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Old January 12, 2018, 08:01 PM   #1
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1903A3

Hello, I am new to collecting US Service weapons but I have picked up what I think is a sweet Remington 1903A3. The serial number on the rifle says it was made in 1942, the serial number is also about 10,000 below when production on the 1903A3 began in 1943 so I think I have one of the first 2000 1903A3's made in 1942

My questions is what stock should be on the rifle. it has what looks to be a field replacement with multiple repairs and a decent split behind the receiver. I know there are a number of stocks so I want to make sure I put a stock on it that should have been on it in 1942.

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Old January 13, 2018, 12:22 AM   #2
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Your serial number puts the rifle near the end of the production line in Dec 1942, so it was near the end of the 300,000 or so rifles made by Remington that year.

A straight stock would be the correct stock for that rifle.
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Old January 13, 2018, 01:32 PM   #3
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"...production on the 1903A3 began in 1943..." Started in 1942 with some in 1941. Like Steve says, your's is a December of '42.
Rummage around here. Clicking on 'Manufacture Dates' can make your head explode though. Lotta work put in there.
http://m1903.com/
"...a field replacement..." More likely to have been done at some time since 1942. Any rebuild marks on it?
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Old January 13, 2018, 02:53 PM   #4
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Remington made 1903 and 1903 Modified rifles in 1941 and most of 1942.
The 1903A3 with receiver sight was first delivered Dec. 1942, with some 1903 Mod still coming out into 1943.
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Old January 14, 2018, 01:00 AM   #5
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there are no cartouches or rearsenal marks on the current stock. it has a 4 grove SC barrel. and the current stock shows several repairs. the rifle itself has a milled trigger guard, butt
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With milled guard and SC barrel you obviously have a rebuild so as far as the stock goes you can pick any one of the three. I would replace your beater with a scant stock from SARCO and then enjoy shooting your piece of US military history.
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