COMING IN MAY 2020
SPRINGFIELD 1903 A1 BOLT ACTION USMC SNIPER RIFLE.
inv # 20-901
Extremely scarce original World War II era Sniper set w/ scope, scope carrier, correct sling & front sight cover. Rifles were assembled at the Marine Depot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a replacement for the earlier Models using the Lyman 5A telescopic sight. According to “the Model 1903 Springfield Rifle” by Joe Poyer, early models were assembled from National Match rifles, but later models were made from selected 1903A1 rifles. The Unertl scope was recommended for adoption by Marine Corp. Equipment Board after studying various telescopes under field conditions. The sniping combination served in WWII & the Korean conflict until it’s eventual replacement by the M1 Garand Sniper rifle. This rifle has a 24” bbl. marked “SA” flaming bomb “7-42”. Late production Remington bolt electro penciled to match S#. Ladder rear sight graduated to 2,850 yds. Dished elevation & windage knobs. Moveable base is marked “R”. Fixed sight base made w/out lightening cuts. Blade front sight w/ sheet metal sight protector. Receiver ring & bbl. fitted w/ dovetail scope bases 7.2” on center. All milled furniture. Checkered National Match trap buttplate. National Match type serrated trigger. US 1907 sling marked “J.C.S. CO. C.E.B.”. Receiver bridge has been drilled & tapped on right sight for Lyman sight. Matching walnut “C” stock w/ 2 recoil bolts. Stock is unmarked except for “S” in cutoff recess, indicating mfg. by Springfield Armory. Rifle includes correct Unertl 8x power target telescope w/ ¾” tube. Scope was supplied w/out recoil spring due to concerns that sand from beaches working under the spring could score the tube. Has correct 2nd ring behind front mt. Mounts are blackened duralumin. Scope has AO & screw in lens caps. Fine crosshair reticle w/ dot.