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    Quote Originally Posted by Faulkner View Post
    Here's a picture of my Remington M1903(M) produced in 1942. This is one of the last Remington 1903's before they phased them out for the M1903A3.

    Yeah, that's a very nice example from what I see. Do you shoot it much and if so how's it group on paper?

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    ;) Well done and good luck for you.

    Sadly I have to sell two 03's this month and a total of four by April for a friend's widow.



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    ;)

    I think it will be this one goes first. 5-43 bbl date A3






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    I just got my first Remington M1903A3 this last year from a mature gentleman at a gun show. It was made in April of 1943. It is kind of a coincidence, but both my Garand and M1 Carbine were made in 1943 also.
    Haven't had the chance to shoot it more than twenty times or so, but it sems to very accurate and in great shape. Bore is bright, and the parkarizing looks almost new, and all the parts are Remington.

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    A question for you 03 knowledgeable people out there.

    I have never owned one, and have very little first hand experience with the rifle.

    A friend has been restoring one, and has asked me as to the function of the follower, the lever opposite the bolt handle on the receiver.

    His is used when the bolt is being removed, but the question is, is there any other use for this device?

    I know ther ei s an explanation out there somewhere, thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner1558 View Post
    A question for you 03 knowledgeable people out there.

    I have never owned one, and have very little first hand experience with the rifle.

    A friend has been restoring one, and has asked me as to the function of the follower, the lever opposite the bolt handle on the receiver.

    His is used when the bolt is being removed, but the question is, is there any other use for this device?

    I know ther ei s an explanation out there somewhere, thanks guys!
    That's used to turn on the magazine or turn it off as well as to remove the bolt. It's also called a magazine cut off. When it is flipped up to show the word OFF the 5 rounds in the internal magazine will not feed out. The rifle is meant to be loaded and fired one round at a time in this mode. This is what the Generals wanted when the 03 rifle was designed. They thought if the soldiers had 5 rounds at their disposal they would waste ammo. Evidently the Generals calling the shots ... errr ... making the decisions at the time dated back to the trapdoor Springfield rifles and were of a single shot mentality for a military weapon. Seems pretty stupid doesn't it? So when that lever is flipped to show ON the rounds in the magazine will feed when the bolt is cycled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuetzenman View Post
    That's used to turn on the magazine or turn it off as well as to remove the bolt. It's also called a magazine cut off. When it is flipped up to show the word OFF the 5 rounds in the internal magazine will not feed out. The rifle is meant to be loaded and fired one round at a time in this mode. This is what the Generals wanted when the 03 rifle was designed. They thought if the soldiers had 5 rounds at their disposal they would waste ammo. Evidently the Generals calling the shots ... errr ... making the decisions at the time dated back to the trapdoor Springfield rifles and were of a single shot mentality for a military weapon. Seems pretty stupid doesn't it? So when that lever is flipped to show ON the rounds in the magazine will feed when the bolt is cycled.
    The version of the story I saw was the cut off was for use when sharpshooting, the soldier could keep his mag loaded, in order to repel a charge, if needed.

    My 03A3 shoots @2MOA, with the original 1943 barrel. Not bad for a war rifle.

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