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Info on 1903 A3?

bull300wsmbull300wsm Member Posts: 3,289
edited October 2014 in Ask the Experts
The guy I got the handguns from called to see if I wanted two more. I asked what he had and he told me a 1903 A3 and a Remington Nylon 66 Mohawk Brown. He said the bolt wouldn't go all the way in but could be used for parts and the 66 needed a bolt handle.The bad news I think is the 1903 is a National Ordinance but it did come with a bayonet..From the info I could gather they were a cobbed together that true and is it safe to looks to be in pretty good shape..the good news I paid $75 for both..



  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,649 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    $75! You came out of that deal, smelling like a rose. Parted out, they are likely worth at least 5 times that. We have no way to ascertain there functionality, or safety over the net? Your going to have to take them to a competent gunsmith for that. Which is going to cost you.

    Unless you have really fallen in love with them. Put them on the auction, for a quick profit. Sell them on a "AS IS", basis. Let the winning buyer(s), pay the gunsmith.
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,346 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Good score. I put a basket case 66 together once, it was a real challenge. Bolt handle appears available for $11

    Do the numbers match the 03A3, and is the serial # greater than 800,000? An unfitted parts gun might be very unsafe to shoot. Head space check is cheap insurance.
  • nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,793 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Nat Ord's have a commercial cast receiver assembled with used USGI parts. It should be considered to be unsafe to fire.

    R-S's advice is sound; you could probably get more for the parts, but most of us would have to pay a gunsmith to take it apart. You may not want to fool with that.


    EDIT: Some bayonets were made with a 10" blade, some were longer & were cut down to 10". Without photos, no opinion.
  • bull300wsmbull300wsm Member Posts: 3,289
    edited November -1
    Thanks for the info guys I will check the gun out more closely. It came with a bayonet that is marked AFH which I found out is American Fork & Hoe one of the companies that made bayonets for the 1903. It is a 10" model...does that add anything if I part it out or sell it..thanks guys always some great info here..bull
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