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    First Garand, what does it all mean?

    Picked up my first Garand last night from a private seller and I've been trying to decipher this piece of history and learn her story. Rifle is an HRA receiver dating to early 1954 with HRA barrel, SA marked trigger housing and OP rod, and WRA marked bolt. Stock is what I believe to be birch and appears to have what I think is a LEAD stamp meaning it rebuilt in the mid 60's? (There is no electropenciling on the receiver legs). I would love some more info on these parts of the rifle from more knowledgeable folks. Please feel free to correct any mistakes I may have made in interpreting markings.

    Where I got a little lost was, when inspecting the chamber and the inside of the trigger housing, I noticed what looked like an old piece of paper on the floor of the trigger housing. I pulled the housing out and sho nuff there is a small (maybe 1"x2") yellowed piece of paper that is glued(?) to the floor. It has no words, just numbers and letters. If anyone knows what these numbers mean and can share the knowledge, I'd be forever grateful. Thanks!

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      #3
      That piece of paper looks like sight adjustment notes. For example, the 100 is probably 100 yards. The 8 might be how many clicks up from the basement the rear sight needs to be. Usually 8 clicks up from bottomed out on an M1 is about 100 yards. Maybe the E means elevation? Not totally sure about the other numbers/letters... Maybe windage? But I cant decipher what they mean... 4 clicks left? Just guessing at this point lol.
      Last edited by zeppelin5000; 02-04-2018, 09:54 PM.

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        #4
        Sounds like your on the right track.

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          #5
          The LEAD stamp on the stock is desirable. Don't ever remove it. Once it's gone...it's gone.

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            #6
            Yep, definitely sight adjustment notes.
            Jon

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              #7
              I believe the sticker in your rifle is Danish. Not sure what the E translates to, but the H and S are the same as found in the Danish stocks for sight adjustments.. Hojde and side(?) and I expect the li means left. The H or elevation clicks are measured from the bottom so no need for up or down. We had the same little tear off card we placed in our rifles as prescribed in FM 23-5.
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                #8
                Your rifle does not appear to be a Letterkenny rebuild, the stock was added at some point.

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                  #9
                  Welcome to the addiction.....

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                    #10
                    Fed ex dropped mine off today international Harvester made 5 -52 what does the s/a stand for ?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Chris Dickinson View Post
                      what does the s/a stand for ?
                      I am guessing your barrel is marked S-A-5-52. It means the barrel was made by Springfield Armory in May of '52. Depending on the serial number of your IHC it could be the original barrel. What is your serial number and is the chamber in the white (meaning shiny and unparkerized)?

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                        #12
                        The chamber seams to be the same color as rest of the action unparkerised serial number is 4441445

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                          #13
                          Barrel is HRA guessing Harrington & Richardson

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Chris Dickinson View Post
                            Barrel is HRA guessing Harrington & Richardson
                            My mistake. I thought you asked what S/A stood for and I assumed you had an SA barrel.

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