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And broke a promise to myself. I bought a Remmy.

BUT it is a Remington 1903! High serial, pre '03A3 and it is an arsenal rebuild. It is a shooter and (for my purposes) in great condition!

I've wanted one of these since I was on crack rifle (Drill Squad) in boot camp, wearing the chrome dome. The urge kicked into high gear when I shot a friend's '03A3.

Another friend was on scene when a widow decided enough time had passed and cleared out her hubby's collection. Which happened to be hundreds of rifles and handguns. My friend made a quick assessment, pulled all the 1903 variants, the Garands, the Enfields (SMLEs and 1917s). I had seven to choose from all in about the same condition but this one was speaking to me.

Pics to follow soon!

Jon
 

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Sweet! ...can't wait to see the pics.

I really would like to get an '03, but I just don't know what I'm looking at enough to be an edjumacated buyer... ???
 

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I'm certainly not an encyclopedia on surplus/military guns. The '03s had heat treating issues under serials 100,000 or so. This one is WELL over 1 million on the serial. It is an arsenal rebuild, so a couple of numbers don't match and the barrel is in almost new condition.

For military I don't look for pretty but pretty rugged. I'd be more than comfortable smashing the butt into someone or blocking a sword with this stock.

The rear sight on these is a ladder, adjustable for windage and elevation. It has a bayonet lug. A couple of the other rifles had military leather slings...but they weren't speaking to me.

$550 for a good condition shooter felt pretty good.

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Cool! can't wait to see the pictures. ;D ;D
 

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Very neat, I'm so jealous. I can't do much with these since I'm left handed, but if I were a righty I'd have one to accompany my M1 Garand already ;D
 

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Still waiting to see a picture. ;D
 

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Yeah! What he said! 8)
 

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Good gravy, man! :eek: Ya'll act like there ain't 14,000 more pages of gun porn on this very forum!

My initial delay was me seeking out a bayonet that would fit this rifle. The cool sword-length kind. All the ones I found were replicas made in China or expensive (or both).

I was then further delayed driving to Kentucky, to scatter Dad's ashes, then give my neice away (who happened to get a VERY nice Marlin 1894C as a wedding present!) at her wedding. While I was there...

I thought a good addition to the rifle like my Grandfather carried in WWI, would be an actual revolver that he DID own, a Smith&Wesson Regulation Police in .38 S&W. Man this thing is tiny. And delicate.

I also came to the harsh realization that the rest of my family is completely ignorant on gun condition, as this revolver was said to be "In almost new condition!"

Live and learn.

Now...for the long awaited porn, taken with a cellphone. 'Cause I'm keepin' it real.

Jon
 

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Apparently the natives get worse every year ;D

Super cool rifle, Jon.
 

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I hope it's just a trick of the light, but the barrel in pic #3 looks seriously warped, or bulged, or something. I hope I'm wrong.

Nice rifle, though!
 

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It's the light/finish/pitting that warps the barrel to the eye. This is the handgun my sis was all excited over when she found it. Then said it was a .38 Special...then a .32 S&W...then back to .38, all the while claiming it looked like it was made yesterday. When I laid hands on it, the gun was handed to me wrapped in a rag, cylinder was extremely gummed up and making the whole works very stiff. Even with anemic factory .38 S&W loads, I'd be very wary of popping off rounds with it.

I'm REAL happy with the M1903! If I could find a decent deal on one of the 1 and 1/3 feet long bayonets that would ice the cake! Sending rounds downrange (far, FAR downrange), with a hunk of timber and half an ironmine of a rifle that soaks up recoil is extremely satisfying!

The pure, unadulterated joy of shooting this rifle has helped me with my decade and a half of indecisiveness on what to do with my Turkish Mauser. I'm going to go with a military contour barrel, chambered in .30-06 and a new military stock set.

Jon
 
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