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Rust on M1 Garand?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by DrewH, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. DrewH

    DrewH Well-Known Member

    I received a beautiful new correct grade Springfield Armory M1 Garand from CMP last months. It was coated with gobs of grease, which I finally cleaned off last week. It has a very nice parkerised coating

    After cleaning I noticed if you played a really bright light, such as from a Surefire flashlight, on the metal you see faint reddish orange marks here and there on the receiever and barrel. Very faint, nothing to feel to touch, and pretty much invisible in plain house lighting. And impossible to take a picture of.

    Is this rust? Cosmoline that has stuck? Reddish colored metal (I have seen reddish colored steel parts before) Some parkerizing artifact? I have seen reddish finishes on P7 pistols, come to think of it

    If it is rust can I do anything non-injurious to remove it? Don't really want damage the park job, and I am not that concerned even if it is rust.
  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Got a pic?
  3. DrewH

    DrewH Well-Known Member

    Not sure it will show up, and will have to figure how to post pictures on this site, but I will see what I can do tonight
  4. battlecry

    battlecry Well-Known Member

    Can you shoot it with non-chlorinated brake cleaner and see if it goes away?

    Maybe is cosmo/wood residue.
  5. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    The color varience is called patina.
    All finished metal mellows and discolors a bit with age.
    The patina shows the finish is old and not a modern refinish.
  6. Swampy

    Swampy Well-Known Member


    If you can't see it in normal light, and it won't show up in photos, and it takes a SureFire light to make if visible.... whatinthehell are you kvetching about???

    You have a Correct grade M1. "Correct" means it has the correct parts. "Correct" does not mean that it is in 100% perfect cosmetic condition, regardless of what others may have received.

    Clean it, shoot it, enjoy it..... and forget about the spots.

    Just my 2 bits,

    Garands forever
  7. 10X

    10X Well-Known Member

    If it is cosmo, nothing to worry about.
    If it is a light rust, just keep some Hoppes oil on it.
    Nothing to worry about.
    Shoot it and enjoy it.
  8. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    DrewH, try a Q-Tip soaked in DA on those speckles. If it is cosmo staining, it will come off.

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