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    International Harvester?

    I have the opportunity to buy a very nice M1 that is being marketed as a post war IH model, originally purchased through the CMP program. It comes with the CMP paperwork and bill of lading. I am puzzled, however because the heel of the receiver has no markings at all. The serial # is 5120xxx. I haven't had the chance to look for identifying marks on the barrel, etc. but I haven't seen any other M1s without markings on the heel. Any advice or insights would be greatly appreciated!!!

    #2
    All USGI M1 rifles were receiver maker roll marked, if it is clean its either been blasted or buffed too death or its not USGI. And becarefull there is fake DCM/CMP paperwork out there.

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      #3
      Thanks so much. I'm going to have a much closer look later on in the week.

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        #4
        Have you had a chance to check the area just forward of the receiver legs for heat lot/drawing numbers?

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          #5
          I'm going to have another look at it tomorrow. Will post what I learn. Thanks again for your help.

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            #6
            Can you post photos of receiver heel and right front receiver leg with heat lot numbers. Years ago may be 50 yrs several companies in Ca made and sold M1 Garands made from two demilled receiver halves. One common trait of these guns was they left the original serial numbers intact but ground off the other heel markings. Please post photos.

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              #7
              OK. I got some pics today. I apologize for the bad lighting and the poor quality cell phone resolution.

              Turns out the receiver has been heavily buffed and re-parkerized. The IH stamp and serial # are there, just faint. The barrel is marked LMR. I've included a couple of other shots of the stock and muzzle. Overall, the rifle looks to be in very good condition, no cracks, smooth action, good trigger, etc..

              Thanks in advance for any info or advice!

              According to the paperwork, it sold for $94.30 in (illegible date). Described as "Condition B S ​ ervice Grade w/OE".

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                #8
                Just checking.. Did my pics upload correctly? I can see them on my computer but not on my iPad.

                Could be a newbie mistake. Thanks.

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                  #9
                  I can not open them

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                    I'll try again using just thumbnail size pics. Sorry if they are hard to see.





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                      #11
                      I would take the action out of the stock to look at the rest of the rifle.

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                        #12
                        That rifle came from the DCM, not the CMP.
                        Jon

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by taparker50 View Post
                          I have the opportunity to buy a very nice M1 that is being marketed as a post war IH model
                          All IHC's are post war as are HRA. Only Springfield Armory and Winchester made "war time" M1 rifles.
                          Jon

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