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Quick M1903 Facts:


First year of Production: 1903


Overall Length: 43.9 inches


Designed By: Gunsmiths at

Springfield Armory



.30-06 Springfield and the .30-03




Springfield M1903


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After the Spanish American War in 1898, and some experimentation with the Mauser rifle, the US military decided it needed a higher power rifle for the troops. By the year 1900, the Springfield Armory has its first prototype of the 1903, but it had not been adopted by the military until 1903 due to politics and the use of a new standard issue rifle only 9 years prior (the Krag Jorgensen).



More Springfield M1903



Weight 8.7 lbs without optics


Barrel length Barrel length
24 inches


Action: Bolt Action Rifle

Effective range: 1000 yards



5 round internal magazine


M1903 prices - $300 - $7500

Springfield m1903 prices, Owners Manual, M1903 Serial numbers

M1903 History

The Springfield M1903 can trace its design roots to the Spanish Mauser rifle so closely that many say that it is actually a Mauser design with only slight modifications.  Despite these slight modifications, like a 2 piece firing pin, Mauser filed a lawsuit against the US government, which it won resulting in the payment of $3,000,000 to Mauser from the US.

The M1903, up until the United States involvement in World War I was produced by either The Springfield Armory (when it was federally owned) or Rock Island Arsenal and about 850,000 were produced up until that point.  The M1903 was valued as a tool to the soldier because if its sheer power, high speed projectile and its accuracy.  Also during this early time in the bolt action rifle's history, the introduction of the Pederson device (which was used to allow the M1903 to fire the .30 caliber pistol cartridge) occurred and modifications to the ammunition and sights were made.

During World War II additional manufacturers were added to the list of makers of the M1903, namely Remington and Smith-Corona (known for their typewriters).  The Smith Corona M1903 rifle usually does not have any markings on the rifle, as many were produced in haste to fulfill the war demand.

By the time that the M1903-A4 was the Army's first standardized sniper rifle, but it was not well received mainly because optics were not evolved enough, with only low magnification and was prone to moisture gathering in the scope.

This rifle was mainly phased out of service before the Korean War in favor of the M1 Garand and M1 Rifles but is still used by honor guards and different drill squads.



M1903 - changed several times between 1903 and 1906

M1903 NRA - sold only to NRA members and stamped with NRA logo

M1903 Air Service - had a permanent magazine with 25 round capacity

M1903 Mark I - A variation to be used with or without the Pederson Device

M1903 with Scant Stock - The closest thing to a pistol grip stock that could be made using the older stock blanks

M1903 A 1 - had a pistol grip stock

M1903 A 2 -

M1903 A 3 - was the version using cheaper parts for speedy production

M1904 - The sniper version, usually with a weaver mount and scope


M1903 Remington Serial Number Lookup:

Remingtons started production in 1941 with serial number 3,000,000, it was during this time that the finger grooved walnut stock was replaced by cheaper versions and the M1903-A3 was born.  Visually they can be distinguished easily by the smaller aperture rear sight instead of the barrel mounted sight like previous rifles.


B - Jan L - Feb A - Mar C - Apr K - May P - Jun
O - Jul W - Aug D - Sep E - Oct R - Nov X - Dec

Serial Numbers by date (factory record book)

 M - 1921

N - 1922

P - 1923

R - 1924

S - 1925

T - 1926

U - 1927

W - 1928

R - 1924

S - 1925

T - 1926

U - 1927

W - 1928
X - 1929

Y - 1930

Z - 1931

A - 1932

B - 1933

C - 1934

D - 1935

E - 1936

F - 1937

G - 1938

H - 1939

J - 1940

K - 1941

L -1942

MM - 1943
NN - 1944

PP - 1945

RR - 1946

SS - 1947

TT - 1948

UU - 1949

WW - 1950

XX - 1951

YY - 1952

ZZ - 1953

A - 1954

B - 1955

C - 1956

D - 1957

E - 1958

F - 1959

G - 1960

H - 1961

J - 1962

K - 1963

L - 1964

M - 1965
N - 1966

P - 1967

R - 1968


M1903 Owners Manuals Downloads :

From Remington M1903-A3


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