Good Deal? Smith Corona 1903a3?


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nwilliams
July 16, 2011, 10:32 PM
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.

Thanks.

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USSR
July 16, 2011, 10:35 PM
$500 for an unmessed with Smith-Corona 03/A3 is a steal. Jump on it.

Don

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.

CapnMac
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.

RickMD
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.

madcratebuilder
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.

rdean
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.

USSR
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.

Don

henschman
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.

rdean
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?

j. rap.
November 1, 2011, 04:49 PM
aim surplus has them refinished for 795 good price but 500 :what:THATS AWESOME:what:

nwilliams
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.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=603873&highlight=smith+corona

1KPerDay
November 1, 2011, 06:53 PM
As I said in the other thread... absolutely gorgeous rifle. :cool:

cfullgraf
November 1, 2011, 09:41 PM
CMP just offered Smith Corona 03A3's for $500. Pretty much sold out in one day (Oct 3).

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