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M1917 Enfield stock question

Discussion in 'Enfield Rifles' started by mdj696, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. mdj696

    mdj696 G&G Evangelist

    About 4 or 5 years ago I bought a 1917 Eddystone, dated 8-18, no import stamps. in pristine condition. On left side of stock above trigger is stamped in box, 3GM-6. Anyone know what it is?
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  2. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Possibly might be an a rebuild stamp. Don't know for sure.

  3. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    Inspector stamp?
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  4. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    an inspection mark.
    they appear all over US military rifles.
    the arsenal and the actual inspectors initials are in the little box.

    I have seen a few inspected by EK which is Elmer Keith and a few other noted gun writers.
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  5. Send us a pic of it for sure.
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  6. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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  7. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Its not a Springfield Armory 1903 rifle, so the search goes on!
  8. mack310

    mack310 G&G Regular

    In broadest strokes, the reference page gives you the answer. Many of these rifles were manufactured at the end of that conflict in 1918 and went directly to storage, unused and pristine. By the time war became certain in the mid-30s, these rifles were mixed in with tens of thousands more returned rifles in various conditions. Remember the military shrank to about 85000 troops by that time, so there was no need to keep all those weapons in racks and ready to use. Also, there was no rational argument for destroying these arms, so storage was the way to go (good thing for collectors today!). At the onset of hostilities in 1939, contracts had been let to bring these new/old rifles out of storage and put them back in service. General Motors got huge contracts and the automaker sent these to different divisions to complete the rebuilds. What you have is a rifle re-worked by Kelvinator. I have had several with similar marks in the past 50 years of collecting. Hope you enjoy the rifle. It should be a nice collector piece.
  9. mdj696

    mdj696 G&G Evangelist

    I bought it from a friend for $200. He ddn't know what is was only that is was a 30/06. Said he bought it at an estate sale maybe 10 or so years ago for $25.00. I jumped on it like a blue jay on a June bug.
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  10. Well ya gotta show us some pics of the beauty.
  11. The 1917 is tied with the M1 for my favorite service rifle
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  12. mdj696

    mdj696 G&G Evangelist

    Capt'n Mil Collec and thrillbilly here are your pictures you ask. !-M1D,1917 Eddystone, 1903A4 Springfield. 2-Stamp on Eddystone stock. 3- Only worn part on Eddystone receiver. 3006s 001.JPG Eddystone stock.JPG Eddystone.JPG
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017
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  13. The Numbers in the box represent sub inspectors marks. Who it was is probably lost to history. Many inspectors traveled from place to place, depending on where their current assignment was. Others were assigned to one factory, and records for those inspectors are somewhat easier to find. But because the 1917 Enfield was not a well received rifle a lot of the records were simply thrown away.
  14. mdj696

    mdj696 G&G Evangelist

    Thrillbilly, here's 2 of mine you said were your favorites.
  15. Personally I really like the 1917 Enfields. They have weight, have nice balance, and are accurate.
  16. TheJoker

    TheJoker G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I've got one of those myself.

    I have heard the Kelvinator theory. I have also heard that it was General Motors Guide Lamp Division. It is my understanding they also refurbished 45,000 prior to or during WWII. I don't think there is a consensus.


    Great rifle...
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  17. mdj696

    mdj696 G&G Evangelist

    I misdated my Eddystone, made 10-18, one month before armistance.
  18. mdj696

    mdj696 G&G Evangelist

    Does anybody know when import stamps started?
  19. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    GCA 68 ushered in the firm requirement for import marks and serial numbers.