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MilsurpMonkey
October 31, 2015, 11:52
A few years ago I got a very nice all original Remington 1903a3 built 4-43 and pencil whipped through Red River Arsenal. Last month I picked up a very neat Rock Island Greek return from a fellow files member that was rebarreled with a 6-42 SA barrel and had a Remington 03a3 bolt installed, overall a nice first 1903. Now, another has followed me home, 9-43 Smith Corona 1903a3 that sports an original barreled action and having only had the stock and rear sling swivel replaced with Remington parts at what loos like San Antonio arsenal. Just need a springer 1903 to have the basic collection covered, I'll try finding a Remington 1903a1 later :tongue:

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj486/Milsurpmonkey/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20151031_093932973_zpshjrkdox2.jpg

tdb59
October 31, 2015, 12:16
The NFR Garand is still here, too....




:angel:



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MilsurpMonkey
October 31, 2015, 12:19
It's still on my mind too, but I have a shot at possibly picking up an original m1a1 carbine that I'm holding out for. I can still see that crisp clear NFR cartouche :bow:

Retired Bum
October 31, 2015, 16:46
I have owned numerous 1903's and variations over the years. Springfield Armory, Rock Island Arsenal, and Remington. But the only M1903 I currently own is a Remington M1903 made just before the 03 was dropped from production in May 1942 and replaced with the 03A3.

This 1903 has the straight stock with the cartouche OGEK. OG is for the Ogden Utah Arms Depot and EK is the initials of the inspector. Elmer Keith worked as an arms inspector at Ogden during WW Two. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that Keith actually inspected my rifle. Perhaps an underling did it for him and used that stamp to pass the weapon.

One of these days I will most probably put it up for sale along with my SA M1 Garand made in March 1945 and my Inland M1A1 .30 Carbine. I don't shoot them anymore and someone else might want to have them in their US military rifle collection.

And so it goes.


The Retired One

MilsurpMonkey
October 31, 2015, 17:14
Very nice, but there were two OGEK inspectors at Ogden. If the letters are surrounded by a box, it was Elmer Kieth who personally put it there as described in his autobiography. Unboxed and it was the other inspector whose name I forget. I've got a Kieth inspected M1917 Eddystone.

Retired Bum
October 31, 2015, 19:42
So I got the Remington M1903 out of the safe and had a look at the cartouche. The letters OGEK are inside of a rectangle which I guess is the box referred to. So Elmer did inspect my 03 after all. Does this increase it's collector value to any degree? Probably not all that much IMHO but then I really don't know.

And so it goes.


The Retired One

MilsurpMonkey
October 31, 2015, 19:51
It seems to increase the value quite a bit, but only to the people that know who Elmer Kieth was. To anyone else it is just another rearsenaled rifle. In his bio he wrote that only the rifles he would be proud to carry into battle got his stamp. Missed out on a really nice Garand with his stamp.

1911Ron
November 02, 2015, 00:28
A few years ago I got a very nice all original Remington 1903a3 built 4-43 and pencil whipped through Red River Arsenal. Last month I picked up a very neat Rock Island Greek return from a fellow files member that was rebarreled with a 6-42 SA barrel and had a Remington 03a3 bolt installed, overall a nice first 1903. Now, another has followed me home, 9-43 Smith Corona 1903a3 that sports an original barreled action and having only had the stock and rear sling swivel replaced with Remington parts at what loos like San Antonio arsenal. Just need a springer 1903 to have the basic collection covered, I'll try finding a Remington 1903a1 later :tongue:

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj486/Milsurpmonkey/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20151031_093932973_zpshjrkdox2.jpg

Could you get a picture of the SA arsenal mark? Nice Rifles btw!

MilsurpMonkey
November 02, 2015, 10:32
Could you get a picture of the SA arsenal mark? Nice Rifles btw!

Thanks, I can grab a pic tonight when I get home of the rebuild mark. It's a ESAA in a rectangle where the ordnance wheel once would have been.

MilsurpMonkey
November 02, 2015, 22:49
http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj486/Milsurpmonkey/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20151102_194700577_zpsfupclmu4.jpg

Mebsuta
November 08, 2015, 21:38
I like your 1903s.

I like to shoot 03s with 125 grain bullets, and that way they don't beat you up too bad.

1911Ron
November 08, 2015, 23:17
http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj486/Milsurpmonkey/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20151102_194700577_zpsfupclmu4.jpg

Interesting for sure, never saw a marking like that.

MilsurpMonkey
November 09, 2015, 07:51
To be honest, neither have I. but the rifle came from an old collector locally that passed away. His widow said he'd had this one since the late 70s and hadn't done much with it. San Antonio arsenal is the only one I know of with the SAA initials.

Bones2586
November 24, 2015, 15:05
Very nice collection, thanks for sharing!

W.E.G.
November 24, 2015, 15:19
I like your 1903s.

I like to shoot 03s with 125 grain bullets, and that way they don't beat you up too bad.

What powder charge?