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    Tooele M1D

    Earlier this spring while I was at the North store picking up ammo for the summer shooting season I noticed 4 or 5 M1D's sitting in the rack with scope, cheek pad, etc. I looked them over and decided to pick up this Tooele built rifle. It is built exactly like the rifles identified in the GCA article. Based upon the condition of the rifle there is no way to determine (by me) if the CMP added the scope to the rifle or if it was a complete package when they received it. There are a few members of the GCA that are friends of the CMP who collect data and inspect returned rifles and I am sure they know. I suspect CMP added the scope out of a box of scopes and mounts but it appears the cheek piece has been on this stock for a long time. The rifle looks like it was used very little after rebuild if it was used at all. It also came with a scope case. I have heard or read somewhere that some of these Tooele built rifles in the last sale were Title X returns and I was wondering if anyone on the forum may have access to that information. If so, I suspect they came out of the CMH holdings but it would be great to find/learn any additional information if available.
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    I would say the scopes mounts etc were added by CMP, also you don't see WWII trigger guards on documented M1Ds.( woops, my goof. I was thinking of NM garands) Otherwise the rifles would have sold for more. Nice looking M1D
    Last edited by Orlando; 08-11-2018, 05:23 PM.

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      Thank for the comment. Not sure I understand the comment regarding the trigger guard on the Tooele rifle. The group does not appear to have been taken apart and as mentioned the fit and finish is identical to that in the GCA Spring 2016 article. Just to confirm I went back and read the article and the rifle shown also has a milled trigger guard. I think this rifle is as rebuilt except maybe for the removal of the flash hider but they were also an accessary in the BII of boxed rifles. The rest of the accessories are not critical to the originality of the rifle even though they appear to be contemporary, i.e. 11-62 cheek piece, and very little wear on the scope and mount.

      I understand the M1D's rifles being built in the early 50's were most likely using the latest parts, but that does not necessarily mean they did (unless there is documentation that I am unaware of (wouldn't be the first time)). For example trigger housings used on lottery guns were not always the latest revision and there are pictures of M1D's in use without high hump locks and milled trigger guards in the early 50's. The preferred lock in the 1953 rebuild manual is the hardened beveled type, but it indicates that they were to be saved for grenade launching. Milled trigger guards were also good to go. There are even pictures of M1D's, I believe, in Canfield's book with milled trigger guards. Are they original, I certainly do not know, but based upon observations milled trigger guards were in use on early M1D's too. I know it is a little early but the 1947 TM 9-1275 also shows a picture of an M1D with milled trigger guard and here is a picture of a M1D lottery rifle from the CMP site (tooele (undocumented?)). Just trying to learn.
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        #4
        I goofed, I was thinking of NM garands not M1D's when I spoke of milled trigger guards. Original NM rifles were not manufactured with WWII parts.
        When I say documented I am talking about M1D's and NM rifles that were not sent to other countries then returned. Only thing CMP paperwork is good for on returned M1D's and NM is that they were loaned to other countries in that configuration. Who knows what parts were swapped on those before being returned . Just my opinion

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          #5
          I concur, always learning. My trouble, I forget as much as a learn, something probably to do with limited amount of brain cells. If the Toole is a Title X(10) rifle then it probably never left the country but I assume only the staff of CMP and a few select collectors would know. I suspect they didn't come from Turkey or Greece but who knows.. as I said always trying to connect the dots...

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