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there is quite a no of post on other sites.there was considered no more problems after 1929. the naavy never got rid of theirs and the marines used them in WW2 in the pacific.I have one an am not afraid to fire it.I do shoot lead loads,because the barrel is perfect,and my loads go in to 1" at 100yrds.
my barrel is 1914.I have seen many 03s shot before WW2 in the NG at wakefield mass.
I looked at Rock Island 1903 today. Serial number 3,4XX. Barrel dated 1905. As mint as they come. My friends father had it for decades.
I did not get a chance to get any pics of it. I might swap something from my collection for it. Are the 4 digit rock islands worth a premium? I don't want to low ball a friend.
I have a Springfield 1903 I bought for $375. It's in superb condition for its age and looks very serviceable. That being said, I understand the warning here and I believe its quite appropriate. That being said and taking everything I've read about this subject in consideration, I wouldn't hesitate to fire it using commercial ammo. Mine was rearsenalled and has a 1942 barrel installed. That tells me it was in service for many years without exploding.
This is a great sticky and I hear the message, I'm just not too concerned about the weapon blowing up
Is this what you needed to see for the bayonet lug?
Anybody have any opinions on what it is worth?