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Old 03-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by chewchew View Post
I used to collect old military rifles years ago and still have about 100 more or less, but I lost interest in them and don't keep up them any more, so I have a question for c3Shooter. You said you could tell the difference between a Springfield 03 and a Springfield 03-A3. Isn't the Springfield 03-A3 the one marked USMC on the tip of the barrel.? I just checked both of my 03-A3's marked USMC and I've never noticed this before, but they are both Remington. My 03 is Springfield. I know all A3's were USMC, but did springfield make any A3 USMC's, and if so are the twist the same in both makers? I"ve not keep up with the old rifles or fired them in years so I don't remember. Thanks
The M1903 has a 4 groove barrel and the M1903A3 has a 2 groove barrel, it suppose to be just as accurate but was easier manufacture..

The Medusa was required to have a 9 groove barrel, so it could be identified no matter what caliber was shot out of it. So, police would know to look for a Medusa and not just any .38 or 9mm
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #12
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You mean NCIS and Jethro are not real
You have got to be kidding. Wait until I tell my wife and you WILL have some explaining to do. Shame on you.
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The news in the last few years has exposed several police department (aptly named) "crime labs", in which the forensics "experts" rubber-stamped what the prosecutors wanted via false testimony. Apparently including "absolute proof" that a certain gun fired the fatal bullet. So, anyone convicted by that kind of BS (perjury) should automatically get a new trial, shouldn't they?
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Article in popular mechanics said they sent bullets to ballisticians, then rotated the same bullets between different labs....many different results! Long story short- tests showed they were wrong 20% of the time! Then examples were given on murder convictions overturned because of false convictions due to faulty lab work. Scary s#*#.
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