I've come across this "high" numbered Rock Island Arsenal 1903 rifle. Someone told me that this is a rare variation since RIA stopped making rifles at serial #346779. Is this a rare rifle or a WWII rebuild. Either way what would be a fair price. It appears to be in like new condition with a mirror bore and a "new" bolt face. Thank you for any and all comments.
One of the very early sources stated that Rock Island had ceased production in the 346,000 range. This is not true. The last "certified" receiver with serial number was 430,742. DRB, at the last Puyallup show I attended, I saw a 430,400 range RIA.
Many of those after about 375,000 were sent to Springfield in the mid-1920s as "spare parts" where they were mated to Springfield parts, usually with barrels in the 1926-1929 range. Rock Islands with late 1920s barrels are pretty common. The relatively rare variant is a Rock Island receiver with a Springfield number. About 1200 RIA receivers with Rock Island markings but no serial numbers were given Springfield serial numbers in the 1,290,000 range. Below is a picture of mine.
I agree with Mike's estimate of price. C.S. Ferris' book, Rock Island Rifle, Model 1903 would be a good investment for you at $20-25.
Hi Mike and Rick,
Thank you very much for you advice and wisdom. I'm looking for an '03 shooter for CMP matches and since this doesn't look like it's been shot since the rebuild it will do perfectly!
I really appreciate your help.