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03-23-2010, 7:28 PM
i am thinking of selling my rem. 03a3 and i have a price in mind and i was wondering what you would value it at. i would take some good photos but my cell is all i have for now, so only one pic up. its a refurb and is the cleanest one i have seen in some time. the receiver is a 42 and barrel is 6-43 nice finish on stock and really nice finish on receiver. not a dent in the stock exept for the end by the stacking swivel and that is it. if i get a chance i will get a camara and take good photos before i list it.

Milsurp Collector
03-23-2010, 7:54 PM
Best way to see some real sale prices


03-23-2010, 8:29 PM
What's the story on the C-stock? Is that a CMP stock or keystone or what?

03-23-2010, 9:27 PM
I just bought one for 600. It was a CMP hand select with a Burris scope that was included, two sets of Furniture, and a sling. Good luck with your sale.

03-23-2010, 9:37 PM
the stock is not a cmp from what i can tell. it has a light proof mark on the left side of " ca-1 or ca-p " its really hard to tell what it is. i'm not familiar with other proof markings i.e cmp or other replacement stocks. other than that i dont know the history of it so who knows.

03-24-2010, 6:29 AM
IMO -- the 03A3 is a great mil surp weapon.

The OP's photo appears to show a lot of shine on the stock -- so I wonder if the stock was finished with some kind of lacquer instead of the original oil finish.

IIRC, all 03A3's came with the "C" stock. The 03A3 was used by the USMC into WWII as they did not adopt the Garand until after the start of WWII. In fact, the USMC fought Guadalcanal with the bolt action weapon.

Many 03A3's were in Vietnam post French defeat; and the Viet Cong had many of them. I have a friend who has one as a war throphy and he still shoots it.

03-24-2010, 8:03 AM
That sure is a beauty. I bought mine 8 years ago for $500 and it was probably used as a blank parade gun. The throat is worn out, but the muzzle end is good. Despite that, it still hits the target well. I have a new barrel for mine and eventually will change it out.

The one you have should get a good price, but personally, I'd keep it. Good 03A3s have sure gone up in value lately.

Milsurp Collector
03-24-2010, 8:38 AM
IIRC, all 03A3's came with the "C" stock. The 03A3 was used by the USMC into WWII as they did not adopt the Garand until after the start of WWII. In fact, the USMC fought Guadalcanal with the bolt action weapon.

The M1903A3 was originally fitted with the "S" type stock without grasping grooves.


Some M1903A3s were fitted with "scant" or "C" stocks during arsenal rebuilds.

The M1903A3 went into production in late 1942, after the Battle of Guadalcanal was pretty much over. The Marines used the regular M1903 during the first 6 months of the war and then transitioned to the M1. The M1903A3 was used mostly by Army squad grenadiers but it was also used by other front-line troops, and rear area troops like military police. It was also used for training.

There is a thread in the CMP forum where people are complaining about seeing M1903A3s being used by Marines on Guadalcanal in the HBO series "The Pacific". The movie company must have used a M1903A3 as a model to make their dummy rifles, not realizing it wasn't historically accurate.

03-24-2010, 9:06 AM
Milsurp you beat me to it on the C-stock info. Still looking for a nice keystone for my 1903A3.

03-24-2010, 9:14 AM
Milsurp Collector -- you are correct. Looking at photos of that Vietnam War trophy, it too has an "S" stock.

I'm going to start a new thread with photos of that former VC weapon.

Kindest Regards,


03-24-2010, 8:27 PM
i have looked the stock over pretty good and there is no other markings besides the faint markings on the left side. like i said it looks different from what my wife thinks it says. she says it looks like " LA-P". it's a shiney finish and the marks appear to be a ink marking and not really a imbossed mark but could be. there is also a real faint square shape marking in front of the selector lever. i would take pics of the marks but they will never show up because how light they are. if someone knows about the stock let me know.