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Old March 16, 2013, 09:37 PM   #10
James K
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There were two "stages" of DCM sales of '03-A3's. The first part followed the book, same as with the M1903 sales. The Army made repairs as needed, then (re) proofed the rifles before release. I think the price was $35. That is the reason for the second set of inspector's initials, which some collectors interpret as meaning that the rifle was rebuilt. Maybe, but most of the '03-A3's were brand new; the Army arsenals were going through the formalities.

But then, sales weren't proceeding fast enough to clear out all the depots, so they reduced the price to $14, and declared all the remaining rifles to be "unserviceable", which meant they could be sold "as is" (most were perfect) and any liability rested with the purchaser.

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