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My M1 Garand from CMP finally arrived

Discussion in 'Military Surplus' started by RonBurgundy, Jul 31, 2013.

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    Yep, the very light gray park is indicative - though not with 100% certainty - of a LEAD rebuild. The one I had came in a stock with the LEAD triangle mark, but no inscription on the receiver leg. It was in excellent condition, but I sold it because I'm partial to the early post-war rebuilds. Those often were reparked over the existing finish, so sometimes over the years the finish acquired a hint of plum coloration. I have such a rebuild, and the purplish tint is way cool IMHO.
     
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    Only cartouches I see are the ubiquitous circle P proof mark and a square containing three stars over the eagle holding arrows. I found a site that says it was used on both SA and WRA stocks. I don't know enough yet to tell which I have for sure but I a guessing it is SA.
     
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    The square with the eagle and stars is a DAS acceptance stamp, which was used post-war. So your stock would be an SA production since WRA stopped making stocks with the close of WW2. I'm assuming the "P" in the circle proof mark has serifs?
     
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    That was what I had deduced. Will have to look at the proof mark again.....don't recall if it was serif or sanserif.
     
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    If it's sans serif, look in the barrel channel for a four-character code stamped there. If there's one, ka-ching - you probably have a valuable IHC stock :) Otherwise, it'd be likely a HRA stock.
     
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    Definitely serif. No markings inside stock.
    Finally got to shoot it over the weekend and had trouble. Apparently a common early rebuild practice was to cut the gas cylinder through the front sight dovetail and weld it it make it serviceable. One of those saw cut tubes was used on my rifle and the missed the fact the back half of the dt was broken. It came off on shot number 10. We found the sight thank goodness. The defective tube is going back to CMP.

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    I'm still surprised you found the front sight. How long did you have to look for it?
     
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    'Bout 20 minutes. Thank goodness for my 23 year old's young eyes. My 53 year old eyes had no chance.
     
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    The replacement gas cylinder arrived last week and I got the rifle put back together. The replacement cylinder came with a front sight installed and was a much tighter fit than the one that had been cut and welded. Want to get back to the range ASAP but no clue when that will be.
     
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    A tighter fit is good, but I hope you tapped the cylinder fully onto the splines before screwing down the gas lock. With the cylinder fully seated, check for a bit of back-and-forth play in the front hand guard, which is desirable. If the HG is fixed tightly in place, tap the cylinder off just a tad to get that play in the HG, then install the gas lock. Ideally, it'd snug down finger-tight, but it's better to be a bit loose than to bear down on the lock to get it to line up. Otherwise, you might jam the cylinder back against the HG and remove the loose fit.
     

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