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Springfield model 1903 rifle information

Information About Inspectors Stamps


The inspector's stamp is usually found on the left side of the stock, just to the rear of the cut-off recess, it was placed on the stock upon final inspection of the assembled arm after manufacture or rebuild and overhaul. Variations in inspectors stamps New manufacture: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Inspector's initials in script Inspector's initials in script with year Inspector's initials in block letters Inspector's initials in block letters with year Inspector's initials in block letters with initials of place of manufacture (1927 and after).

Note: All new manufacture rifles had inspector's stamps which were enclosed in a square or rectangle having beveled or rounded corners. Rebuilt or overhauled rifles. 1. Second stamp placed near original stamp enclosed in a rectangle. (Directives indicated the second stamp was to be placed on the butt side of the original. However, that practice was not always followed.) 2. Initials of place of overhaul or rebuild and inspector's initials enclosed in a rectangle. 3. Same as (2), except having an open bottom to enclosure. 4. Initials without enclosure, and in some cases without initials of the place the work was done. Remington and Smith-Corona manufactured rifles. 1. Remington Model 1903 rifles stamped RLB or END enclosed in a rectangle. 2. Remington M1903A3 and Remington M1903A4 rifles stamped RA (Ord. escutcheon) FJA in a box. 3. Smith-Corona M1903A3 rifles stamped with the Ordnance escutcheon and FJA in a box. 4.

Inspectors Stamps
Augusta Arsenal (AA) (Overhaul and rebuild only)
Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK

Inspector (if known)

AAL

BLOCK BLOCK

AAP AAR

BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK

Benecia Arsenal (BA) (Rebuild only)


Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK

Inspector (if known)

BA BA-WK BA- J.L. BA-W.L. BAWL B.A.- JS

Ogden Arsenal (OG) (Rebuild only)


Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK

Inspector (if known) Elmer Keith Ed Klouser

O.G.E.K.

BLOCK

Raritan Arsenal (RA) (Rebuild only)


Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK

Inspector (if known)

RA-P RA-P RAP

Remington Arms Co. (RA) (New manufacture)


Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK

Inspector (if known) Lt. Col. Frank J. Atwood Lt. Col. Frank J. Atwood Col. Ray L. Brolin Col. Ray L. Brolin

FJA

BLOCK BLOCK

RLB

BLOCK BLOCK

Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) (New manufacture)


Marking Font/Notes Inspector (if known)

Script

Conrad Nelson

BLOCK

BLOCK

Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) (Rebuild only)


Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK

Inspector (if known)

BLOCK

JCC RIA

BLOCK

BLOCK

Frank Krack - 1920-1930

RIA FK RIA FK2 RIA FK3

BLOCK

Frank Krack - 1920-1930 Frank Krack - 1920-1930 Frank Krack - 1920-1930

BLOCK

BLOCK

San Antonio Arsenal (SAA) (Rebuild only)


Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK

Inspector (if known)

BLOCK

H. S.A.A. L. S.A.A.

BLOCK BLOCK

Springfield Armory (SA) (Rebuild only)


Marking Font/Notes
BLOCK

Inspector (if known)

BLOCK Open Bottom Box

BLOCK Open Bottom Box

BLOCK Open Bottom Box

BLOCK Open Bottom Box

BLOCK Open Bottom Box

Springfield Armory (SA) (New manufacture)


Many of the following inspector's stamps have not been identified. Some could possibly be RIA. However, for ease of tabulation until identified differently, they are listed as SA. Marking Font/Notes Inspector (if known)
SCRIPT

SCRIPT

SCRIPT

J. Sumnar Adams

SCRIPT

SCRIPT

SCRIPT

SCRIPT

SCRIPT

Kelley S. Morse Francis B. Austin J. Sumnar Adams

BLOCK

BLOCK

BLOCK

BLOCK

Col. Gilbert H. Steward

BLOCK

BLOCK

J.F. Coyle

BLOCK

BLOCK

Elbert N. Dewey

BLOCK

BLOCK

BLOCK

BLOCK

BLOCK

BLOCK

W. E. Strong

BLOCK

BLOCK

C. Valentine

BLOCK

BLOCK

BLOCK

Unknown inspector's marks which are initials only and not of the usual style
Marking Font/Notes Inspector (if known)
BLOCK A.H.A. K (with proof mark "P" in a square) BLOCK B.CM-K

L.T.T.

