1903 Silver Presentation Sight Covers

USMCSGT0331

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USMCSGT0331

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These sight covers are pictured in Norm Chandler's Death From Afar volume 4, page 100

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This is a picture of the actual range in Peking, China where the match was shot, Death From Afar volume 3, page 58

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Some more information on Gunner Orr, Death From Afar volume 1, pages 51 and 52

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Ledzep

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Pretty cool! I was in 1/4, A co. 2012-2014 And they still push the Raider tradition, carry a 2nd guidon with the raider skull, southern cross, etc... I shot company high on the rifle range and they didn't give me squat! :)
 

USMCSGT0331

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Pretty cool! I was in 1/4, A co. 2012-2014 And they still push the Raider tradition, carry a 2nd guidon with the raider skull, southern cross, etc... I shot company high on the rifle range and they didn't give me squat! :)
I was with 1/4 H&S Co. (SSP and HQ Plt) 2008-2011, definitely remember the Raider guidon! Also the only time I've ever seen an entire Company with the exact same fucking tattoo, lol.
 

USMCSGT0331

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Well, found the perfect rifle to go with these sight covers! The SRS hit for this rifle goes back to a unit inventory that was done on March 1, 1926. 11 months later, most of the 4th Marine Regiment sailed from San Diego, CA to Shanghai, China aboard the USS Chaumont on February 2, 1927. By the summer of 1927, all of the 4th Marines were in China. This rifle was witness to the start of the Chinese Civil War in 1927 and probably traveled throughout the country. It may also have been used in the shooting matches, such as the one in which Gunner Orr won the presentation sight covers. In order to stay competitive in these interservice matches, 4th Regiment drilled/tapped their rifles for Lyman 48 sights (I have these archival records, but I've been asked not to share them). This rifle is drilled/tapped on the right side of the rear bridge, which matches records of rifles from this unit (the stock is a replacement and isn't notched). If only this rifle could talk!

It's extremely impressive that this rifle still exists because the 4th Marine Regiment was completely decimated by the Japanese at the beginning of WWII (May 1942, Corregidor Island, Philippines). There were only a handful of surviving Marines and all of the Regiment's equipment was captured/destroyed. I have no idea how this rifle survived, but it could have been purchased by the Marine it was issued to at the end of his enlistment and before WWII. I visited Corregidor last year and it was unbelievable! As a member of 1/4, it was sort of a pilgrimage for me, but I highly recommend that you guys should visit the island if you ever find yourself on that side of the world!


 
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pmclaine

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Awesome post as always.

03s should have a special place in the heart of every Marine keeping us connected to the era of "Leggings and Boondockers".
 
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USMCSGT0331

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Finally got around to taking a few pics, here's my Springfield 1903 that was used by the 4th Marine Regiment (SRS hit) wearing these silver presentation sightcovers! I can't help but wonder if this rifle was shot at the match where these sight covers were awarded.....







Since we're on the topic of the 4th Marines.........



Same unit, but almost 100 years apart! This Springfield 1903 saw service in Shanghai, China in the 1920-30's and my sniper platoon had this IBA XM3 in Fallujah, Iraq 2008-09!
 
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