1919 US ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL M1903 .30-06 Bolt Action MILITARY Rifle C&R Infantry Rifle Made in 1919 In ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS
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1919 US ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL M1903 .30-06 Bolt Action MILITARY Rifle C&R
Infantry Rifle Made in 1919 In ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS
Here we present a U.S. Rock Island Arsenal Model 1903 Rifle, manufactured circa 1919 at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. This model rifle had a production run from 1903 through 1949 with over 3,000,000 produced. The M1903 Springfield, formally the United States Rifle, is an American five-round magazine fed, bolt-action service repeating rifle, used primarily during the first half of the 20th century. It was officially adopted as a United States military bolt-action rifle on June 19, 1903, and saw service in World War I. It was officially replaced as the standard infantry rifle by the faster-firing semi-automatic eight-round M1 Garand starting in 1936. However, the M1903 Springfield remained in service as a standard issue infantry rifle during World War II since the U.S. entered the war without sufficient M1 rifles to arm all troops. It also remained in service as a sniper rifle from 1936 through 1975, which included World War II, the Korean War, and even in the Vietnam War. It still remains popular as a civilian firearm, historical collector's piece, a competitive shooting rifle, and as a military drill rifle.
Initially, the 1903 Springfield was chambered in a new .30-03 caliber. The cartridge employed a rimless, necked-down case with a 220-grain round-nosed bullet that left the muzzle of the 24-inch barrel at some 2,300 feet-per-second. Though the round was certainly adequate for military work, when the Germans adopted a superior pointed spitzer bullet in 1904, the Americans followed suit with their own version that had a 150-grain cupro-nickel-jacketed bullet that boosted the older round's velocity by some 400 fps. And thus, the famed .30-06 was born.
This one was made prior to World War II. The barrel is marked “S.A./FLAMING BOMB/3-27”. The top of the barrel is marked “U.S./ROCK ISLAND/ARESENAL/MODEL 1903”. The serial number of the receiver dates to 1919. It comes with its CMP certificate from 2002.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong all around. The bore is bright. All marks are legible. This example has a solid stock and includes a safety booklet, CMP certificate, and gun lock. Here is a great set to display in the collection!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 24 inches in length.
Caliber: 30-06 Springfield
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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