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#1 doyler

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:20 PM

Picked this up on monday.Have yet to give it a cleaning.Pretty much right out of the closet...farm fresh as they say.I had seen this at an auction last February and missed bidding on it.When I first saw it some of the little ödd"features really spoke to me.Long story but I tracked it down and was able to pick it up.

Rifle is a Springfield Armory manufacture having a barrel date of 7-25.Polished bolt.Also has scope blocks added.I was thinking when I first saw the rifle it may be a match type rifle but wasnt a 100% sure.Figured atanyrate with the blocks I cld make it into a early sniper for display.

Ran the serial number on it and got a hit.This rifle was sold b the DCM in 1926 as a "SPECIAL TARGET RIFLE".Let the pics tell the rest of the story.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:23 PM

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:25 PM

Star gauged barrell and hooded front site

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:28 PM

FWIW, most '03 match guns had a polished bolt like that...any extra markings on the bolt..?

That is one sweet rifle. Congrats..! :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:29 PM

Bolt and markings.This one has no knob on the back of the bolt


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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:31 PM

Back of bolt

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:35 PM

FWIW, most '03 match guns had a polished bolt like that...any extra markings on the bolt..?

That is one sweet rifle. Congrats..! :thumbsup:



Thanks
Thats one reason(polished bolt) that made the rifle stand out.I knew that many of the NM rifles had bolts polished.Also knew this was what some of the "old school"shooters done also.The serial number match ruled out a National Match rifle butstilla target ot match type rifle.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:36 PM

Has a 1917 dated sling on it.Date is real faint but by judgeing the verdegris build up Im thinking its been with the rifle all its life


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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:41 PM

Only markings on the stock is an "S" stamped into the front end of the wood above thebayonet lug

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:42 PM

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:42 PM

Any comments are welcome.Thanks for looking
RD

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:22 AM

Anyone know where I can find a Lyman 5A scope and rings or a Winchester A5 or something similiar??

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:54 AM

Simply beautiful. The color of the stock is , I'm speechless. Can you post a picture of the whole rifle for us to gander at?

We also need a range report with target picture.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:45 PM

Simply beautiful. The color of the stock is , I'm speechless. Can you post a picture of the whole rifle for us to gander at?

We also need a range report with target picture.



Thanks Shoter

Dont know if I will get the rifle to a range.Nothing close here.May have to have a buddy take me to the local club range or maybe out to the one at a state park in the future

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:12 AM

Sounds like a road trip to Texas is required. Bring her to me and I'll take you to the range and supply M2 ball to fire her.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 03:56 AM

Any comments are welcome.Thanks for looking
RD


I've been trying to dig up my Brophy book on '03's from the basement but haven't found it yet, but I'm sure there is something in his book written about these rifles. If I find (the book) I'll report back....I'd think quite a few of us here have a copy of that but I'm gonna keep looking.

I wanna say they are a 'pre-national match' match rifle....

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:27 AM

Only markings on the stock is an "S" stamped into the front end of the wood above thebayonet lug


Okay, according to Brophy's book, the nomenclature on this rifle is "Rifle U.S. Caliber .30, Model 1903, Style S, Special Target"....cool

His totals indicate that only 250 of these were made in 1926.....sold through the DCM for $35.48.

The intent was to make a suitable rifle better than a regular issue weapon, but not quite a National Match Rifle. The star-gauged barrel is the one part that sets the rifles apart from a service rifle....polished bolt as well, but not match grade.

Cool piece you have there, my friend. :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 08:33 PM

Okay, according to Brophy's book, the nomenclature on this rifle is "Rifle U.S. Caliber .30, Model 1903, Style S, Special Target"....cool

His totals indicate that only 250 of these were made in 1926.....sold through the DCM for $35.48.

The intent was to make a suitable rifle better than a regular issue weapon, but not quite a National Match Rifle. The star-gauged barrel is the one part that sets the rifles apart from a service rifle....polished bolt as well, but not match grade.

Cool piece you have there, my friend. :thumbsup:



Thankyou sir!!! :thumbsup: Great information

Didnt have Brodys book or know of the information posted.I hauled it to a show today and got a few looks.Was looking for period scope for it.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:36 PM

wow doyler! the info everforward dug up about your "Special Model" M1903 just keeps getting better :thumbsup:
awesome rifle you've got there. I've never seen one of those before, and with only 250 made, I guess that isn't surprising. Feel free to post more pix of that beauty.
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:35 AM

She's a beauty Ron! Very nice indeed. you don't need a Lyman or a Weaver, what you really want is an Unertl! ;)

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:47 AM

That's a handsome lookin' piece Ron! :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:30 AM

wow doyler! the info everforward dug up about your "Special Model" M1903 just keeps getting better :thumbsup:
awesome rifle you've got there. I've never seen one of those before, and with only 250 made, I guess that isn't surprising. Feel free to post more pix of that beauty.
Terry



Thanks Terry

Date on the barrell is 1925 and as stated the serial number came back as being sold in 1926.I will have to check with a guy I know who is into the target rifles.he may have more info on over all production figures.I will try and post a sales add I was sent on the rifles.

Thanks for looking

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:33 AM

She's a beauty Ron! Very nice indeed. you don't need a Lyman or a Weaver, what you really want is an Unertl! ;)

Will


Hey Will
Thanks for looking......Want and need go hand in hand with afford :rolleyes: :lol:

Either way it will be a hard hunt.Saw an 8x Unertl last April but passed on it.Wasnt cheap but the guy who bout it sold it for 4 times his investment

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:34 AM

That's a handsome lookin' piece Ron! :thumbsup:


Thanks Ian,
she feels good in hand and on the shoulder as well :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 10:42 AM

The headless cocking piece and (sometimes) reversed-action safety were for 'stockcrawlers' who complained about being punched on the nose by the regular ones.


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