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    My second Garand - not sure what I have here.

    Hello all - I'm brand new to the forum, and was hoping for some help in identifying what I have here.
    I came to own this by way of a trade I made last weekend. The previous owner said it was a CMP Garand that had been sent back from Italy.
    I felt the trade was in my favor so I Went through with it as I really wanted a second M1. The ME isn't even a full 2 yet. I Have not checked the TE.
    The stock is pretty beat, and I think it's birch. But there is a fair cartouche on it. There is also a P cartouche under the pistol grip.
    The metal is in great shape, and the breech/mgazine look like it has not seen much use. Can you all help me a bit with this?
    I was thinking of putting a nicer/new stock on it and using it as a shooter. Thoughts?

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    We will need a lot more pictures and details of individual parts to give you a better idea of what you have. From what I can see the stock and hand guards are walnut. The windage knob is a WH/SA which is correct for the 6 million serial number range. The parkerizing appears original. The dents in the stock don't look bad. You can steam out the dents, refinish and keep the stock.

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      #3
      OK - understood - I'll try to field strip and get more/better pictures up here soon.
      Thanks!

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        #4
        What you have is one of the last runs of M1 Garands made in late 1956 or early 1957 by Springfield Armory. Production stopped in 1957. The Springfield M1 Garands made in the 1950s were the high water mark for quality. A lot of collectors are looking for a 6 million M1 Garands. You got a very good one. Please post more photos and post barrel markings. I sold my 6 million many years ago and regret it to this day. Yours is a keeper. Its been reported that the highest serial number M1 Garand was 6084405. Its reported 6084405 came off the production line 10:43am May 17th 1957
        Last edited by RDS; 04-10-2017, 06:22 PM.

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          #5
          Thanks for that information.
          I will post more photos soon. Hoping to field strip and lubricate it over the Easter weekend.

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            #6
            One needs to not only know a field strip but a detail strip as well. Always detail strip an M1 before your first time out with it. Field strip won't reveal many problems but there's no hiding from a detail strip.
            Jon

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              #7
              OK - I detail stripped and lubed the rifle tonight. I was surprised how easy it was, and my intimidation was unwarranted.
              I took pics of every number I could find, and I post them here hoping you all can provide more insight.
              Any and all input appreciated!


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                More...

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                  #9
                  So far it looks like its a correct rifle, what are the numbers on the bolt, elevation knob and hammer?

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                    #10
                    I'll get back to you all with that. Some members on another forum asked for the same information.
                    I do have the bolt here. But I'll need to wait until the weekend to get the others.
                    Here's the bolt:

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                      #11
                      Is there a way to tell if it is original vs. correct, once I get the remaining photos?

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                        #12
                        Bolt appears correct

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                          #13
                          As stated above,it looks as if you have a correct 6 mill rifle,and the stock set is walnut.That's a great score!

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                            #14
                            It sounds unbelievable - but I traded a Sig P220 for it...
                            I'll take that deal any day of the week - and twice on Sundays!

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                              #15
                              Last pics - trigger group and gas plug...

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