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    1941 Barrel Questions..Thanks

    I have a M1 Garand rifle where all the parts are july - aug 1941 by their ser#. The markings on the barrel are stamped over and messed up. What are my chances of finding a SA-41 barrel? Any suggestions where to look ? ..Also any Idea why anyone would stamp over the barrel markings? This rifle doesn't look like it ever went to war. Thanks

    #2
    Yes, you can find a 41 barrel...and if you want one in good shape you will need $$$$$$.
    Post some pictures, please.

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      #3
      Is it possible they are British proof markings as shown in this photo?

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        #4
        Birmingham proofs on Oct 1941 would indicate Lend Lease barrel, receiver would be in late 300K to early 400K serial number range. Photos of rifle including receiver and stock cartouche would help in
        proper identification

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          #5
          A 1941 Garand is not a good candidate for a restoration unless you have very deep pockets. A very good SA/GHS stock can run $700-$900 . A very good 1941 barrel will not be easy to find and if you do expect to shell out $$$
          If you have a lend lease you have a desireable rifle. Do nothing until you have posted posted detailed pics here

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            #6
            Thanks Orlando and all above but as I said the rifle is in amazing condition with MFG dates of July-Aug 41 on all parts. .I checked the ser#s in a book THE M1 GARAND by Joe Poyer and Craig Riesch . the only problem with it is the barrel markings and only want a 1941 barrel with markings that aren't mashed. Obviously $$$ will be no problem at all to have all parts matching. I'll take the gun apart again and macro photo the parts and ser#s. and post them here. Thank you all very much.
            Last edited by zenfly; 07-04-2018, 03:32 PM.

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              #7
              Originally posted by jnw847 View Post
              Is it possible they are British proof markings as shown in this photo?
              Thanks..No they are messed up like double stamped and letters mashed together..

              Last edited by zenfly; 07-05-2018, 05:28 AM.

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                #8
                I'm very much interested in seeing the photos of this rifle. It would be truly fantastic to have an original 1941 rifle show up in a collection. I've had far easier times finding 1940 barrels than 1941 barrels. I think that I only have two 1941-era barrels in my collection.
                Welcome to the Addiction!

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                  #9
                  There is only ONE serial number on an M1 rifle. It's the number on the receiver heel below the maker's name. The other numbers are drawing, (or part), or revision numbers.
                  Jon

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                    #10
                    If drawing numbers on barrel are double stamped and original why would you want to change it? It is worth more as is. Definatly need pictures to tell what you have

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                      #11
                      It looks double-struck to me as well. Need up close, in-focus pics to determine what you have.
                      Jon

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                        #12
                        Wow! thank you all for your help and interest..The barrel markings are more clear than I said. The receiver seems to have been made July 1941. It looks like I have a Lend Lease barrel and the date that was hard for me to read and looked messed up was upside down "SA-8-41" ... It's real hard to see the 4 unless I shine a flash light at an angle. TJT says the rest of the ser#s don't matter but they are all SA..
                        Last edited by zenfly; 07-06-2018, 08:55 AM.

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                          #13
                          A few more pics..The sellers story was it came from an old man who was in the National Guard in Oregon.
                          Last edited by zenfly; 07-06-2018, 09:23 AM.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by zenfly View Post
                            . TJT says the rest of the ser#s don't matter but they are all SA..
                            That's NOT what I said. I said, "The ONLY SERIAL NUMBER is the number on the heel of the receiver. The OTHER numbers are DRAWING, or PART numbers. And yes, part numbers, and revision numbers of part numbers are important. You wouldn't want a revision 13 follower in a '41 rifle (just an example). You need to really READ what people write and assume NOTHING. I've been at this game for 40 years. I don't mind sharing the information as long as one is willing to LISTEN.
                            Jon

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by jnw847 View Post
                              Is it possible they are British proof markings as shown in this photo?
                              Yes. Thanks

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