I have the opportunity to buy a Smith Corona 1903a3 for $500 and I'm wondering if I should.
I really don't know how to value a Smith Corona 1903 and the prices I've seen on Gunbroker seem to range quite a bit.
The gun looks to be in good shape, it doesn't appear that anyone has really messed with it although it looks like the stock was cleaned up a bit. Overall it looks like a nice example of a 1903.
Is there anything I should look for to help determine if the price is right? I don't much about Smith Corona 1903's so I'm a bit in the dark on this one.
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July 16, 2011, 10:35 PM
$500 for an unmessed with Smith-Corona 03/A3 is a steal. Jump on it.
Tim the student
July 17, 2011, 01:42 AM
Sounds like a good deal to me, but I'm not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to 1903s.
July 17, 2011, 01:59 AM
Ok, it depends on whether you want a shooter or a collector.
If you want a collectable 03A3, it needs all sorts of things, right stock shape, cartouches on that stock; many collectors want matched manufacturer parts; others just want all stamped or all milled (versus a mix of milled and stamped parts).
If you want a shooter, at $500 you have a pretty good deal. (With the normal sorts of caveats, like good bore, good bolt, headspace, crown, etc,) You will probably want a type "C" pistol grip stock for a shooter--not that there's anything wrong with the straight or scant stocks.
if you could get us some pics, there are some good, and experienced, eyes here.
July 17, 2011, 07:13 AM
According to the current online version of the Blue Book of Gun Values a Smith Corona 1903/A3 is worth $410 in 70% condition and $625 in 90% condition. They bring a premium of 25% over an A3 of Remington manufacturer.
As usual, condition is everything when it comes to value. Condition is determined by the percentage of original finish remaining. If you post a picture I'm sure that we could estimate condition for you.
July 17, 2011, 07:48 AM
Deal! 16 pages of completed auctions on GB for the Smith Corona well tell you they can sell for twice+ that depending on condition.
November 1, 2011, 03:18 PM
I just came into a 1903A3 Smith Corona, that by the story, was a WW-II, Battle of the Bulge vet, without any carts, all original parts and "No" re-armory stamps. Story is he sent it home from the front. SM 2-43, bomb, P, straight stock. Sn # 364xxxx.
November 1, 2011, 03:26 PM
...the story, was a WW-II, Battle of the Bulge vet, without any carts, all original parts and "No" re-armory stamps. Story is he sent it home from the front. SM 2-43, bomb, P, straight stock. Sn # 364xxxx.
Buy the rifle, not the story. The truth is, few if any 03-A3's saw combat.
November 1, 2011, 03:44 PM
If it's pretty nice I'd buy it in a heartbeat. the CMP used to sell them at that price several years back, and they sold like hotcakes. The Smith-Coronas have always been more desireable. If you want a shooter they generally make the best ones, since they have the nice 4-groove barrel instead of just a 2-groove... if it has the original S-C barrel that is.
November 1, 2011, 04:28 PM
It was a gift, no $$, the barrel stamp has shadow marks, like it was starting to get pressed, then lifted & pressed harder?
November 1, 2011, 04:49 PM
aim surplus has them refinished for 795 good price but 500 :what:THATS AWESOME:what:
November 1, 2011, 06:27 PM
I did end up buying it, there was a followup thread to this one with pics of the rifle.