I need some help with butt plate ID

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by 207driver, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. 207driver

    207driver New Member

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    I need some help with butt plate ID M1903?

    This looks to me to be a Springfield 1903 plate. However I am told it is not.

    The possible discrepancies that I can see are; the size of the port pivot/spring attachment, and the spring screw protrusion through the back of the plate. But could those be a revision issue?

    If anyone has any idea what this could be from besides an early Springfield, please let me know.

    The only marking on it is an 'E' stamped on the back of the port cover. If more pics are needed just advise, I suppose I should have given some dimensions, and will do so if that would help ID this.

    Thanks, Sled driver
     

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  2. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    I believe it is indeed for a 1903 but an earlier version prior to the stamped checkered buttplates. 1903A1
     

  3. 207driver

    207driver New Member

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    I am also certain that it is for a 1903. I am not familiar with any of the guns of this era and so want some informed opinions. From what I can see of what is offered presently, it's a duck so to speak.

    Obviously the "E" marking signifies something, can anyone tell me what that may be?
     
  4. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Looks just like the one on my 1933 made 1903...

    The "E" I would guess is some sorta arsenal mark,.... I far as I know Eddiestone never made 1903's
     
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  5. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    No, but they did make M1917's.... <hint> ;)
     
  6. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    I'll check mine and post what I see...
     
  7. 207driver

    207driver New Member

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    M1917?

    Right, that appears to make the most sense. The Eddystone mark if indeed that is what it is, would make this an M1917 Enfield plate. Are they so close in measurements that one could fit the other? I have seen pictures that appear to match the profile of this plate on a 1903 stock.

    I mic'd it and came up with this:

    Tang length from inside=1.75"
    Screw hole (Center) in tang from inside=0.75"
    Lower plate screw hole (Center) from bottom of tang=3.525"
    Overall length from bottom of tang=4.6"
    Width=1.6"


    Also the port opening top edge is 0.75" from the bottom of the tang, and measures 0.895 in diameter on my caliper
     
  8. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    Are you sure that's not closer to 1.15" ?
     
  9. 207driver

    207driver New Member

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    You are SO right! the tang is 1.15 inches long. Bad eyesight--low light level--operator error...I have no excuse.
     
  10. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    Just checked my Eddystone.... Identical to this one.. My vote is 1917 Eddystone buttplate :)
     
  11. 207driver

    207driver New Member

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    Many Thanks Sir,

    There are so many great people on this site...One more problem solved!

    207driver
     
  12. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    Not a problem.. And you are correct, there is vast knowledge on this site..