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    Extremely modified Garand. Possibly a prototype?

    Greetings M1 Garand forum. I was recently left this M1 from my grandpa. It does not have any markings on the barrel, or top of the receiver. I know this was a prized rifle in my grandpas collection and it shoots great. I recall him saying something about it being a prototype of some sort but I'm sure the experts on here can shed some light on it.

    Thanks in advance.


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      #3
      There was an article in "The American Rifleman" magazine in the early 1960's time period that showed you how to modify an M1 rifle into a sporter. You had to turn down the front barrel diameter and move the gas cylinder back, the barrel was notched to hold the gas cylinder in that position. You also had to cut the operating rod and fill it with white sand in order to re-bend it to work, then add a new tip. The operating rod spring was also cut back. Your rifle in the photos also had the receiver sporterized and blued. Most of these conversions had a ramp front sight installed.

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        You've already been told elsewhere that it is a bubba'd hunting rifle (calguns.net). It is NOT any kind of a military prototype. Apparently you're not going to be satisfied until you hear what you want to hear.
        Last edited by TJT; 02-09-2016, 12:04 AM.

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          Thanks guys.

          TJT I made this post on this forum before I had any replies on Calguns. After my original post I did some research and figured there were prob more m1 experts on this forum.

          I do have a question about the receiver though. Is it legal? Or would I need to buy a new receiver and register it?

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            Originally posted by Blu808 View Post

            I do have a question about the receiver though. Is it legal? Or would I need to buy a new receiver and register it?
            The existing s/n should not have been removed. I'm not sure about owning the rifle, but you can't sell it without a s/n.
            As for buying a new receiver, it would be cheaper to buy a complete garand instead of trying to restore that rifle.
            The only usable parts for a rebuild would be the trigger group and the internal parts. The numbers on the side of the receiver
            indicate the s/n is in around 500,000 / late 1941-early 1942 time frame. Just keep grandpa's rifle as it is and enjoy the memories.

            I'm guessing you're from California since you posted on calguns, so I don't know what kind of communist laws they have concerning
            you owning a rifle without a s/n. Good luck

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              #7
              Thanks for the reply.

              I am from Cali.

              So the serial number on the side of the receiver cant be used to register it? Is it more of just a production part number?

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                #8
                There is only one serial number on a Garand and it is on the receiver heel and it is missing on your rifle

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                  #9
                  The numbers on the side of the receiver are the part number, revision number, and heat lot.

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                    Originally posted by Blu808 View Post
                    Thanks for the reply.

                    I am from Cali.

                    So the serial number on the side of the receiver cant be used to register it? Is it more of just a production part number?
                    ​Ahhh, No! It's like TJT said and there is like 100,000+ M1's made too that drawing number so thats not a very good number too try and use. What you have and as others have said is a sporterized M1 Garand. Done before 1968 when serial numbers were not required, keep it as is as a family heirloom and enjoy it for what it is.

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                      #11
                      Also members, lets keep the negative comments to ourselves and not type them, this forum is for all to enjoy and not to say things to others which may be deemed insulting or offensive. You might be getting a warning from one of us moderators otherwise.
                      m14brian

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