So, I've been looking for an American battle rifle to complete my collection of combatants during WWII, I have a couple of Enfields, a nice k98k, a fin nagant and a Tula Nagant, but no .30-06 American boomstick.
Most Springfields I have seen are at about the 1k mark, I don't mind spending that sort of cash, but I've always been much more interested in restoring my classic rifles, i have a brilliantly well equiped workshop for my general tinkering activities, and i have a ton of m1903 bits in the parts bin, collected over many years. My general web perusing was fruitful recently and I think I've struck pay dirt with a find this weekend! I found an m1903-A3 which some prat has attempted to sporterise, it currently lives in a ram line black synth stock, and has a b-square non smithed scope mount, the bore is mint as is the bolt, parkerised finish is nice a satin grey, but it is missing a few bits (Mag cut off assembly - all springs, plunger etc, hand guard retainer ring which I think I may have knocking about in the parts bin), but the real kicker is that the seller has included the original S type pinned stock which is matched to the rifle! Serial number places this rifle at February 1942, all parts are matching too!
Managed to purchase the rifle plus it's original stock for about one tenth of its potential resale value once I'm done returning it to its original configuration. I will keep all updated with images of the restoration! Here are some images of the rifle as it is.
p.s. synthetic stock and scope mount are for sale, pm me if you are in need.