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Replica 1903A4 Sniper Rifle

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Sturmgewehre, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Sturmgewehre


    May 8, 2007
    The Gibbs Rifle Company is making a nearly exact replica of the 1903A4 sniper rifle built on original Remington receivers.

    [ame=""]Gibbs 1903A4 Rifle - YouTube[/ame]

    I think you might be surprised at just how accurate these rifles are, I know I was.
  2. VA27


    Mar 23, 2002
    A friend of mine got one of those. I don't think he's shot it yet, but it is a nice looking rifle.

  3. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    $999 at Aim Surplus........:cool:

    Funny, I was just looking at one of these today on GB, and the price was $1350! I didn't realize that this exact Gibbs rifle was what I was looking at! Looks like someone is trying to cash in on a quick turn-around sale!

    It was listed as a 03A3, not 03A4, and a CMP rebuild, not a Gibbs rebuild.

    Just goes to show that you really got to know what you're doing in collector's market.......


  4. auto-5


    Nov 13, 2011
    I can understand paying that much for a real 1903 but not for a replica.
  5. A real 1903A4 starts at 2 grand and ends around 5. A real M1C starts at around 2500 without the scope mount or scope. A real M1D starts at 1500 without the scope mount.
  6. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    Gibb,s are using welded Drill rifles. They cut the welds and put a new barrel stock and refinish them. The scopes&mounts are Chinese junk.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  7. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    Looks like Gibbs is producing a good replica 03-A3. More power to them!
  8. Sturmgewehre


    May 8, 2007
    Hi-Lux does manufacture scopes in China but in my experience with several of their offerings, they're far from junk. Their CMR scope receives rave reviews as an example. The M73G2 scope they make for the Gibbs rifle is very nicely done.
  9. Sturmgewehre


    May 8, 2007
    The scope alone on the Gibbs is a $350 sight.
    The stock is around $100.
    The new barrel has to be worth around $100 or so.

    That's $550 worth of new parts not counting the scope mount and rings (I can't find a price for them).

    A well worn 1903/A3 Springfield will cost you $700-$800 these days.

    If you were to build a 1903A4 rifle out of an original rifle you would be into the gun for $1400 just in parts and not including any gunsmith costs.

    This is a real rifle in that the receiver is a Remington as are the bolts. The barrel and stock is new, which I don't see as a bad thing, especially given how well it shoots.

    This is a shooter, not a collector, although in 10 years I suspect these will be worth quite a bit of money.
  10. Sturmgewehre


    May 8, 2007
    Yup, you have to be careful when shopping online. I'm sure there are a few unscrupulous people selling these as originals even though they're clearly marked.
  11. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    I just made a 1903A3 CMP match legal rifle with new Krieger match barrel,new c stock and repark ,about a $1000 invested. I have seen the chinese weaver copys fail and fog and jump adjustments. There a cheap scope and not for serious use. Gibb,s Welded Drill rifles can be ok ,but some are junk.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  12. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    I didn't know Gibbs was still in business. Hmmm.
  13. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    The type from AIM shows the scopes to be made by Leatherwood Optics until the new type are made (I assume by Hi-Lux?) which will increase cost.
  14. Pretty cool. I have a mild interest in getting a 1903 of some type. Wouldn't mind if it was a quality reproduction. I mainly just want the kind of bolt-action .30-06 used in either of the big wars.

    For some strange reason I want a bolt more than a Garand.
  15. F_G


    Jan 11, 2010
    Crown King, AZ
    Another excellent review by Sturmgewehre. A friend of mine bought one of these and his experience has pretty much mirrored yours. I guess you 2 got the 2 good ones they produced.
  16. Would these be legal in the cmp sniper matches?

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  17. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    Seems these are hit or miss. Some keepers some dumpers in the repro-snipers. Real ones can bring $3000-5000 to upwards. My CMP 1903A3 REM. krieger match is 1-moa with 168gr. match ammo. I think Gibbs was using Green mountian barrels at one time. Enjoy your springfield there fine rifles.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012
  18. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Great review as always!

    However,.......this Gibbs is a clone at best, not a replica!
    Receivers have been known to be from welded drill rifles.
    I do believe Gibbs is now using receivers from the CMP, however
    I would HIGHLY suggest an interested party purchase a CMP
    m1903A3 and convert it. Much better control of quality and
    this ensures a SAFE rifle, not a plug welded then drilled out
    receiver with questionable heat treatment!