BLOCK

Known Springfield Armory Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors


Initials Name
FWA GBA JSA F.W. Adams G.B. Allen J.S. Adams

Period
1904-1906 1894-1920 1890-1920

JWA CLB CMB HMB JHB JKB JNB JSB MPB NLB PMB SEB SHB WEB WFB AMC HAC JC JEC JFC JHC JMC MMC RAC RBC WJC CD CD DJD JRD RDD RMD CEE EAE FHE JWE JHF WCF WFF EAG GFG GRG AWH CCH EH FFH JHH

J.W. Alden C.L. Bartlett C.M. Boyington H.M. Brooks J.H. Boyer J.K. Burbank J.N. Boyer J.S. Burns M.P. Benjamin N.L. Benoit P.M. Brooks S.E. Bugbee S.H. Broughton W.E. Boynton W.F. Bradbury A.M. Cooley H.A. Colvin J. Clancy J.E. Craig J.F. Coyle J.H. Clayton J.M. Crighton M.M. Custer R.A. Carr R.B. Chamberlain W. J. Carr C. Davis C. Drommer D.J. Davis J.R. Dearborn R.D. Draper R.M. Dennon C.E. Evans E.A. Elliot F. H. Elwell J.W. Ewig J.H. Fletcher W.C. Fielding W.F. Fennyery E.A. Gowrie G.F. Grey G.R. Goring A.W. Hatch C.C. Hubbard E. Hancock F.F. Hull J.H. Howarth

1905-1906 1904-1910 1901-1910 1902-1920 1896-1920 1901-1910 1905-1906 1898-1910 1899-1910 1900-1904 1909-1910 1901-1910 1890-1920 1902-1910 1898-1902 1901-1910 1904-1920 1905-1907 1898-1906 1906-1907 1890-1920 1894-1910 1906-1910 1889-1920 1905-1906 1890-1920 1905-1906 1898-1910 1904-1906 1901-1920 1905-1906 1895-1920 1905-1906 1894-1910 1894-1910 1898-1910 1908-1909 1898-1920 1904-1906 1902-1909 1902-1920 1908-1910 1902-1903 1905-1906 1917-1918 1905-1906 1899-1910

JNH LOH WEH WHH WJH BFJ EAK EJK FMK HLK LLK PK PJK AHG BFL CPL EML NL TJL DWM FAM FWM GEM JWM KSM LM RM THM JPO WJO JCP SP FER IR JR EJS ETS GAS GCS JFS RNS WS DAT JBT OAT SLT AAW CAW

J.N. Hemenway L.O. Hale W.E. Hosmer W.H. Hayden W.J. Hines B.F. James E.A. Kingsbury E.J. Kernan F.M. Kelsey H.L. Keyes L.L. Kuralt P. Keller P.J. Killey A.H. Lewis B.F. Loughavan C.P. Lynn E.M. Lovering N. LeClair T. J. Lovett D.W. Massey F.A. Massey F.W. Macher G.E. Miller J.W. McCoy K.S. Morse L. Menz R. Matthews T.H. Mills J.P. O'Neil W.J. Ober J.C. Parker S. Priestley F.E. Randall I. Randall J. Reid E.J. Schoch E.T. Stevens G.A. Spooner G.C. Schnell J.F. Sullivan R.N. Standard W. Syrett D.A. Turner J.B. Tyler O.A. Thornton S.L. Tuttle A.A. White C.A. White

1906-1907 1902-1906 1905-1915 1901-1906 1904-1910 1904-1906 1904-1906 1909-1910 1904-1906 1890-1920 1905-1910 1904-1906 1901-1906 1905-1906 1905-1906 1905-1906 1908-1909 1905-1906 1904-1906 1908-1909 1905-1906 1905-1906 1905-1906 1927-1929 1898-1915 1908-1909 1905-1906 1900-1921 1904-1910 1904-1906 1905-1906 1904-1906 1905-1906 1904-1906 1904-1920 1904-1906 1890-1920 1899-1910 1904-1905 1898-1908 1905-1906 1904-1905 1914-1915 1899-1920 1907-1910 1894-1920 1905-1906 1904-1905

FEW GEW HCW HEW JAW MW WAW WFW GZ

F.E. Willson G.E. Worden H.C. Washburn H.E. Wallenberg J.A. Woodworth M. Witkop W.A. Walker W.F. Wilber G. Zauche

1901-1920 1905-1920 1904-1906 1905-1906 1905-1906 1908-1909 1905-1906 1905-1906 1905-1906