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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Wartime Remington M1903s?
REMINGTON M1903A4 SNIPING RIFLE

REMINGTON M1903 RIFLE

REMINGTON "MODIFIED" M1903 RIFLE

A

'Cloak Tuck 2.0'

$ 35.88

Enhanced Comfort
More Flexible

Improved Stability

Lighter Weight

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By 1941, the U.S. government
had taken steps to increase production of the semi-automatic M1
Garand rifle, but it was apparent that
other sources of rifles were needed. It
was decided to resume production of the
bolt-action M1903 since the tooling to
produce the rifle was still available.
Springfield Armory, however, was
heavily burdened with Garand production, and the Rock Island Arsenal
had long since ceased manufacture of
the '03, and was involved with other
war-production projects. Fortunately,
the production tooling for the M1903
rifles was still stored at Rock Island.
After some negotiations with the
Ordnance Dept., the Remington Arms
Co. accepted a contract to produce the
M1903 rifle for the government.
Remington transported the Rock
Island tooling to its plant, and by
November 1941, production of the
M1903 Springfield was underway.
Remington marked its rifles with
the company name on the receiver
and the initials "RA" and the date of
production on the barrel. The early
Remington '03s were essentially
identical to Rock Island Springfield
rifles made during World War I, and
they were made with the same quality
materials and craftsmanship.
MARCH 2015

Remington engineers, working with
Ordnance officials, proposed several
time-cutting changes, including
substituting simple, stamped-metal
components for some formerly milled
or forged components, modifying the
stock to save production time and
eliminating some non-essential parts
completely, resulting in the "U.S.
Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903 (Modified)."
Additional changes to decrease manufacturing time, as well as the addition
of an adjustable aperture rear sight
mounted on the receiver, resulted in
the adoption of the "U.S. Rifle, Caliber
.30, Model of 1903A3" on May 21,
1942. Remington made M1903A3s
from December 1942 until production
ceased in February 1944, as well as
1903A4 sniper rifles.
-BRUCE N. CANFIELD, FIELD EDITOR
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Q

I was at a gun show and saw
a Remington-made Model 1903
Springfield rifle. It looked just
like a World War I '03, but I have been
told Remington only made 1903A3
rifles during Word War II. Was this
some kind of rebuild?


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