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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Sporterized Mausers
Few younger hunters today put much value in a sporterized military rifle that's over 60 years old. Even the ones that are really works of art, reflecting the fine craftsmanship that goes into a really well done rifle.
I still love M98s and 1903s because that's what I was "brought up with" as a child. My dad sent a VZ 24 back home at the end of WWII and one of his brothers, a Tioga Co. dairy farmer, had a US Remington 1903 (purchased not long after the end of WWII), both of which are now mine. They were the family deer rifles I knew about as a kid.
Neither were sporterized, other than having the military stocks cut back to "sporter" configurations, both rifles still have their original military sights. I have killed deer with both rifles and have no plans to alter either one. If anything, I may restock them some day into their original condition?
No need to mess with them, as I already have sporterized M98s and one sporterized US Rem nearly identical to the one that used to be my uncle's. In fact, both 1903s were made in June of 1942 and are in the same serial number range (less than 20K apart).
For those that aren't "up" on WWII 1903s, the US Springfield Armory never made any in that era, as they were already producing the new M1 Garands prior to our entry into WWII.
What did happen, is that the SA 1903 tooling was shipped to Remington to make 1903s, because the Army figured they couldn't make Garands quickly enough to meet the demands of impending war.
Remington and later Smith Corona, made 1903A3 versions of the 1903 Springfield rifles during WWII, but the <span style="font-style: italic">original</span> 1903 rifles assembled by Remington in early-mid 1942, were nearly identical to the Springfield 1903s: Ladder rear sights, all milled steel barrel bands and bottom metal. They were all "stamped" as US Remingtons.
The later A3 versions made by Remington and Smith Corona during WWII, used more stamped steel parts and different sights. Far as most know, few if any A3 variants (other than the sniper A4s) were ever shipped overseas for combat use, mostly remained in the States for security use, etc.
Many are also not aware that the Marines were still using 1903 Springfields when they invaded Guadalcanal, because they hadn't been issued Garands yet.
These rifles have important historical value and although that's pretty much destroyed by being sporterized, I still have a soft spot for them.
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