The only other modification to be done during the conversion process would be the milling down of the handguard. When the Korean War broke out, the Marines were once again in an uncertain spot in regards to sniper rifles, and sniping in general. This was the Model 1903A1 sniper rifle and it had an 8x power Unertl scope. It can't reasonably be returned to it's original configuration. As with the bolt handle clearance cut on the stock, it is almost assuredly a practice that began with the Marine teams and filtered into practice for regular unit Marine armorers. As mentioned previously, the 1st Marine Division had found success with their army issued M1903A4 sniper rifles, a sturdy design that was much more suited for the dense jungle warfare the Corps faced in 1943.
Production barrels were measured with star-gauges, and those meeting specified tolerances were stamped with an asterisk shaped star on the muzzle crown. The sling is in about Good condition. We have developed techniques which unlock accuracy previously thought impossible in a fully-stocked iron-sight military rifle. The sight ladder is then lowered and the rear portion of the cover is flipped down to cover the remainder of the sight. Early rifles used the type S stock until the type C stock became standard in 1929. Rock Island produced the weapon until 1919, and they had manufactured a total of 346,000 rifles.
The bolt handles in particular were still quite shiny, and can be seen gleaming in the sun in period era photos. Without some help from some good friends I wouldn't be able to tell if it was real or fake. Rifle is a Springfield Armory manufacture having a barrel date of 7-25. The metal is finished in National Match Armory's unique combination of parkerize and military finish blue, much as they were originally done. The lower barrel band is blued. Ran the serial number on it and got a hit. It was a nicely done 03 sporter,nothing more ,nothing less.
On top of this, only Lyman 5A scopes are listed as having been expended in combat, with no mention of Unertls having met the same fate. Some rifles did go to Britain but not nearly the full 500,000 that was in the early contract. Each and every part is meticulously hand worked to maximize its appearance as well as its fit. If he was the original buyer of the rifle, it was 50+ years ago. Close examination of existing rifles and period photos show the watery finish is indeed present.
World War Two era barrels were made by Springfield Armory, High Standard, and R. The serial number is in the 151xxxx range. The rifles value depends on many things. The United States Rifle, Caliber. Thereafter, all internal accounting controls were removed, and both gaps and duplicates occurred without any corrective measures taken. I'd like to throw out for humor purposes.
A nice Model 1903 has a lot of accuracy potential and could be transformed into a first rate sporting rifle or competition rifle, more suitable for their purposes than it would have been in its military configuration. There were ample M1903A1 Unertl sniper rifles to draw from, as well as a small compliment of M1C Garand sniper rifles, but the men to whom they were issued varied widely. It has an R mark on it so I think it's a later Remington hood. Lynaugh to hold the rifle and a photograph of the reunion was taken. The long range advantage afforded to Marine marksmen carrying the Unertl sniper rifle would prove to be a moot point in a jungle environment that saw most engagements taking place at close range.
Nonetheless, the document shows the muddled logistical situation the Marine Corps faced due to the lack of a service-wide standardization of sniper rifles. Some trigger housings would be milled on the screw well and the magazine well, while others would only require one of these areas to be modified, showing the precise and individual nature of this modification. There were alot of gunsmiths in this time period who made a living doing sporter coversions and some were very good at thier craft. As noted by several genuine examples, the M1903A1 Unertl sniper rifles were eventually sold to Marines interested in buying them. One of my sons friends bought a rifle similair to this one at an auction here a couple of years ago,only his had a cut down finger groove stock on it. He has studied these in depth, and currently volunteers at two local museums providing them with accurate information about their firearms.
Triggers are smoothed up and lightened while the bolts and other moving parts are fitted, honed, stoned and lapped to assure smooth, slick operation - even under grueling competition conditions. I will try and post a sales add I was sent on the rifles. A significant change to the M1903 in regards to ergonomics and performance would take place in 1929, just before the National Matches at Camp Perry. A huge number of American soldiers passed through Camp Potanezen, built just a few miles from the port of Brest, through which nearly 800,000 troops arrived in France. As such, bolt attributes are an important factor that allow for an easier identification process when examining a potential Unertl sniper rifle. Despite the manufacturing shortcuts, the 1903A3 had was a strong and safe weapon due to the fact that the receiver was made out of nickel steel.