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Garand comparison questions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by realmswalker, Dec 20, 2007.

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  1. realmswalker

    realmswalker Member

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    Hello everyone I just picked up another garand and noticed a few differences from my old one which I thought was a mil surp but now i don't know for sure so i took some pics for some comparison.

    the serial number of the one that is pictured first in each comparison starts in the high 3 millions, and the serial number of the second one in each comparison starts in the low 4 millions. both receivers are springfield.

    the first two pics are from the top of the receiver. the first one being the one i already had and the second being the one i just got.

    the second two are pics of thebarrel markings

    this will continue in next post
     

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  2. realmswalker

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    this third set of pictures is of the gas ports.

    this last set of pics of of the import markings on the stock if any.

    so are these differences normal or does the serial range have anything to do with this?

    also people talk about haveing a matching gun. what do I need to check to see if i have a gun with matching serial numbers?

    any and all input is greatly appreciated.
     

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  3. USSR

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    Garands only have one serial #, which is located on the heel of the receiver. All other numbers are drawing numbers. Certain drawing numbers are proper according to the serial #. There are books available that will list what drawing numbers were used within certain serial # ranges. This is what is meant by "a matching gun".

    Don
     
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    They are both milsurps. Garands are usually mixmasters and as a previous poster said, only the receiver is serialized. Other parts have drawing numbers and you can match those to a specific time frame and from that derive a "matching" Garand.
     
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    As others have already said, only the receiver has a serial number. The other numbers are part numbers, drawing numbers. Very few Garands have their original parts. Over the years the military repaired and rebuilt the M1s.

    The one bolt pictured is an International Harvester (IHC) bolt. Both barrels have been replaced, note the years (19)65 and (19)58. The receivers are WWII age. The first gas plug is the solid early version. The second gas plug with the X slots is the the later one with a spring in it for grenade launching.

    Nothing wrong with that. These are supposed to be shooters, not museum pieces.
     
  7. realmswalker

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    Thank you for all your help.
     
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    The two bolts are replacements with one on the right International
    Harvester and the left Springfield. The barrels, I can't make out but
    the serial number behind your rear sight on the reciever should be able
    to run down the date of manufacture. The number on the barrel you show
    is close to receiver date, it may be orginial if the same brand.
     
  10. Swampy

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    Realmswalker,

    The info stamped on the receivers heel is the starting point for this discussion...... Photos would help.

    Swampy

    Garands forever
     
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