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  • 51smd
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    Thanks for the information Tony good stuff. On a trip to Tony's last year he did show me on of his gas traps very cool and a great guy.

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  • m14brian
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    Cool info! Sounds like you have an sweet collection. That is very generous of you to allow guests to view them in your home, I appreciate that, if I was there I'd take you up on that.
    m14brian

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  • Orlando
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    Those guys in New Jersey got all the neat Garands

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  • Jersey Devil
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    Great info, Tony!!
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and for signing up here.
    Cheers!!
    --Brian cp1

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  • GarandGuy
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    Gas trap Garands

    Production of the Gas Trap Garands started in 1936. The government was on a tight budget due to the Great Depression, & not enough money was allocated for developement of a new type rifle for the military, so the Ordnance Dep't finagelled the funds by hook & by crook. The first 80 were shop model prototypes, & #81 was the first production model. It & #89 were retained by Springfield Armory for display. #88 is owned by a collector from PA. #89 is the the Marine Museum at Quantico, VA. #'s 93, 94, 95, & 96 are owned by me (the Garand Guy). They are posted on my web site, www.garandguy.com, & are available for viewing at my home in Rahway, NJ, if anyone wants to see them. Gas traps were built up to serial#40000, & then were intermixed with gas port M1's up to #45000. At this point, a newly-developed gas port barrel was fitted to all m1's, & kits were produced by Springfield to retrofit the early M1's with the new gas port barrel. Nearly 4 million M1's were built by Springfield & Wnchester during WWII, ant then later in the 1950's another 1.4 million were built by Springfield, IHC, & HRA. Many of these M1's were rebuild after battle use up until the 1960's after the M14 was adopted.
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