03 Springfield ?
about how much woud a service grade to collector grade cost ? and where would I find one.
I got my 1903a3 from the CMP a few years ago at $425 for Service Grade. After a lot of cleaning, it looks like the one I have a link to for sale on gunbroker.
They have some now it looks like. Garands are sold out, because the first M1 Carbines in years are about to be sold. I got a couple of M1s at $425 as well. After cleaning up, they could be sold for $800, if you could ever part with them.
Street prices, you are looking at $600 for poor/fair, $800-900 for good and $1100+ for excellent.
Don't think about the wood too much...company called Boyd's makes beautiful and very authentic stocks.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. The CMP operates through a network of affiliated shooting clubs and associations that covers every state in the U.S. The clubs and associations offer firearms safety training and marksmanship courses as well as the opportunity for continued practice and competition.
The CMP was created by the U.S. Congress. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills so they would be skilled marksmen if later called on to serve the U.S. military. Over the years the emphasis of the program shifted to focus on youth development through marksmanship. From 1916 until 1996 the CMP was administered by the U.S. Army. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (TITLE XVI) created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice & Firearms Safety, Inc. (CPRPFS) to take over administration and promotion of the CMP. The CPRPFS is a tax exempt not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that derives its mission from public law.
Springfield Armory may be developing a modern varient of the rifle for civilian and military use.
I bought one about 4 years ago complete with original bayonet and some original ammo. Very clean gun. Sold it to my brother for the $50.00 it cost me. ( I find some great deals but not that often) Then I found out the bayonet was worth at least 50 bucks. The rifle probably only about 150-200 since it is in the end range of the " improper heat treated" guns. Those serial numbers can be found on the internet. There is a big debate on how much this " heat treatment issue" means. Relatively few of those guns have blown apartment but I dont know of anyone that wants it to happen to them.
Also keep in mind, it is almost impossible to find a beautiful ,immaculate, all numbers matching, all one model, rifle anymore since many of them were scavenged , redone, restocked etc. during WWII and later were sporterized. So just be careful of what you are paying for.
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