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    I bought a rifle this morning that has no model number and a lot of proof marks I have never seen before so I was hoping someone could help with this problem I'll post pics of the marks The mark on the barrel the number is 12 42 not 2 42 I couldn't get the one in the pic
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    You've pictured what appears to be a US Model 1903A3 Springfield rifle (sporterized). Its barrel is a Smith Corona manufactured in February 1942. This is a very curious barrel date since Smith Corona rifles were not approved for service until October 1942. It would be interesting to see what is marked on the front receiver ring (underneath the forward scope base). High Standard supposedly used some very early Smith Corona barrels.

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    Thanks I'll see what I can find on it

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    Ahh 12-42 not 2-42. That makes it a Smith Corona 1903A3. Odds are its chambered in .30-06.

    A rifle built for, and used in, WWII... probably by Marines in the Pacific.
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    It is a 1903 I was being thrown off by the receiver I was thinking it was a mauser action
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    No, not a 1903. Its a 1903A3. There are differences.
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    I took the scope mount off of the gun and it is a Smith Corona 03A3 I really am glad ya'll where willing to help and what is dumb is I already have a 03A3 in original condition with the bayonet and all

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    Nothing dumb about having an original 1903A3. Now you have one suitable for hunting North American big game.
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