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Old 02-18-2019, 04:52 PM
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Many were CDI Swanson Vermont.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:42 PM
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Check again, CAI =Century Arms Inc. They have quite a history if you google the company. I believe they used St. Albans and Swansea VT. addresses.
I'd like to hear more about Danish made barrels for the 1917. Are you talking about VAR barrels that were for the Garand?
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:45 AM
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CDI was the noted importer, I have not heard of CAI. Mine was CDI (passed onto an Ardent Danish descendant who wanted one of that genre)

https://forums.gunboards.com/showthr...rmont-Emporter

I don't know a lot about the Danish 1917 barrels, but they did make them for a 1917. If you can make a barrel at all, then the machining for a 1917 type thread would not be a problem. VAR I believe would be the Danish entity (maybe their equivalent of a US Armory?)

As the 1917 became somewhat institutionalized with the Danes, it would make sense.


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Danish manufactured barrels include barrels marked VAR, HTK, HMAK and FKF. These barrels are marked similarly to USGI barrels, but contain obvious post-war dates. They also have crown markings

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Old 02-19-2019, 04:40 PM
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OK, that's cool to know. Mine is definitely CAI, so we have at least two importers. "Dealers in Vermont" is the only reference in Nicks book.
I also remember watching video of the Sirius patrol in Greenland years ago by the Danes using retained "17's on remote ski patrols.
They made good use of the rifles, and made tools and improvements, so it follows they would re-barrel them too.
I'll google the above quoted manufacturers after supper, and see if there are tidbits on the web mentioning 1917's
"Down the rabbit hole" as Rick would say!

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Old 02-19-2019, 07:57 PM
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Found a reference to a re barrel in modern age and good account of the Sirius patrol here. https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/...ury-greenland/
This is new since my last search, there are others.
Getting down the hole for the OP's original question I know, but good clean fun.
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:21 PM
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That's definitely a Canadian stamp on the side of the buttstock.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:56 AM
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This could have been brought back by the army and sold CMP just like the Danish Garands. When the Greek rifles came back they were 1993A3 and Garands . Hence no import marks.
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:16 PM
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Ferris notes something like 5,000 19017s brought into the US and I gather Vermont was the are (did not know about CDI)

The status is a bit murky as Canada gave them the rifles and you get into the lend lease thing.

I have a couple of Swiss 7.5 rifles that do not have import marks. Some just get missed (or some entities slid it by). Couple other ones I have do have the marks so.....

The Danes made barrels for the M1 as well. Those armed the main army, the 1917s were for the guard (and the Sled Patrol, those guys are amazing)
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:05 AM
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Wow, it looks like these rifles had a rich and varied history after Army Ordinance rejected them as the standard issue rifle in favor of the M1903 (after the war). Thank you everyone for the valuable information on this piece of history!
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:52 AM
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That is one way to put it!

WWII: 300,000 some odd went to the Philippines (none came home) another 150,000 to China .

Free French Forces were equipped with them (50K?+) (if anyone thinks the French can't fight look at their combat record under LeClerc in WWII via Normandy and the separate and equally fine fighting force in the Southern Invasion of France)

SeBees were equipped with them, large number to GB for home guard equipping.

Shoulder arms were in such demand they made new barrel for them to replace the ones that corroded up in storage. Many rear line troops were issued these guns.

In reality it was vastly more combat used than the 1903 from end to end.
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