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Remington Model 1903 (Springfield)


Bolt-Action Hunting / Sniper Rifle


United States | 1941



"The Remington Model 1903 of 1941 was a Remington contribution to the Springfield M1903 bolt-action rifle line."



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To assist the American war effort during World War 2, Remington Arms Company contributed to the production of the Springfield Model 1903 detailed elsewhere on this site. The Model 1903 was America's original standard-issue service rifle of World War 1 and utilized a manually-actuated bolt-action system feeding from a 5-round "stripper" clip arrangement. The gun was chambered in 30-06 Springfield, had a muzzle velocity of 2,800 feet-per-second, and reached out to an effective range of 300 yards.

Manufacturing took place from 1903 to 1949 to the tune of 3,004,079 examples for worldwide use.

For its part, Remington began production of the gun in September of 1941 beginning with serial number 3,000,000 and this involved the company having to revitalize old, aging production equipment held by the Rock Island Arsenal of Illinois since the close of The Great War in 1918. Due to the age of the tooling equipment, Remington sought - and was subsequently granted approval - for modifications to the M1903 manufacturing process, resulting in what became their own version of the storied rifle.

The Remington M1903A3 variant introduced a new Garand-like rear aperture sighting device set over the receiver as opposed the barrel-mounted arrangement of the original gun. The cartridge follower was reworked to reduce the threat of jamming and stamped metal replaced milled components Early forms of the rifle were completed in a dark gray-black finish with later models taking on more of a gray-green coloring.

While the M1903A3 served as an infantryman long gun, the M1903A4 was its sniper-specific counterpart complete with over-receiver scope (Weaver in 2.75x magnification). Springfield M1903s managed a useful service life well into the 1970s, such was availability. By this time, nearly all forms were sniper models (the U.S. Army gave up use of the rifle as a standard-issue solution back in 1936). The M1903 still turns up today in wars fought across the globe. It is also a fixture of the game hunting and sport shooter marketplace.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Remington Model 1903 (Springfield). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,100 mm
43.31 in
O/A Length
610 mm
24.02 in
Barrel Length
8.60 lb
3.90 kg
Weight
Manually-actuated bolt-action system.
Action
.30-06 Springfield
Caliber(s)
5-round supply via stripper clip arrangement.
Feed
Over-Receiver Optics (Weaver 2.75x or other).
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Remington Model 1903 (Springfield). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
16,500 ft
5,029.2 m | 5,500.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Remington Model 1903 (Springfield) Bolt-Action Hunting / Sniper Rifle family line.
M1903 - Base Series Designation.
M1903A3 - Model with Remington-specific changes.
M1903A4 - Dedicated sniper model.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Remington Model 1903 (Springfield). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Remington Arms Company - USA
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