Springfield 1903 Mark I Pedersen Device .30-06 Bolt Action Rifle 1919 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,055

WOA#: WY240318JM006

Make: Springfield Armory

Model: 1903 Mark I. The Mark I Rifle was made with an ejection port cutout on the receiver. The ejection port is needed for the Pedersen Device.

Serial Number: 1042108

Year of Manufacture: 1919 (page 373 of Joe Poyer’s book, The Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition).
Barrel Date: 12, 19
M1903 Mk I Rifles were produced from early 1918 to 1920 with a serial number range from 1,034,502 to 1,197,834 (page 31).

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine

Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade set in a barrel mounted base. The rear sight is a “U” notched blade attached to a fully adjustable sight ladder marked from “3-27”. When flipped up separate notches and an aperture on the ladder can be used for sighting.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nosecap with bayonet lug, stacking loop, barrel band, 2 sling loops, 2 through bolts, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows surface erosion. The nosecap shows oxidation. The wood shows scattered scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some of the marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Arsenal Refurbished

Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is Light erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 83% of its metal finish. The metal shows scattered scrapes & small scratches. The metal also shows a freckling of surface erosion and oxidation. The bolt and ejection port show operational wear. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This is a collectible Springfield Armory Model 1903 Mark I Rifle. It has been Arsenal Refurbished and is marked accordingly on the stock. This 1903 Mark I is over 100 years old and is historically significant. The rifle still has clear markings on the metal that add its history.
This 1903 Mark I was made to accept the Pedersen Device. The Pedersen Device replaced the bolt assembly and accepted a 40 round .30 caliber (pistol caliber) magazine. The Pedersen Device was meant to multiply the firepower of the individual rifleman. The rifleman carried 5 magazines for a total of 200 pistol caliber rounds. This was ideal for clearing trenches. Luckily WWI ended before the Pedersen Devices could be used in the trenches.
For an informative video on the Pedersen Device and its accessories see youtube.com/watch?v=wLzdGPzHL8U .

Springfield 1903 Mark I Pedersen Device .30-06 Bolt Action Rifle 1919 C&R
Springfield 1903 Mark I Pedersen Device .30-06 Bolt Action Rifle 1919 C&R