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    Danger in a lead heel?

    Hey everyone,
    I just purchased my first Garand off of gunbroker, it's a lead heeled gun circa November 1942. I am very excited and trying to learn as much information as possible while I wait for it to roll into my FFL. I had a question that I have searched for here and other places but haven't found an answer. Apologies if this has been answered before and I just didn't see it. From what I have learned several receivers were dipped in molten lead during the construction process to slow the cooling process vs letting them cool in the open air to provide a stronger receiver. I know these are lead dipped and not lead coated but I was curious if there was any safety concerns with possible lead poisoning from handling these guns. I am definitely not a metals expert and didn't know if any lead would remain on the gun after this process was complete. I know that no matter how much you love your Garand you probably shouldn't lick the receiver but I was wondering about the dangers of accidentally touching the lead dipped heel and then rubbing an eye or other sensitive areas.

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    They were dipped in the lead to anneal the heels of some improperly heat-treated receivers that were brittle. It was to keep the heels from cracking under use. They're absolutely safe to handle.
    Jon

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      #3
      Good to know, thanks Jon!

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        #4
        They also look great when refinished,I love the contrast.

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