I think everyone will like this. A 1903A4 sniper rifle brought back by a Vietnam vet. He captured it from a dead communist. The theory is it was a Viet Minh capture from a French soldier then pressed into service later by the PAVN. I don’t know if I buy that. The US did provide aid to French troops in VN. It could have been captured from ARVN troops since the US gave them mountains of US arms and equipment that was out of date. Who knows?
The optic seen on the gun as put there by the owner so he could shoot it without worrying about damaging the original. He does still have the original optic as show below.
I know the receiver says 1903A3 but that is correct for a sniper rifle. The A4 was the Army’s first attempt at a standard issue/ standard production sniper rifle purpose made from the start to be issued for sniping. The USMC used National Match hand selected 1903s with the 8X Unertl bought by the gov for use in WW2 and later was used in Korea and then on the Model 70s in Vietnam.
The original optic issued with the A4.
And finally the original paperwork to bring the gun home.