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    Just wanting to get some opinions on this revision 2 follower. I’m leaning towards it being a WRA after reviewing a few threads here on early followers. Anyone else care to weigh in?

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    Its hard to tell from your pics but it looks like SA
    Look at this pic, see how the left end of slide goes to a point and yours looks more blunt. Mine pictured is WRA


      I have posted these photos before and the angle provides an excellent view: 1st photo Winchester follower & slide Jan to June (approx) 1941 2rd photo shows short nose slide that replaced the 45 X 45 degree early slide Click image for larger version

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        How do you tell the difference between the WRA short nose and the SA tophat follower then?


          The Winchester "top hat" is from the Springfield un-marked revision 2 follower which has a 90 degree face, All Winchester followers have the 90 degree face. Springfield changed the face to 85 degree starting with the late revison 2, 3, 4 and so on.

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          • RCS
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            reference: Garand Stand Report Winter 2003 No 49 article and drawings by Charles Redfield

          Thank you, learned something today


            Kinda funny how you can find later WRA Top Hat followers commonly but the SA Top Hat are a rare occurrence


              Your right, you can look through a hundred top hat followers and they will all be Winchester. The key is the front face with Winchester being 90 degrees but the other key factor in identification of the Winchester is the slide. Springfield never manufactured a slide with the long nose 45 degree front and 45 degree rear. The Springfield had the long nose 45 degree front but a 20 degree rear, many of these were hand modified to a rounded back.

              Going by the data sheets, Springfield used the number 2 follower with early slide into the 30K range. This was replaced with the un-marked and marked number 3 follower with 85 degree front face and early 45x20 degree slide - this was the last "top hat" Springfield follower. Winchester used the un-marked Springfield revision 2 follower starting in Dec 1940 with the 90 degree front face