Remington 1903-A4 sniper rifle

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I have a question for the Remington 1903-A4 experts.

Did Remington ever mark its 1903-A3 sniper rifle rifle which was produced during 1943-44 as the 1903-A4?

Everything I read says that Remington did not change the markings from 1903-A3 but just modified the action, removed front sights, etc. but did NOT mark the action
1903-A4.

Is that correct or are there actually some Remington rifles marked A$?

Thanks in advance for your help,
 
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Remington always marked them 03-A3. But there are some out there that are stamped A4 over the A3. The general consensus is that some were stamped during rebuild.
 

USMCSGT0331

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Cplnorton is correct, as per usual! All A4 rifles lacked the A4 marking when they were first made. During rebuilds, the "3" in "A3" was usually crossed out and a "4" was stamped next to it. Here's two pics that show what the markings looked like from ghe factory, then after a rebuild:


 

pmclaine

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The defining characteristic is that the marking is offset to the 10 oclock position while the serial remains at 3 oclock.

Scammers will fit up a standard A3 with the markings at 12 oclock underneath the scope base and claim Audie Murphy himself used the rifle to take down a German Colonel before moving to the .50 on the tank destroyer and putting down the rest of the Wehrmacht.
 

pmclaine

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Cplnorton is correct, as per usual! All A4 rifles lacked the A4 marking when they were first made. During rebuilds, the "3" in "A3" was usually crossed out and a "4" was stamped next to it. Here's two pics that show what the markings looked like from ghe factory, then after a rebuild:


Im not seeing picture two of the restrike.
 
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I would like to thank all of you for the exact information I was looking for!

As usual, when in doubt, go to the experts!
 
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Only a relatively small portion of rebuilt M1903A4's had the receiver nomenclature overstruck. It seems to have been a practice at some depots for a limited period of time. Probably someone finally realized it was a lot more trouble than it was worth.

Another important observation about M1903A4 receiver markings. A4 serial numbers use a smaller font than A3's. In the last 15 years I have seen perhaps three examples of "humped up" marks on A4 receivers. They stick out like a sore thumb.

Regards,
Jim
 
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