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Springfield 1903 question
« on: May 25, 2023, 07:51:41 AM »
Gents, I been trying to track down some information and so far it has eluded me.

This a Springfield made M 1903 ( not an 03a3)
I know the receiver number puts it made in 1938-39, the Barrel stamp is 1942.

I know the gun went through Augusta Arsenal for a rebuild  AAq mark the lower case q being the inspector.

The Scant stock has the P

What I have not found out is the AOG  what is AOG ?





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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2023, 07:59:14 AM »
Almost looks like a unit marking of some kind, but I wouldn't think they'd put it there.
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2023, 08:47:02 AM »
Looks like one of the inspection marks for Ogden Arsenal.

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Re: Springfield 1903 question
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2023, 08:53:50 AM »
I'm of the opinion that it may be an inspector. @  Anniston Ordnance Depot
I found this one AOE on a Remington 03. E would be the inspector :-\



I don't find AOG or AOE on this list of inspectors.
http://www.proofhouse.com/cm/us_inspector.htm

I've seen several AAa AAq and know that to be Augusta Arsenal (a) inspector.
 I believe I see AA ghosted and over stamped with AOE here. Note: the lower case a is actually lower case Q

I was typing this when Robert replied
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2023, 08:57:33 AM »
OG = Ogden Arsenal, that's a new wrinkle ..I'll direct a look in that direction, thanks
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2023, 10:44:51 AM »
I think Ogden Arsenal = OG is a dead end

I see boxed [OG] and boxed [O.G.E.K] for Elmer Keith and “ogek” (not enclosed) signified inspector Ed Klouser.
but no AOG  :-\

I have found Augusta Arsenal—“AA”—Typically followed with a letter suffix (presumed to be for the inspector supervising overhauls, in my case a).  actually that is lower case Q = q
Later a number suffix (typically four digits) was sometimes added. These markings may be found stamped on either the left or right side of the stock.

interesting, though numbers but not letters, in my case AOG ... the search continues  :) it's fun !



A story is attached to this gun, It was in a number range, sent to Ft. Ogelthorpe Ga. POW prison.  ???
   I own the gun, not necessarily the story.
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2023, 04:20:41 PM »
Best case scenario, and front runner

AO
=  Anniston Ordnance Depot, October 14, 1941, the installation was officially designated the Anniston Ordnance Depot, G might be the inspector when the gun was stored.

 In accordance with War Department General Order No. 11. In August 1962, the name was changed to Anniston Army Depot. = ANAD

Seems to fit

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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2023, 04:52:53 PM »
That 'splains it!
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2023, 07:10:27 PM »
I was on the Milsurp Board, that was the suggestion posted there  :-\
 It is highly probable this is the explanation. 

Refurbish at Augusta Armory and sent to Anniston Ordnance Depot.
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2023, 02:13:27 AM »
On October 14, 1941, the installation was officially designated the Anniston Ordnance Depot, in accordance with War Department General Order No. 11. In August 1962, the name was changed to Anniston Army Depot.

In the beginning, ammunition, and weapons storage and shipment was the depot’s primary mission. The overhaul and repair of combat vehicles was added, which has continued to expand throughout the ensuing decades.
 In accordance with War Department General Order No. 11. In August 1962, the name was changed to Anniston Army Depot. = ANAD
Today, Anniston Army Depot, is the combat vehicle center of the free world.
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Re: Springfield 1903 question
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2023, 02:05:15 AM »
I have been corrected... the AAa is in fact AAq as in lower case Q

I have learned the Scant stock with the (S) stamp in the safety cut out) would be an earlier manufactured one and would date to 1942.

It was restocked and refurbished at Augusta Armory in 1942 and sent to Anniston Ordnance Depot.
The Milsurp board has come through with the info I seek.  ;D
 
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