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1903a3 match rifle

c.shimerc.shimer Member Posts: 46 ✭✭
edited December 2011 in Ask the Experts
Have a 1903a3 smith corona that was used by a USMC competetor has c stock lyman sights front and rear in excellent condition. worked over by USMC armorer's what's she worth? Selling it for a Korean war vet who shot at camp perry for 20 years. he also has the original sights that go with it and ammo lake city match 1964.


  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    Sweet There were a number of different configurations of match bolt action rifles. some built as Scoped sniper rifles by the military and then other match High Power rifles built by military Marksmanship teams . If you can post pictures it would be a big help on setting a valid value.
  • c.shimerc.shimer Member Posts: 46 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Will have pics tomorrow Good Lord willing
  • v35v35 Member Posts: 12,710 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If finger grooves are missing on the "C" stock it's a National match
    model. Barrels for this rifle were *Star Gaged for accuracy as were A4 sniper barrels.
    Additionally, actions were smoothed and trigger pulls were refined.

    *Star gaged or air gaged whichever was used to specially select for accuracy
  • rusty3040rusty3040 Member Posts: 131 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    never saw any a3 or a4 rifles with a star gauge barrel , star gauge barrels ended before either of those models came out
  • validatorvalidator Member Posts: 12 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    The American Rifleman reprint "Model 1903 Springfield Rifles" has an interesting article by Bill Brophy on the M1903A3 National Match rifle.
  • HerschelHerschel Member Posts: 2,035 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The 1903A3 National Match is shown in The Springfield 1903 Rifles by Brophy. The rifle pictured is in an "S" stock. Brophy calls the 1903A3 a "comedy of errors". Those in existence today are desirable collector's items as, according to Brophy, only 140 were produced.
  • cbyerlycbyerly Member Posts: 689 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Let's cut through the BS! It is a purpose built rifle that IS NOT a national match rifle. It may have been used there, but that does not make it an 03A3 match rifle. If it has a Lyman 48 sight, It would be worth about $5-6 hundred.
  • HerschelHerschel Member Posts: 2,035 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    cbyerly, I think you are right on with your rather blunt comment about the 03A3. There is a slim, slim chance it is one of the 03A3 NM rifles as written up by Brophy in the AR Magazine and in his book. When I was shooting highpower in the 1950's and 1960's it was a common thing to see the NRA Match Rifles that were made up from 1903 and 1903A3 Rifles. Active duty USMC and MC Reserve shooters were using the National Match M1 in those years.
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