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    Early op rod catch question

    When did they begin using the " later " op rod catch ? Which type is correct for an 11-40 rifle ?

    #2
    I have some data sheets on 1940 rifles that are suppose to be original.

    s/n 39446 early op rod catch. these serial numbers all have the late op rod catch - s/n 46097, s/n 50313, s/n 50107, 53432, 59708, 167583

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      #3
      late, no lip,in the white

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        #4
        I believe the lip on the accelerator came into service in mid 1942 on SA op rod catches Click image for larger version

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        my photos show a A marked op rod catch and A marked accelerator, not common to find

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          #5
          never saw one with A stamped accelerator and body. Any idea what it stands for?

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            #6
            I forgot to add that it is a Winchester op rod catch and Winchester used the A and CM steel codes

            To my knowledge there are only a few of the double A marked operating rod catches that have surfaced

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              #7
              Ah, I understand now, thought you meant it was SA , yes I have seen WRA "A" stamped but never double

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                #8
                In Billy Pyle's book "The Gas Trap Garand" page 109, there is photos of some early SA gas trap era operating rod catches with both a serif A and plain A markings but not related to Winchester.

                As his book also points out most accelerators were unmarked but some could be found with the 0 or -0 marking

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                  #9
                  Yes I have seen the 0 marking. I have his book ,Ill check it out
                  I sent you a PM
                  Last edited by Orlando; 10-16-2022, 02:06 PM.

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