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Gentlemen: In july 1942,just before we started the Guadalcanal campaign, I was issued a springfield 1903. It had a star guaged barrel, and was numbered 123. It had the standard rear peep/lift up long range rear sight. It must have come out of the springfield arsenal museum. In Any event, it was supurbly accurate, although I always had doubts on the heat treatment of the receiver. What this is leading up to is, if any of you ever see or hear of it, I would appreciate knowing where it is, it was part of me. Maybe some day we can be back together. "e'mail me" [email protected]

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I don't know about the serial number, but the aperture rear sight was standard on the 1903A3 rifles, all of which were "high numbered." I'm not aware of any 1903 rifles being converted to '03A3 configuration.
The Bayonet issued with this rifle would have either the standard 16-inch Springfield, or the 10-inch M1 Garand version, either type has a "spear point" configuration (they interchange).
 
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