This is a very fine condition and documented Springfield Model 1903A1 National Match Rifle.
The Model 1903A1 was approved by the Ordnance Department in early 1928, but the only difference between it and the Model 1903 was the addition of the "C" or pistol grip stock. While it used to be thought that all service rifle assembly ended in fiscal year 1927, with all assembly after that date devoted to match rifles, some new production after 1927 continued to be assembled and issued as standard service rifles to Army units in the field. Because of the existence of large numbers of older straight or "S" stocks still in inventory at the end of WWI, these "S" stocks continued to be used for service rifle production with the "C" stocks being used for National Match rifles. Springfield production of 1903s after WWI was exceedingly small compared to wartime production with only 4,464 produced in 1926 when this rifle was manufactured.
The serial number on this rifle is 1272191, which places its year of production as mid 1926, which was rebuilt probably at least once at Springfield Armory for the National Matches in the 1920s. The receiver retains 98% of its original finish with crisp Springfield and serial number stampings. There is no Hatcher Hole on the left side of the receiver, which indicates this rifle did not go back through an armory after 1936 when the Hatcher Hole was introduced for both new production and for reworked rifles. The bottom of the receiver has numerous inspection stamp. On the front receiver lug is some tape and some composite with a corresponding substance in the lug recess in the stock, which was designed to give a tight receiver to stock fit. The receiver left lug rail is polished to the white as is the rear tang of the receiver where it rights over the sear.
The right side of the receiver is drilled and tapped for the Lyman No. 48 Springfield Rear Sight Assembly. A Lyman No. 48C Short Adjustable Rear Sight is present and it is in very fine condition. This Lyman Sight has ½ minute of angle clicks for both windage and elevation. The original elevation base lock bolt is present and properly secures the elevation adjustment. The elevation scale is 0 to 60. The rear sight screw in Aperture is present and is in fine condition. Windage adjustments are ¼ minue of angle and it operates smoothly.
The Barrel on this rifle is a very fine Springfield National Match barrel dated December 1928. The barrel is marked with the "SA" stamp over the Ordnance Bomb over the date "12-28." The bottom rear of the barrel (as seen when disassembled) has an “H” stamp as well as a “346” stamp. The lower crown of the barrel has the star gauge stamp indicating this was star gauged at Springfield Armory. The Barrel retains 98% of the original finish. The Barrel gauges at just over 0 at the muzzle and has a mirror bore so this will still be a very accurate shooting rifle. The Front Sight Base shows no wear from installation of a Front Sight Protector. The Adjustable Front Sight and Fixed Base are correctly staked "in line" with one another at the front. The Front Sight Screw is not marred. The Front Sight is a very fine condition and original Lyman 17A XNA 1903 National Match Globe Front Sight. The original threaded cap is present but there are currently no inserts installed. The right side of the front sight has the “LYMAN” stamp. The Globe Front Sight retains 95% plus of its original blued finish.
The Bolt is in excellent condition and is a bent-handle Springfield bolt marked "W3L" on the top of the bolt handle root, indicating it was manufactured in the early to mid-1920s when this rifle was manufactured. The Bolt is correctly polished to the white for National Match use, to include the bolt face. The Extractor Collar is milled and is also polished to the white. There is a Rockwell Hardness Test punch mark on the bottom of the bolt handle root along with a sans serif “X” stamp. The top of the bolt body is correctly electro-penciled with the matching serial number “1272191.”
The Bolt Sleeve is the correct 3-position type that retains 95% plus% of its original finish that now exhibits a plum patina. The Safety has the rounded top portion with no hole and the "SAFE" and "READY" stamps are in sans serif, block letters. The Safety retains 95% of its original blued finish. The Extractor is the early type with small gas hole and it is polished on the outside surface as well as the sides and the inside surface retains 95% of the original blued finish.
The Firing Pin retains 95% of its original finish. The Firing Pin Sleeve retains 95% of its original blue finish. The Cocking Piece has three knurled rings at the head - one partial ring towards the head. The Cocking Piece retains traces of its original color case-hardened finish. The Firing Pin Spring remains in the white and is in very fine condition. The Safety functions perfectly.
