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Old 09-15-2019, 04:53 PM
jplatter jplatter is online now
 
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Default HRA Garand - Early Barrel Date??

Hello all,
So I'm looking at the charts and most of the low-digit M1's, made by HRA, had barrels stamped 4-53.
Mine has an HRA barrel dated 8-52. Is this right? Were they producing barrels before they were contracted by the government?
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:56 PM
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Yes, they were making replacement barrels as early as 1951.
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:25 PM
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HRA had a government contract to produce replacement barrels before they were contracted to produce rifles. 52 dated barrels are here and there but 51 dated barrels just don't show up very often. I have the below 7/51 HRA barrel on a SA-52.

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Old 09-15-2019, 05:42 PM
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Thanks guys.
One more reason I want to buy a "Daily shooter" and not grind down my original barrel.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:46 PM
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I sold a nice 5-51 this year.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:49 PM
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I have documented a number of early 4.66 HRAs with 51 and 52 dated barrels.

Rob
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:58 PM
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I am the current caretaker of a relatively early HRA but she has a 5/‘53 barrel. Neat rifle. One of the few I am holding onto for a bit. Neat date on that rifle you have. Thanks for showing it to us.

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Old 09-15-2019, 08:39 PM
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I have documented a number of early 4.66 HRAs with 51 and 52 dated barrels.

Rob
I know anything is possible with these rifles but if HRA had replacement barrels left over from their contract it would make no sense not to use them.

Does the 51 & 52 barrels that you have documented on 4.66 HRA's have the proper punch and inspection stamps that a HRA produced rifle should have on it's barrel?
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:52 AM
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I know anything is possible with these rifles but if HRA had replacement barrels left over from their contract it would make no sense not to use them.

Does the 51 & 52 barrels that you have documented on 4.66 HRA's have the proper punch and inspection stamps that a HRA produced rifle should have on it's barrel?
Ron,
I went back and looked at the 4.6 Collector Grade & Correct Grade rifles I have saved images of and find that the P is punched.
I also see that the barrels with early 50's (mostly 4-53, but also a few with 9-52 & 12-52) are the type where the drawing number and heat lot are also shown in the op-rod window (at least on the ones I have been able to save info on).

hope that helps,
Rob
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:39 AM
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My Winchester has one with a date of 1-52.
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