First m1

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Pauljbk
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First m1

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Just got our first M1 today from the CMP, it's a Springfield and the serial number says it's from 1945, the gun is in great shape. Looking at the stampings on the stock we can't find it anywhere online, it's stamped S. A. R and for that year it looks like it should be SANFR. has anyone seen this before? I'm trying to attach a picture and hope it attaches. Thanks
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I have seen the mark SA RA but, not SA R . Here is some info. Some Danish mark?????
M1 Garand stock with handguards, butt plate with trapdoor, front sling swivel, stationary rear sling ring; in overall very good to fine condition, Danish return, possibly a sniper stock for M1C or D; 2 circle “P” proofs, S.A./R insquare cartouche on left side of butt stock, #3023534 stamped on bottom of butt stock behind semi-pistol grip that has a circular dime size shallow relief in its middle with pinpoint hole at its middle. Est.: $400-$600.
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source: https://www.icollector.com/M1-Garand-st ... _i21091621

In Canfield's The M1 Garand Rifle 2013, he talks about late 1950s 60s rebuilds see table 10 page 850. "...SA sometimes enclosed or partially enclosed in a square with one or two initials below, presumably the initials of the inspector supervising the rebuild ..." He shows a S.A. with a P. below the SA cartouche. So maybe Danish or very late post WW II rebuild. Any electro pencil markings sa with a date? Check out the post war rebuild chapter pp. 586-596.

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Indicators that it could have been a Danish return:

-Stock with the serial number stamped on underside of the butt stock. (see lower two photos shown above)
-Dime size round indentation on underside of the stock wrist for unit medallion.
-Sticker with rifle serial number and site data (windage and elevation) inside of the barrel channel.
-VAR barrel
-PB and BMB marked parts
SOURCE http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=229313
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Re: First m1

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Thanks for the information, never would of thought that could of been it, I'm gonna look into it more. Thanks again

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