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FEATURE // VINTAGE RIFLE
Capitalism being what it is, entrepreneurs are stepping forward to meet demand. James River Armory (see article on page 24 of this issue) in Halethorpe, MD is restoring M1903A3s to “arsenal re-issue” condition, with fresh Parkerizing and refinished or new stocks. Even better, they get new Krieger or Criterion barrels before leaving the shop, which has got to be a wee bit of an advantage on the firing line. Prices start at $695. First, a word about “originality.” Because there were so many modifications to the rifle and so many manufacturers of different parts, and because armories reworked virtually all the issue rifles at least once, the norm is to see Springfields composed of a mishmash of “non-original” parts. The James River Armory rifle is no exception, but the maker went to some length to ensure some reproduced markings are correct. The serial number on my rifle’s receiver indicates it was made in 1944; the armory inspector cartouche on the new production stock is correct for this date, as is the Type “C” stock. The stock also bears an ordnance escutcheon and a non-period “CMP” cartouche, as well as the “P” in a circle on the pistol grip that indicated the rifle had been fired with a proof load. One marking that is not present is the “flaming bomb” ordnance stamp and month-year date of manufacture that should appear behind the front sight. Neither is the stock manufacturer’s mark, which should appear (if it were an original) in the magazine cutoff relief or stock tip, as well as the factory marking that normally appears in front of the magazine well. The question of fraud sometimes arises in collecting vintage arms, and these omissions, as well as the CMP cartouche, clearly indicate that neither barrel nor stock is original. All the metal parts on this rifle are milled steel, except the stacking swivel and front sight blade, which are stamped. The metal has a gray phosphate (Parkerized) finish; the barrel, bolt and trigger guard/floorplate are darker than the other parts, rendering a perhaps unintentional but pleasing kind of two-tone effect. The front sight blade, rear sight slide aperture and windage yoke are blued as per original specifications.

Reproduction stocks come from CMP. The reproduced inspector’s cartouche is correct for the date of the rifle’s manufacture.

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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - March 2012

Shooting Sports USA - March 2012
Competitor’s Corner
Shooter’s News
Product Focus
Book Reviews
Score Sheets
The VMR Match Springfield Rifle
James River Armory
The Quiet Explosion of Gun Television
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info/Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Shooting Sports USA - March 2012
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 2
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 4
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Product Focus
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Book Reviews
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Score Sheets
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 13
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 15
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - The VMR Match Springfield Rifle
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - James River Armory
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - The Quiet Explosion of Gun Television
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - A Page From History
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Coming Events
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