Exceptional Model 1903 N.R.A. Sporter (R29724)
The U.S. Springfield Armory produced about 6,500 30-06 caliber Model 1903 N.R.A. sporting rifles for N.R.A. sales between 1924 and 1933. Production was stopped because firms such as Remington and Winchester were making quality high power bolt action rifles and it was rightly felt that this was unfair competition. These fine rifles were intended to be modified to the individual shooter's needs and dimensions. Consequently, an original example like this one is hard to find today. This N.R.A. Sporter is serial number 1318315 with a barrel date of 7 - 29. The barrel is correctly star gauged on the muzzle. The bore is excellent with bright, strong rifling. The gun retains approx. 99& blue with the floor plate having some light spotting. The bright NS marked (nickel steel) bolt is correctly numbered to the gun. The gun is correctly equipped with a Lyman 48 receiver sight. The 1922 style stock without grasping grooves has the reinforcing ctoss bolts which are correct for a 30-06 rifle (The Model 1922 22 caliber rifle uses essentially the same stock but does not have cross bolts. A 1903 N.R.A. sporter will fit this stock but is not correct). The receiver ring is marked U.S. over SPRINGFIELD over ARMORY over MODEL 1903 over 1318315. The stock, with its heavy N.R,A, style buttplate, is excellent and the sling swivels are present. The action functions correctly. You will never need to upgrade this very scarce 1903 N.R.A. Sporter!