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    Markings mean ? ?

    Greetings

    Got a few questions for those in the know .

    1. An after war garand, SA receiver that has electro-etch letters on the right lower near the drawing # .... " RRAD 10 / 65 "

    Is this indicating it went thru a depot inspection / overhaul prior to storeage / sale to third world etc. ?
    1965 ? Active all had M-14's, Nat Guard probably a mix, and all ROTC programs still used the M1.

    2. Does CMP use a grading system for new wood stocks ? Is a collector grade better than expert grade ? how is it marked ?

    Finally got around to closely looking at a CMP expert grade I received back in June.
    It has many shaping tool marks, the grip cap is . . .a knot & very dark stain, a few small areas were not sanded enough . . they are fuzzy.

    #2
    The RRAD mark is from Red River Arsenal, so it went thru a rebuild there in Oct of 65. RRAD is in Texas. I'm not sure on the wood.

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      #3
      No grading system on commercial wood. All commercial stocks can use some work to be made to look good, some more than others

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        #4
        The reason I asked about the stock grading system . . . The one I received needs ( and is getting ) some help due to its color,
        shaper tool marks (large and small) a couple flat areas near butt plate, etc.
        I sent an email to the CMP to inquire about getting a replacement, or can I BUY a replacement.
        Sent a few pix of the issues, and receive a reply of "pictures reflect an expert grade stock & we have no control over this"
        ( so what does a collector grade stock look like ? )

        strange

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          #5
          Collector grade, service grade, expert grade, etc are all made up terms by cmp to categorize their rifles for sale. To me a collector grade stock would be a USGI stock with the proper cartouches and stamps, no cracks and none or very minor dents or dings.

          Post some pictures of your stock.
          Last edited by jak; 12-20-2022, 08:19 AM.
          Looking for SA bayonet 1045220

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            #6
            Again, there are no grades of commercial stocks. CMP's reply meant thats whats the be expected on a Expert grade. As stated Collector grade stocks are USGI. All commercial stocks need some work, some more than others

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