Or rather, last gun from old home, as the UPS truck that brought it came while we were loading the trailer to come here.
I got this on that day:
I'd negotiated it's purchase just a few days prior, with a requirement that it had to arrive before I left. It just made it. Really all I had time to do was look it over briefly and then re-pack it for the trip down here. And it came back out of the box for the first time today.
It's a 1903 Springfield, this one manufactured at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois.
Yep. A virtually un-messed-with original pre-WW1 rifle. I was pleased.
Of course it had a few indications of having gone around the block a time or two. For instance, the stock, while appearing correct for the rifle, bears a slight "FJA" cartouche, indicating that it was inspected during the reign of Frank J Atwood (1941-1944).
And of course it still has that really slick rear sight that helped countless soldiers and marines really dial these puppies in in two world wars and several "Banana Wars" in between.
low number" rifle and some people don't consider them safe to shoot. The Marine Corps kept them all despite that claim and shot them without any qualms and this one's lasted this long so I figure that it'll be just fine with USGI ammo.) It's not going to be a regular shooter but it will get shot. Meantime, it's residing in one of the gun safes until I can get some new display racks set up in the new gun room.