View Full Version : O.K. where can you get a nice 1903?

05-12-2006, 8:54 PM
O.K. where can you get a nice 1903 springfield at a reasonable price?

05-12-2006, 9:03 PM
CMP still has some if you want to go that route.

05-12-2006, 9:26 PM
O.K. where can you get a nice 1903 springfield at a reasonable price?

If you go to the CMP Western Games at Camp Pendleton, you can hand pick a CMP 03A3. My friend got a really nice one. Too bad it's not until Novemeber.

05-13-2006, 3:18 AM
The CMP website, currently shows no 1903A'a only 1903's in stock. The Western Games is a good idea, if you can wait and the CMP supply continunes. I shot the match last year (first Western Games) and worked as a volunteer for the CMP, great fun and picked up a nice HRA Greek service grade to boot.

05-13-2006, 9:52 AM
CMP has been out of 03A3's for a while now. However they still have 03's in stock.

05-14-2006, 7:06 PM
If you wait until the western games there is a good chance some or all of the currently available 03 options will be sold out.

This was posted by O. Michaels a week ago:

Let me put it in perspective about the M1903s.
As of today - and not considering the stacks of mail we have not yet started processing:

M1903 Remington - 672 remaining - 5 months sales based on trend data.
M1903 Mark I - 738 remaining - 10 months sales based on trend data.
M1903 Springfield - 1017 remaining - 6 months sales based on trend data.

That should speak for itself.

When the A3's were getting low he stated they "should last about a year". They were gone in less than 7 months. If you really want one you should take your chances with mail order now.

05-15-2006, 4:00 PM
CMP will also be at the Reno gun show in August. They will have rifles available at that show although you never know what they will have. It is likely that they will have some 1903s because they are not currently back ordered.

05-16-2006, 11:09 AM
Anyone know the difference between the 1903 and 1903A?

glen avon
05-16-2006, 11:42 AM
rear sights, stamped v. milled parts (generally).

the 03's tend to be used and abused more (as they are older).

I prefer the 03A3. nothing wrong with both....

1903. rear leaf sight mounted on barrel. milled mag and stock hardware.

later, gov't asked remington to build. rem came up with production and cost shortcuts. receiver mounted peep sight, stamped mag and stock hardware.

there are other differences, e.g., bolts slightly different, HGs different, no 2-groove 03 barrels, no improperly heat treated 03A3s, etc.

05-18-2006, 9:08 AM
I saw a real cherry Smith Corona 03A3 for sale here.

oh, wait...I bought it... :D

05-18-2006, 5:45 PM
I saw a real cherry Smith Corona 03A3 for sale here.

oh, wait...I bought it... :D

Have you shot the darn thing yet? You've had it for a month and a half now.

ETA: I just know that some day I'm going to regret selling that rifle.

05-18-2006, 10:29 PM
The general concensus I have heard about 1903's is that (excluding the low serial numbered Springfields) the 1903 is generally a better quality firearm, but the 1903A3 has the better rear peep sight, along with the ability to have the mil scope mount mounted without drilling/tapping.

Either way, it's a shame to have only one (or neither), so keep your eyes open and grab one if you see it at a good price, and then keep your eyes peeled for the other. I am still kicking myself for not grabbing a 1903A3 from the CMP while they had them. At least I got a Remington 1903 from them though, so all is not lost.

05-19-2006, 7:41 AM
Of the three listed on their website, which would you recommend?

R030SHS High Serial Numbered Springfield w/ S Stock $450.00
R030SMS Mark 1 Springfield w/ S Stock $450.00
R030REMS Remington w/ S Stock $450.00

Mesa Tactical
05-24-2006, 2:24 PM
the 03's tend to be used and abused more (as they are older).

Aye, but that can be a good thing.

My 03 was made in 1918. Its serial number is just above the cutoff. It has probably had about a bazillion rounds through it and consequently has the best trigger of any of my military rifles (and I have over 40).