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Rock Island 1903 Springfield 30-06 Rifle Made 1918

Well less than 200000 Rock Island 1903’s were made and with the attrition of two world wars and several smaller ones, few survive today. This one was made in 1918 (SN 280291). It is just under the number for the improved heat treat but was not removed from service when it came in for refurbishment in WWII (according to Ferris in his definitive Rock Island Rifle Model 1903 “some were actually Parkerized and proof tested during rebuild after 1941” and it appears that is the case here. The barrel is a Springfield Armory replacement dated 1942 and the stock is a Remington bearing its original FJA cartouche and ordinance acceptance marks with the later Raritan Arsenal rebuild proof mark added nearby. The bolt is the correct small gas hole version. It retains about 75% finish which is covered in many areas by dried preservative and there is a little micro pitting right at the stock line on the left side of the rear sight base while the bore is about 80% smooth and shiny with strong, sharp rifling and 20% scattered patches of rust and the stocks are completely sound with scattered light to moderate handling marks typical for an arm such as this. An interesting old solider that probably fought its way through at least two wars and lived to see today. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of March 4th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-26-19A--19-09-28