The Rear Sight is correctly removed, as was common with many National Match rifles. In the windage knob spindle recess is a piece of leather, which was obviously put there to keep the recess from snagging on anything. The Fixed Rear Sight Base has the lightening cuts and retains a dark finish on the upper portion. The Base is pinned at the bottom and the pins remain flush. There are several stamps on the bottom of the base that appear to be assembler's marks.
The Trigger Guard is a very fine condition, milled third type with the shortened trigger slot and it retains 95% of its original finish. There is what appears to be a piece of wood secured to the front milled out section of the guard, which is probably designed to give the guard a tighter fit in the stock. There is also what appears to be tape at the rear guard screw hole, which is also likely to have been put there to provide a tight stock to guard fit when assembled. The Floorplate is the Springfield type with straight sides at the milled portion that secures the follower spring and it retains 95% of its original finish with slight thinning on the bottom part of the plate along the sharp edges. The inside of the floor plate has a “S7” stamp. Follower is milled and is polished on the top portion and retains the majority of its original blued finish on the bottom. The rear edge of the follower is also polished. The Follower Spring shows considerable original blued finish.
The Trigger is the correct second Springfield type with longitudinal grooves and checkered tip and it retains the majority of its original blued finish. The Sear is blued with the rounded nose and weep hole and has the correct sans serif “S” stamp on the left side and is polished on its top, rear edge. The top edge of the trigger is also polished. The Trigger Pin retains the majority of its original finish. The Magazine Cutoff has the sans serif "ON,” that is polished and "OFF" stamp, that is blued. The cutoff works correctly.
The Handguard is the correct type with very slight concave sight protective ramp and short clearance cut. It has the two clips and no fixture slot. The Windage Knob clearance cut is the large semi-circular type. The underside of the handguard has a sans serif “S” stamp. There are very minor dings and scratches on the handguard but it is in excellent condition and it matches the color and finish of the stock.
The Stock is a two-bolt, “C” stock with minor dings and scratches that is in very fine condition. On the left stock flat is a crisp boxed “D.A.L.” stamp, which is the inspection stamp of David A. Lyle, who was an inspector at Springfield Armory from 1916 to 1942. There is what appears to be a “K” stamp in the magazine cutoff recess. There is a circle sans serif “P” proof stamp on the wrist. The stock correctly does not have a Lyman 48 recess on the right side.
The Butt Plate on the stock is the correct early large checkered National Match butt plate with the compartment door. The butt plate tang retains the majority of its original finish and the tang screw slot is unmarred. The butt plate screw also retains most of its original finish and the slot is unmarred. The lower butt plate screw retains a foam butt plate pad, which was originally glued to the butt plate but the top portion of the pad is now loose from the plate. Interestingly, the trap compartment of the stock has a round lead weight and the rest of the compartment is filled with sand, which was to help reduce recoil. The Lower Sling Swivel Assembly is the correct milled type that retains 95% of its blued finish with no marred screws.
The Upper Band is the correct milled type with "H" hardened stamp on the bottom of the bayonet lug and it retains 95% of its finish. The Stacking Swivel is milled and retains 90% of its finish. The Upper Band Screw retains the majority of its original finish. The Lower Band is the correct milled type with groove and has the sans serif "U" stamp on the right side. The Band retains 90% of its blued finish that now largely exhibits a plum patina. The Sling Swivel is the solid shank type and retains 70% of its finish. The Band Retaining Spring retains 80% of its finish.
This is a beautiful Springfield Model 1903 National Match Team Rifle from the late 1920s that sits in the correct “C” stock and is in very fine condition. The bolt is tight in battery and the rifle headspaces correctly using an issue Field Test Bolt and Clymer "GO" and "NO GO" gauges. This rifle is listed by serial number in the Springfield Research Service Summary of D.C.M. Rifle Sales 1922-1942. On page 23 of the summery is this rifle, serial number 1272151, which is listed as “NMC,” which is “Rifle, U.S., cal. .30, M1903 National Match Type C.” This rifle functions perfectly and will still be a very accurate match rifle.
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