WW2 U.S. Smith Corona 1903A3 30-06 Springfield **MFG. 1943** Minty SOLD
Guns International #: 101226912 Seller's Inventory #: M19-980
Category: Military Rifles - US - Springfield Rifles - 03
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Seller: Antique & Modern Firearms, Inc.
Company: Antique & Modern Firearms, Inc.
Member Since: 4/27/15
First Name: Charles
Last Name: Layson
Country: United States
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This is an excellent example of an all-original World War 2 1903A3 rifle made by the Smith Corona company in 1943. The Smith Corona made '03A3's are much more scarce than the Remington produced examples, with Smith Corona making a total of 234,580 rifles versus Remington's total production of 707,629 rifles. This particular gun is 100% original and correct just as it left the Smith Corona factory in '43, and has not been thru any Arsenal rebuilds or altered in any way. It is exactly the same today as it was when it was brought home by some G.I. at the end of World War 2. The correct mixture of blued and parkerized finishes on the various parts of the rifle are all very attractive with nearly zero wear or finish loss. The bolt has really nice original blue finish with little wear and a perfect bolt face. The stock bands and rear sight show nice original blue finish as well. The parkerized receiver, barrel, bayonet lug, and triggerguard / floorplate assembly all show a very attractive original dark green/gray color typical of a wartime finish. The bore in this 1903A3 is perfect and could pass as unfired. We gauged it and the throat measured a little under a "2", while the muzzle measured a "1". This means that this rifle is barely even "broken in" and has been very well cared for. The U.S. Arsenal system typically didnt replace these barrels until they got somewhere close to a "10" if that gives you a better idea how little wear the bore shows in this rifle. The rifling still has nice sharp lands and grooves and there is no pitting or erosion visible. The original stock on this Smith Corona is excellent. The stock does show a hairline crack that appears to have been repaired on top of the wrist near the rear tang of the action, but other than that, just shows some light handling marks and dings and dents typical of an issued rifle. The original "FJA" and U.S. Ordnance wheel inspection and acceptance cartouches are sharp and prominent on the left side above the wrist, while all the small inspection stamps in front of the floorplate and the circle "P" proof on the bottom of the wrist are nice and clear. The original steel buttplate is still intact on this rifle, and the little trap door is in excellent working condition. All of the controls and functions on this '03A3 are in perfect working order including the adjustable rear sight. The action is nice and smooth but still precise, locking into battery perfectly. The 2-stage trigger is excellent for a U.S. Military issue rifle, breaking nicely with a medium pull at the second stage. This Smith Corona comes with an original U.S. Military 1952 datedsling that is in excellent condition. This Smith Corona 1903A3 would make an excellent addition to any U.S. Military weapons collection or any gun collection for that matter. These rifles have proven to be excellent investments, and un-molested all-original guns are becoming very hard to find.
PRICE: $1,295 We are Antique & Modern Firearms in Lexington, KY, dealer of fine firearms since 1974. PH. 859-276-1419 We Buy, Sell and Trade Firearms & Knives. Have a Individual Firearm, Firearms Collection, or Firearms Estate to sell, let us know, we can buy or consignment sell it for you. NOTE: No additional Fee for Credit Card Purchases.
Manufacturer: Smith Corona
Model: U.S. 1903A3
Serial Number: 4790899
Caliber: 30-06 Springfield
Metal Condition: Excellent