TMy buddy Ted has been looking at a lot of gun shows for a good example of the 1903-A3 rifle. He wanted a “clean” one, but also wanted a shooter, not a wall hanger. But we were not finding what we were looking for at any reasonable price. In fact, a good example would usually run between $800 and $1,000 and even then, might have a pitted bore.
We decided to look at some of the modern “restored” firearms at the SHOT Show.
We did so, and found a popular manufacturer that advertises such rifles, but we were very disappointed at the poor quality of the guns that they had at the show. On the 1903, their wood was, believe it or not, between 1/8 and ¼ inch proud of the metal in many areas. They were totally unacceptable to us at their prices.
But then we found James River Armory and were surprised at the high quality of their products on display. They had 1903-A3s, M-1 Garands, M-1 Carbines, and even a 1903-A4 (sniper rifle). All were very nice.