Serial # range for poor heat treated 03's


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.45Guy
November 4, 2006, 10:28 AM
Does anyone happen to have the serial number range? I have a chance to snag onto an early 03, and want to be sure.

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jlmurphy
November 4, 2006, 10:39 AM
On Springfield mfg below #800,000 and on Rock Island Arsenal mfg below 285,507.

.45Guy
November 4, 2006, 10:46 AM
Thank you!

Vern Humphrey
November 4, 2006, 11:00 AM
There have been excellents studies on the low-number Springfields published on the web -- including one by an epidemeolgist at the Center for Disease Control. His conclusion was that the low number Springfield has as much risk as smoking 14 cigarettes over your life span.

There were several reasons for Springfields blowing up -- including troops coating the bullets with cosmoline (in an attempt to reduce fouling), the Army tin-plating bullets (for the same reason) and firing 8X57 Mauser rounds in Springfields.

The Army did not pull low-number Springfields out of service. Instead, when the rifles were worn out and returned to the arsenal for Factory Thorough Repair, low numbers were placed in reserve storage for wartime issue, and the unit issued a new Springfield. The Marines didn't even do that, and there were low-number Springfields carried ashore and used at Guadalcanal.

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