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    Bubba1
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  • Bubba1
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    Hope is a good thing. If you don't look for it you can't find it ........ I've found a few over the years. They will only be found separately or as a complete handguard with a lip type ferrule. Lip type front handguard ferrules seem to be easier to find than the no notch spacers .

    To explain, the notch on the later spacer is for the later ferrule . The lip on the later ferrule ( used on all gas port rifles ) goes inward , hence the need for a notch in the spacer , where as the lip on the earlier ferrule (used on gas traps except during the last few months of production when there is an overlap with gas port production , May & June 1940 ) goes outward. You cannot use an earlier spacer with no notch with a later ferrule without modifying the spacer or the ferrule .

    To my knowledge, Springfield did not modify any early spacers for reuse, too much trouble and cost involved . They are out there and that is one of the hardest parts to find for any gas trap restoration .

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  • Bodyman
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    That is one tough part - I have never handled a loose one like that. Very cool.

    It is always something that I thought might still be out there on some random rebuild and ready to be found by the right set of eyes, maybe with a hint of numbers on the wood.

    What, ...? A guy can hope, can't he, ...

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  • Bubba1
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    Very early. The very first ones had no holes, no notch, and no drawing number. A very hard piece to find in any condition for any gas trap.

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  • Jersey Devil
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    started a topic Unnumbered Early Rear Handguard Spacer

    Unnumbered Early Rear Handguard Spacer

    This is an unnumbered early rear handguard spacer.

    Any ideas as to how early it is?
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