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    August 1943 Restoration Project

    I'm finally making what I call a "serious attempt" at a restoration, and decided to try and work on a barreled receiver that I got from a friend. It came from the CMP as a service grade, but many of the parts were stripped for one of his projects.

    I'd really like some feedback as to whether or not I'm on the right track with this project, so any comments and/or suggestions on how to improve the project would be greatly appreciated. Here are a few photos showing where I am with it right now.

    Thanks in advance!
    --Brian
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    #2
    Great rifle to restore... could have been in all the major actions... I would suspect it would have a flat cut out for the clip latch and by this late in 43, I think a wide base gas cylinder and hence no requirement to find a gas cylinder with the seal intact. Hopefully others will chime in.

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    • Jersey Devil
      Jersey Devil commented
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      Thanks Curt!!

      I have a rounded clip latch in there now.....I'll post a photo below. I've been going by the closest rifle portrayed in Scott Duff's blue book, and it called for a rounded latch, but my serial number is later than that rifle, so perhaps it should have a square-ended one. Also, the color of the clip latch that I selected matches so darn well it would be a shame to have to switch it.

      I also have a wide-base gas cylinder on it now, too. I'll also post a photo of that.

      I look forward to your comments.

      Thanks again!!

    #3
    Brian
    Heres my 1943, I have a Data sheet I can send you if you need it. I think this one may be going up for sale soon. I am thinning the herd
    https://www.m1garandforum.com/forum/...43-springfield

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    • Jersey Devil
      Jersey Devil commented
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      Bill,
      That would be great, and very much appreciated!!
      Thank you!!

      Any thoughts on the selection of wood for this restoration?

    #4
    Here are some more photos......
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      #5
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        #6
        Here are some more photos.

        The restoration has now been completed, and I'll try and snap some pix of the whole rifle sitting in the sunlight tomorrow. I tried to achieve an overall color match, but some parts are a different shade than others, which I know that original rifles had that as well so I'm not too concerned.

        Any thoughts? Is it looking good or not really??
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          #7
          Looks good. Everything seems to flow well. Original rifles don't have perfect match finishes. You have a good flow in the parts and wear. Nice job.

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            #8
            Looks good Brian. Didnt they have rear sights in 1943???

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            • Jersey Devil
              Jersey Devil commented
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              LOL.....I'll post pix of the completed rifle later today or tomorrow....just waiting for more than 10 minutes of sunlight to break through the clouds!

            #9
            As mentioned above it flows nicely. Can't tell because of my old eyes, but the stock ferrule looks like it may have a dimple staked convex screw which might indicate WRA manufacturer. Is the hole off center, does it have a T or of character inside the left wing and the half circle or C as people reference?

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              #10
              Originally posted by CCyooper View Post
              As mentioned above it flows nicely. Can't tell because of my old eyes, but the stock ferrule looks like it may have a dimple staked convex screw which might indicate WRA manufacturer. Is the hole off center, does it have a T or of character inside the left wing and the half circle or C as people reference?
              Hi Curt,
              Thank you for your comment!
              The stock ferrule does have a dimple-staked convex screw, and it's just a hair off center. It's of "stamped" manufacture and has a large hole, which is centered. There's no "C" or "O" inside and there are no other marks on it.
              Thanks again for taking the time to comment.
              Looking forward to more info,
              --Brian
              Welcome to the Addiction!

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                #11
                I like it - can't wait to see the finished pics.

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                  #12
                  Thanks guys........here she is. All photos are in unfiltered sunlight. I was a bit rushed, so I apologize for the blurriness of some of them.

                  Please be brutally honest with me. I really want to "get into" restorations, but I need guidance.

                  Thanks again!!
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                    #13
                    Here are a few more.....
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                      #14
                      Looks pretty 'been there, done that' to me.

                      Nice job.

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                        #15
                        Nicely Done Brian

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