The Gibbs M1903-A4 is built using original Remington-made World War II M1903-A3 actions and turned-down bolts, which Gibbs obtained large quantities of when it purchased the rifle division of Parker-Hale in the 1990's. Gibbs then utilizes new-made 4-groove Criterion barrels made identical to the originals. Each receiver is carefully drilled and tapped using replicas of the original "Redfield" rings and mounts and the 2nd Generation Gibbs 1903A4 M73G2 scope made by Hi-Lux/Leatherwood, an exact copy of the M73B1 scope, used on the 1st model M1903-A4's. Each barreled action has the original military parkerized finish with parkerized stock furniture, again, identical to the originals. The stocks are new-made "C" configuration with a linseed oil finish.
The result is a firearm that comes out of the box in brand-new condition, ready for shooting, display, reenacting and field use. Not just exceptional in looks and finish, each gun is made to hold to the accuracy standards of the U.S. Government during World War II. "We want our customers to know that they can achieve the same accuracy as World War II snipers with these guns" stated Val Forgett, President of Forgett Investments, LLC.
Like all replicas and historic remakes, the Gibbs M1903-A4 has a number of features that intentionally distinguish it from originals, even by the casual observer. For instance, the barrels are marked with the modern dates of manufacture, unlike original barrels that would have had 1940's manufacturing dates. Gibbs also does not remove the receiver markings, another telling feature to distinguish this historic remake. Finally, the scopes are marked with the Gibbs name and address, unlike the originals, which were marked with Weaver's manufacturer's marks.