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    Another Newby with an IHC 'PS' M1

    Hello Everybody! I had written a lot, but got in a hurry and fat-fingered something and deleted the whole damn thing. Let's try this again! I just bought my first M1 Garand. I probably overpaid. I knew I wanted one, but I was not educated on them. That is happening post-purchase, and I should know better. The old couple who sold it to me at the LGS kind of reeled me in, making me think it was one of the low number of Springfield-produced 'postage stamp' IHC receivers. I now know better. I could be angry, but nobody made me buy it, and in the end, I have my M1 Garand and I love it, and that is worth more to me than anything else. I was actually there to find a period 1911A1 magazine for my Remington Rand (1944). I did find a source and have since purchased a General Shaver magazine, and now that pistol is period perfect! Now I am working on my 1911 Colt (1918) and have an old barrel on the way, and that one should be good. I was looking for parts for the M1, but after some of my reading, am thinking that maybe I should leave it as-is. The S/N is 4584286, so I think it was made in early 1953. The barrel and bolt are Springfield. The trigger group housing is WRA. I haven't tried to determine each part. I guess I could, but it is really not too important to me right now. I took it apart from the stock to just make sure things were clean and oiled, and I see that it was arsenal worked at the Red River Army Depot in 9-64! The rifle is not perfect, but neither am I. There were no clips, but I thought the one he had looked familiar. I got home and looked through a box with my Dad's old ammo collection in it which he had left me, and lo and behold, there were about 30 of them! I will probably buy a few new ones to shoot with, but I do have some surplus ones in the collection. Now I am going to order some of the correct ammo and go shoot a little. I am going to try to attach a few pics. Let me know what you think. I am humbled by you guys that know so much about these pieces of history. I am honored to learn from you. My Dad was in WWII, and told me way back that he had shot the Carbine. That may be next. For now, the Garand is my focus. Regards, Dave

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    Well, I tried to figure out how to post pictures, but something isn't cooperating!

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      #3
      Serial number is definitely an IHC/IHC receiver. Mine is about 20,000 before yours and it too, is IHC/IHC. Please post pictures. We ALL love gun-porn. Congrats on your new best friend. WARNING--M1 rifles have a habit of multiplying. I started with one and now have four.
      Jon
      Last edited by TJT; 06-12-2018, 10:43 PM.

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        #4
        What ever you do don't try to correct a receiver etched rebuild. The 1960's rebuilds are becoming more sought after and collectable

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          #5
          So don't try to match up parts to make it all IHC? That was my original thought, but then when I almost won a couple of auctions and missed, I looked further and found that the part I was trying to win was newer than my rifle anyway, so it still was not a true match. If it is better to leave as-is from the arsenal, I will do that.

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            #6
            If a rifle is original finish and doesn't have etched receiver legs then it would be a good candidate. Even if you would put correct parts its still a rebuild because of the etching. I would leave it as is

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