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Old 12-11-2011, 18:36   #1
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New to m1 garands

Hey fellow m1 enthusiasts. I am new to owning a m1 garand and was looking for some help please. I have pictures of the serial numbers because I have no clue were to start. The gun was given to me by my father thru my parents devorce and it looks in good shape. Snapbucket pictures by ace424 - Photobucket


Sorry having trouble with mobile photo bucket and uploading pics thank you guys
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There is only one SN on a Garand, and it's on the heal of the receiver (visible in your 2nd & 3rd photo's) the rest are the drawing numbers the part was made to.

FYI, it's primarily the European countries that placed the matching SN on all the components (the Germans in particular)
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Originally Posted by Tailgunner View Post
There is only one SN on a Garand, and it's on the heal of the receiver (visible in your 2nd & 3rd photo's) the rest are the drawing numbers the part was made to.

FYI, it's primarily the European countries that placed the matching SN on all the components (the Germans in particular)
Thank you for the reply and I was having trouble figuring out what the serial numbers mean?
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You've got a dandy rifle there. The serial number dates from fall of 1943 (I'm going from memory here), probably October. It's been rebarreled with a September of 1953 Springfield Armory barrel. The trigger housing is of World War II Winchester manufacture.

The parts numbers on the various parts have revision suffixes on them that can tell a tale. If I had more time I could look them up

If the rifle could talk it might have a tale to tell. It very likely served in some capacity in World War II and could have served in Korea, being rebuilt both in between the two conflicts and afterward. It could have also seen a lot of stateside training duties. It could have been a part of a foreign aid package to any of a host of nations.

Sure would like to see a couple of photos of the complete rifle.
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Hey thanks man that's wonderful tO know I'll get a good couple pix of it later tonight web I get home. Thank you a lot for the help I really appreciate it.
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Just uploaded new pix checkout my pb
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I'll try to get back to you when I can open a book to review your parts numbers.

Your rifle has the earlier style forged steel trigger guard rather than the later stamped steel trigger guard. I like the look of the earlier style just a bit better. Looks more WWII-ish.

It has what amounts to post-war rear sight adjustment knobs. The standard WWII sight was a locking bar arrangement. Wish my M1 had that style sight but it has the later style as well. I think the improved sight knob was developed during the war but didn't really show up on rifles until after the conflict was over.
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Thank you guys a lot I appreciate the help I'm going to bring it to a guy he wants to see it real bad he said it might be a killer find
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