View Full Version : Help with 1903 NRA Sporter

August 17, 2018, 09:21 PM
Having believed I’ve purchased a true Sporter. I’d like some help getting more info about it. Serial number 1285597. It has all the correct markings, star on crown, barrel 12 27, serial number on bolt matches. Any way to fight me out more about it?

August 17, 2018, 09:45 PM
Pictures would be nice

August 17, 2018, 10:38 PM
There are folks here who can give you answers.I'm not the guy,I just like the rifles.

Be a little patient.You posted in the proper place,but it seems this area gets a little less traffic

4V50 Gary
August 18, 2018, 09:38 AM
Let's see more pictures. Stock, rear sights?

August 18, 2018, 10:09 AM
Receiver built in 1928/nickel-steel
Does it also have an 'ns' stamped into the bolt handle where it meets the bolt body?
Looks like it was re-barreled. (a good thing) ;)

August 18, 2018, 02:38 PM
More photos, the barrel is marked 12 27 and the serial number matches the number on the bolt

August 18, 2018, 07:38 PM
More photos

August 19, 2018, 02:06 PM
Sight looks like a reverse mounted Lyman 57. Would have to see the other side to tell. Is the inside of the hole in the sight threaded for disc apertures?

J.G. Terry
August 19, 2018, 02:37 PM
Those era Springfield 03 NRA Sporters and Match Rifles were special. Hope yours works well. Nobody will believe you about the accuracy. It would be good to have a picture of the rear sight. The windage knob is on the wrong side for a 48.

August 19, 2018, 02:47 PM
Yep. A 48 is what I was actually thinking of. The knob orientation is why I wondered if the gunsmith had worked out how to mount it backward to keep it clear of the safety. Assuming the "peep" hole is threaded, it could be used as a ghost ring as-is or an aperture disc screwed in. Interesting arrangement.

4V50 Gary
August 19, 2018, 10:23 PM
how about a view of the complete rifle. I'll pull out Campbell and Brophy later

August 19, 2018, 10:55 PM

4V50 Gary
August 20, 2018, 07:38 AM
Any markings on the bolt body?

August 20, 2018, 07:42 AM
The NRA just sent me a reply that the serial number matches and it’s a real NRA Sporter. The serial number on the rifle is etched on the bolt

4V50 Gary
August 20, 2018, 09:28 AM
The serial number on the rifle is etched on the bolt
That was the last bit of confirmation I was looking for. Cool!

August 20, 2018, 11:51 AM
Thanks, I’m still looking at maybe finding more info like original purchaser, but at least I know it’s legit. It also seems the value of it swings wildly.

J.G. Terry
August 22, 2018, 06:17 AM
The sight is correct-senior moment. I would be great to have the view of the right side of the rifle. Thanks for sharing photos of your classic rifle.

August 22, 2018, 07:17 AM
Hope this helps