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    Type II National Match

    The last couple of weeks have been quite pleasant and interesting. We had a new gun business start up in a neighboring town. A fairly young couple, mid 30s for her, 40s for him, with a young son are starting out in the business, and they are really nice kids (they're kids to me at 77). So I introduce myself, and the owner Jeff says "I've heard your name before." Turns out someone, my friend Mark probably, told him to check with me about a Garand he got in on consignment. He goes to get it and I'm not expecting much. But he comes back with a Type II National Match with a 1954 barrel in very nice condition. Not only that, but he has the original, not photocopied, paperwork from Erie Army Depot. He asked me what I thought and I said it sure looked like the real thing and the owner should get a good buck for it. A week later I was giving the owner "a good buck for it." The owner had obtained it directly through the NRA in May of 1964 and has had it in his collection for 52 years. After collecting for quite a long time, it is my first, and probably my only NM. I haven't gotten to shoot it yet, but I will soon. (we're supposed to get 6"+ of snow tonight, so it won't be tomorrow)

    #2
    That's awesome! Congrats on the sweet score.
    m14brian

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      #3
      Nice rifle George, there is still a lot of nice rifles and handguns around. With NM M1 Rifles it is so important to have paper work.

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        #4
        Congrats on your purchase. It sounds like a sweet rifle!

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          #5
          Isn"t it amazing how when you are least expecting it...BAM!!...something like this literally falls in your lap? You just gotta love it when this happens. Great story and it sounds like a great rifle to boot. Congrats on your score of the month...sure would love to see some pics!

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            #6
            Yes, pics are mandatory Sir!
            m14brian

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              #7
              Yea, what he said where are the pic's.

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                #8
                Let's see if I can put up some pictures. I don't know how interesting they are. It just looks like a collection of NM parts. Fortunately, I have the paperwork so I know that it is a real NM rifle. Still haven't shot it, but Spring comes slowly in Maine. We are going to have a couple of warm days this week. We'll see.

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                  #9
                  Here are a few more.

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                    #10
                    Handsome rifle if I do say, congrats!! Get it oiled down and greased up well will stand by for the range report........

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                      #11
                      George, that sure is one nice-looking NM rifle!
                      Congrats on that one and thanks for posting up some pix!!
                      Welcome to the Addiction!

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                        #12
                        VERY nice, Sir!
                        m14brian

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                          #13
                          George as other have commented, very nice.

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                            #14
                            Very nice. Looks like it was originally built for the 1960 shooting season. Rebuilt to 1963 specs but retained the barrel most likely installed during the 1960 build. I see it has the "HEART" stamping. To my knowledge nobody has yet to be able to document the true meaning of that stamp. Some speculation but that is it.
                            Last edited by JoeW2111; 01-14-2017, 11:45 AM.

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                              #15
                              Hi Joe, Obviously you know a lot more about NMs than I. Could you please walk me through your analysis of my rifle. I sure would like to understand it's heritage. I'm mostly an early rifle collector.

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