1943 US SMITH-CORONA Model 1903A3 .30-06 SPRG Bolt Action MILITARY Rifle
Syracuse, New York Manufactured Infantry Rifle Made in 1943!
Here we present a U.S. Smith-Corona Model 1903A3 Bolt Action Infantry Rifle, made in 1943 in Syracuse, New York. The 1903A3 rifle had a production run from 1903 through 1949 with over 3,000,000 produced. Early during World War II, Smith-Corona shifted away from making typewriters to producing Model 1903A3 Springfield Rifles with the assistance from Remington Arms and High Standard Manufacturing Company. Smith-Corona produced a total of 234,580 rifles during the course of the war.
The M1903 Springfield, formally the United States Rifle, is an American five-round magazine fed, bolt-action service repeating rifle, used primarily during the first half of the 20th century. It was officially adopted as a United States military bolt-action rifle on June 19, 1903, and saw service in World War I. It was officially replaced as the standard infantry rifle by the faster-firing semi-automatic eight-round M1 Garand starting in 1936. However, the M1903 Springfield remained in service as a standard issue infantry rifle during World War II since the U.S. entered the war without sufficient M1 rifles to arm all troops. It also remained in service as a sniper rifle from 1936 through 1975, which included World War II, the Korean War, and even in the Vietnam War. It still remains popular as a civilian firearm, historical collector’s piece, a competitive shooting rifle, and as a military drill rifle.
Initially, the 1903 Springfield was chambered in a new .30-03 caliber. The cartridge employed a rimless, necked-down case with a 220-grain round-nosed bullet that left the muzzle of the 24-inch barrel at some 2,300 feet-per-second. Though the round was certainly adequate for military work, when the Germans adopted a superior pointed spitzer bullet in 1904, the Americans followed suit with their own version that had a 150-grain cupro-nickel-jacketed bullet that boosted the older round’s velocity by some 400 fps. And thus, the famed .30-06 was born.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong and smooth. This example has retained a bright bore throughout. The stock is sturdy with minimal handling wear and a subtly attractive grain. The handguard has been replaced. Barrel is marked “RA/flaming bomb/5-43”.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 24 inches in length.
Caliber: 30-06 Springfield
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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