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Old January 21, 2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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03' Springfield Brain Tease

Okay;... I've got this Springfield 1903 not 03A3, ser# 1241396 with a SA barrel stamped 12-21. With a refinished "C" stock and no cartouches. The finish is black which makes me think it's a CMP rifle. When was this rifle really produced and what model is it really? 03', 03A1',03A3'.

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Old January 23, 2006, 09:39 AM   #2
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Your serial number tracks to 1922, so the 12/21 barrel is probably original. However the C stock was introduced on the 1903A1 which started around 1929, so it's probably a restock. The lack of cartouches could be from the refinish.
As for the "black" finish. Is it paint, phosphate (parkerized) or what?
I don't know why this would be associated with the CMP. They don't normally "refinish" anything.

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Old January 23, 2006, 02:40 PM   #3
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Probably a Greek rifle (sold through the CMP).

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The Greeks currently being sold are M1 Garands
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Old February 11, 2006, 12:41 AM   #5
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Two years ago, I purchased a 1903 Springfield from CMP. The serial number and barrel markings are both from 1918, but it has a parkerized bolt. Judging from the stamps on the stock, I think it was a 1945 rebuild.

The bluing is so dark, it looks almost black. I'm assuming that was done during the arsenal rebuild.
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