Date/history of my M1?


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Eightball
October 6, 2006, 09:03 PM
I'm just kinda curious about the date of manufacture of my Garand and/or if anyone would possibly have an idea of the "history" for rifles of similar S/N. THe number on it is 748550. Yes, that is pre-1,000,000.

Anyone?

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mustanger98
October 6, 2006, 09:39 PM
I looked it up just now on the Fulton Armory website as they have tables of serial#'s/dates.

THe number on it is 748550. Yes, that is pre-1,000,000.

U.S. Springfield Armory-

1942 June 691,401 July 749,779

Winchester-

1942 May 165,500 & 1,200,001 to 1,203,692

Remander
October 7, 2006, 12:52 AM
Here is the jouster site with serial no. info for Springfield Garands: http://www.jouster.com/serial/Springfield.html

Eightball
October 7, 2006, 04:40 AM
Awesome info, guys. So, mine, being a SA reciever, was born in July 1942. Sweet. Any chance it might've seen some action, or is that literally just "anyone's best guess"? Like, did they give S/N range XXXXX through XXXXY to such-and-such unit, or was it pell-knell?

Eightball
October 7, 2006, 04:58 PM
bump.

mustanger98
October 7, 2006, 09:34 PM
As I understand it, there's no way to know where a particular M1 rifle was issued and/or used. I have a Garand that was sold to me through CMP... it was listed as SA SG Danish Issue. Serial# in the 2.3million range so it was December of 1943. I've speculated that it may have been there at Omaha Beach. I know from hearing from some of my online buddies that there were rifles in this serial# range at the Bulge, but whether mine was there, nobody knows. I expect it's the same story with yours... other's in that serial# range might have been in a certain engagement, but whether your's was, who knows.

Swampy
October 8, 2006, 08:54 AM
Any chance it might've seen some action, or is that literally just "anyone's best guess"? Like, did they give S/N range XXXXX through XXXXY to such-and-such unit, or was it pell-knell?


Anybody's Guess is correct.... No way to know. Records of specific serial number travels were never kept by the US Military.

That's the Holy Grail of all US Rifle collectors... having provenence of what THIS rifle did and where it was.

Best regards,
Swampy

Garands forever

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