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A belated Christmas miracle from the CMP

Discussion in 'M1 Garand' started by TheJoker, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    So on 12/20, I got a holiday bonus in my paycheck. Since Christmas presents were all bought and bills were all paid, I decided to invest the extra cash. I placed an order for one SG and one FG US Rifle Caliber .30 M1 and two tins of HXP M2 Ball.

    I'd be happy with anything; but, my rifle collecting interest centers around WWII, so what arrived today is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

    Both rifles were made by Springfield Armory in 1944(June and October), both would seem to have their original WWII barrels and the FG actually has a stock that could be original.

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    The SG is in the 2.9 million range with a SA-5-44 barrel. It measures MW 1 and TE 4. All the parts that I can easily see are SA with the exception of an IHC windage knob.

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    The FG is in the 3.2 million range with a SA-10-44 barrel. It measures MW 2 and TE 2. All the parts that I can easily see are SA. It also has lock bar sights and a very correct SA stock(...the hand guards look to be replacement). To me the FG is the neatest of the two; but, I couldn't be more pleased with them both. I mean what are the odds of getting two WWII rifle with original barrels?

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  2. neophyte

    neophyte Wonderment :) Forum Contributor

    Thejoker: You are very lucky/fortunate and luck wow-weee. If you do shoot them :) a range report will be nice
     

  3. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Neat! Any idea what the scratched in stock lettering means?
     
  4. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I just may go to the farm/range tomorrow. The cartouches are acceptance stamps. The top initials are S.A. for Springfield Armory. GAW is for Col. George A. Woody, SA inspector from July '43 to Oct '44 and NFR is for Gen. Norman F. Ramsey inspector from Oct '44 to Nov '45.
     
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  5. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    That's some weird markings for an inspection stamp!
     
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  6. Tack Driver

    Tack Driver G&G Evangelist

    Since you bought two, that means you can sell one to me for a good deal ;)

    That is awesome, congratulations sir. Those are two beautiful pieces of history :)
     
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  7. goat roper

    goat roper G&G Evangelist

    I thought there was a long wait to get rifles.
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  8. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Here are the common inspection stamps. The ones used by Springfield Armory and Winchester Repeating Arms during WWII are all very similar. The DOD Eagle w/stars was used post WWII.

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  9. SUBMOA

    SUBMOA G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Very nice! Santa did extra good on you!
     
  10. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Both rifle performed flawlessly today, I put 24 rounds through each. I have a bit of a problem with the field grade rifle. I'll post some pictures later. I'm not familiar with the locking bar type sights; but, I think the outer piece is missing.
     
  11. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

  12. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Found a knob and a screw at Numrich for $26 and some change, shipped.
     
  13. Orlando

    Orlando G&G Evangelist

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    Seems like CMP has been shipping alot of rifles with WWII barreled receivers lately. Nice score
     
  14. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Yeah, Orlando. I've been visiting the CMP forum a lot lately and that's sort of what prompted this little impulse buy. Folks were not only reporting really fast turnaround; but, they seemed to be shipping some great rifles.

    I was expecting to get a project rifle and one a bit nicer. Instead, I got two really nice ones. That 10-44 field grade could easily become my new favorite. (...don't tell the others!)
     
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