"non-firing" M1903 springfields

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Jake15, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Jake15

    Jake15 New Member

    I'm pretty sure this is the right place to put this, so here it goes. I was just looking through my latest issue of Shotgun News and I saw an ad for "non-firing" military surplus M1903 springfield rifles. The ad said that they have been modified to prevent firing. I was just wondering how they modified them, and if its even legal, how hard it would be to get them back into firing condition? Come to think of it, maybe this aught to go in the gunsmithing forum?
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    Its legal to convert back to a firearm but the weapon needs to be papered on the unconstitutional federal form you fill out for any firearm sale. Cant think of the form number atm. Lots of companirs rehab such firearms mitchel mausers does it a lot most of what they sell are converted parade guns

    How hard it is depends on what was done to deactivate them. It could go from melting a simple lead plug out of the barrel to rewelding the reciever to rebarreling the firearm.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

  3. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    Most have a permanant barrel plug and welded barrel/receiver, so attempting to re-barrel is impossible
  4. m72law

    m72law New Member

    s.o.g. has two flavors of the 1903a3's...straight stocks & scant stocks...150buckish...(drill rifles).

    the parts that come with these rifles ''minus/front sight blades'',is well worth the money if & when you can find ''just'' a barreled receiver off gunbroker in the 150-250ish range.

    i have seen 1903 mark 1 w/complete rear sights/base,barreled receivers go for less than 200bucks:eek:

  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    In order to meet the BATFE equirements on de-milling a firearm (so that it is no longer a firearm) it is far more than a lead plug- more like holes on the chamber/ barrel. It is intended to keep a non gun from being made back into a gun. Can it be done? Yep. Easy? No. Good? No. The "drill rifles" were to be used to practice the manual of arms, for bayonet training, etc. Most are missing parts etc. Good for a shadow box, mater stake, closet rod.
  6. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

    What he said...