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Is the front sight on the 1903A3 supposed to be shrouded? I have seen several with the shroud, and several without. What is correct?
 

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My 03A3 came with a shroud that seems to clip on...have never taken it off. It is a mint condition Rem, Feb. 43 with 4 groove barrel. Shoots cast bullets extremely well.
 

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You got an 03A3 with a 4 groove barrel?
Thought all 03A3's had 2 groove barrels. Straight 03's have 4.

Right???
 

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Hammer,

You don't seem to be getting any where here yet...I have not found a definitive answer....

The 03A3 guru's hang out on the forums at www.odcmp.com

I thought captain-03 would probably know the answer to this...where is He?...bet He knows
 

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Here I am -- wharrison is correct to the best of my knowledge. It came with a snap-on shroud ... most did not like it stating it detracted from the sight picture and removed it .. IIRC, there were some issued to the Marines that were not a snap-on and could not be easily removed.

My data books state the following:

Remington made mostly 4-groove barrels through about 5-43. Remington made mostly 2-groove barrels after 5-43.

Smith-Corona made mostly 6-groove barrels through about 2-43. Smith-Corona made mostly 4-groove barrels after 2-43. Smith-Corona made a very few (rare) 2-groove barrels in 11-43.

However, there seems to be many, many exceptions.

The number of grooves was changed to increase production through-put and reduce cost.
 

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It isn't a shroud

Hammer said:
Is the front sight on the 1903A3 supposed to be shrouded? I have seen several with the shroud, and several without. What is correct?
It is a front sight cover. I believe it was designed to keep the blade safe and us safe from the blade.

Doug
 
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