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    Hello From Illinois!

    Hey everybody! I just joined the forum and it looks like there's a lot of info here. I have wanted an M1 Garand for years and years now and a couple of weeks ago I finally got one! It's a Springfield serial #2969685 (June 1944) and is in unrestored condition with plenty of dents and dings in the wood! The barrel is dated 1942 which I thought was odd. Usually I see them with newer barrels not older. I paid $995 and they threw in some clips. It's still got a couple of cartouches intact. Two different proof ones just behind the trigger group and "R.R.A." stamped on the stock. The only metal that has been refinished (as far as I know) is the butt plate. I was cleaning it when I got it home and all the black just ran off. We suspect a rattle can job. I took her to work and sandblasted and phosphated it. Don't worry, there are no plans to mess with anything else. It has been oiled with Hoppes #9 and greased with Lubriplate 130-A. I used Renaissance Wax on the wood.

    A little about me. I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment and I work 2nd shift at the Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, IL. Yeah, I know it's not the real Springfield but it's a pretty good place to work. The employee discount ain't bad either!

    I tried to post a pic of my M1 but the pic was too big! Hopefully I'll get this figured out so I can start showing off my new baby!

    #2
    Welcome to the forum from NJ!
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and sign up.
    Your M1 sounds really interesting, and that 1942 barrel is indeed very interesting. What month in 1942 is it? They are getting harder to find in decent shape. I saw a nice one sell for $300.00 by itself not long ago.
    Very cool that you work at SAI. I bet you get to see a lot of neat things there.
    Please post up some pix of your M1 (and M1A) when you have a chance.
    Cheers, and welcome aboard.
    ---Brian
    Welcome to the Addiction!

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      #3
      Welcome from SoCal!
      m14brian

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        #4
        Still working on some decent pics. Got some numbers out of my rifle though.

        Barrel - SA-11-42
        Receiver - D 28291 34 also has Y 0 8 E
        Bolt Drawing # - D28287-12SA
        Bolt Heat Lot - 011A<>
        Op Rod - 6535382 SA
        Trigger Housing - D28290-12-SA
        Hammer - C (I think) 46008-2 SA
        Safety - SA-11

        Any info on my rifle would be appreciated. Thanks!

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          #5
          Here's some pics!

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            #6
            And some more!

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              #7
              More! This would be a lot easier if there wasn't a 5 pic limit.
              Last edited by Phos Boss; 02-03-2017, 03:17 AM.

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                #8
                The RRA on the stock, along with the square box with a non-serif "P" shows that the stock, at least, went through an arsenal rebuild at Red River Army Depot. The finish on the receiver looks to be like a finish that could have been applied at the depot, too. Hard to believe they would have put a 1942 barrel on it, though. Might be a parts rifle that someone assembled on their own from an assortment of parts available to them. Or, it might be that the barrel was in such good shape that the depot didn't feel the need to replace it. Either way, I like it!

                What are the TE and ME measurements on the barrel?
                Can we see some pix of the barrel's markings??
                Welcome to the Addiction!

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                  #9
                  Welcome from Montana,nice rifle too!

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                    #10
                    @ Prince Humperdink - Thanks!

                    @ Jersey Devil - Don't know what TE and ME measurements are. I'm new! Also what markings are there on the barrel? I know about the date marking but are there others you are looking for? Bear in mind that while I've been with SAI for two years, I've spent most of it in the phosphate room. All I know how to do is field strip.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Phos Boss View Post
                      Don't know what TE and ME measurements are.
                      Throat erosion/Muzzle erosion, measuerments taken with special guages to determine wear in those areas.
                      m14brian

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                        #12
                        Oh yeah! I know what those are, the TE and ME zoomed past my head. Been meaning to see if we got a gauge at work so I don't have to buy one. I would think that Repair has one.

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                          #13
                          I would imagine they do, at some point they have to determine a barrel is too worn out to be serviceable. You probably have some sort of access to lots of cool perks!
                          m14brian

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                            #14
                            I found some info on some of my parts.

                            Bolt D28287-12SA would have been used from Feb 1942 until Mar 1944
                            Trigger Housing D28290-12-SA would have been used from Nov 1942 until Sep 1944
                            Hammer C 46008-2 SA would have been used from Jul 1940 until Aug 1942

                            Source: "The M1 Garand Serial Numbers & Data Sheets" by Scott A. Duff

                            That Op Rod 6535382 SA though. I don't know what the hell that is. It is un-modified.

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                              #15
                              Please post photos of op rod. Drawing number listed is for post WWII op rod made in 1950s. All post war op rods are made with a radius where handle meets tube.

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