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Old 12-14-2019, 01:05 PM
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Plenty of ihc
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:48 PM
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Guys,
I made the trip down to the store today to support a friend who recently had his hip replaced and thought he might be ready to make the trip down. He had one more rifle on his purchase limit where I had none. He is a bit more disciplined than I am
There was an AMC class today so they made it into the store around 10 minutes before I did so I missed seeing the O-66 WRA and some other nice rifles purchased right away. If the guy that purchased the WRA O-66 Marine Corps Rebuild see this I would sure like to hear from him so I can get a few details.
There was a laaaaarge crowd this morning, and more coming in all morning long. No way I could get a head-count but I bet at one point there was elbow room only and at least 30 people in the store. The CMP made quite a few sales today for sure.
I talked to Bobby, the lead armorer and he gave me the opening rifle count so I will share it here:

SA/HRA Service Grades 23 (many original WWII Barrel and finishes among the SA) I did not see any HRA SG but might have missed one.
SA/HRA Field Grades 9 (also many WWII BR with original finish)
IHC Service Grades 4 (many with original barrels) no IHC stocks that I saw
IHC Field Grade 0 at opening but 2 added later in the morning
WRA Service Grades * with 2 added later. Quite a few with WRA barrels (what a day to go with no ability to buy)
No WRA Field Grades
Normal assortment of Specials
2 SA WWII Correct Grades. OK, there was one that was OUTSTANDING! It was an SA 1.0 mil Correct and even had the cap over the sight screw! An absolutely beautiful SA EMcF stockset. What a rifle! It left with a fellow forum member from Indiana that drove down to find something that was special. Mission accomplished!
There was also a good selection of 1903 and 1917 rifles. Really nice offerings.
The only thing I could purchase, if I was so inclined, was a 1917, but I did not see the Winchester that would have made me pull the trigger to get an example.

I had a great time looking at IHCs and gathering serial numbers.

My buddy with the new hip found an SA Service Grade from 1941 with an original barrel and finish that met his needs. A really nice rifle for sure, but I am glad I am not the guy that has to find the parts to put it back to original state.

I saw several nice post war carts, but only one WWII and it was a really nice GAW in the hands of a store customer. It will be hard to improve on and i am sure the buyer is happy with it.

Not up to Tom's standards but his shoes are too large for me anyway

Rob

Oh, there was at least two restockings while I was there. Did I mention that things were real busy?

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Old 12-14-2019, 06:57 PM
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Thanks for the report Rob! I sure have missed Toms reports and unfortunately bagged my limit too early as well. I hope the new year brings some offerings like today.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:17 PM
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Must have stood right next to you Rob and didn’t even know it. Was on a mission to get a 1903, specifically a WWII Remington. They flew off the shelves so fast I had to “settle” for a 1918 SA mkI that someone returned to the rack. Dark bore that I hope cleans up. Probably my one and only SS visit.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:30 PM
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Must have stood right next to you Rob and didn’t even know it. Was on a mission to get a 1903, specifically a WWII Remington. They flew off the shelves so fast Ibadan to “settle “ for a 1918 SA mkI that someone returned to the rack. Dark bore that I hope cleans up. Probably my one and only SS visit.
It was a very crowded space for quite a while, so no wonder we did not meet. I was the big bearded guy in green with the Navy hat. My voice tends to carry over the crowd which makes it hard for me to stay inconspicuous.
Hope you make it back to the store again, but I recommend on a calmer day
Glad you found a Mark 1. That is my choice as well

Rob
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:29 PM
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Hi Rob. Great talking with you today and thanks for the lesson on IHC and WRA parts identification.
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Old 12-15-2019, 10:20 AM
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Is the policy still one 1903 and 1903a3 each that it was about a month ago or is it one overall per year?
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Old 12-15-2019, 11:32 AM
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I hear the CMP put an IHC 4.6 Gap out after I left, so I did not get to see it. From the physical description it sounded like it might be a Field Grade without much else being IHC.
Since I could not buy it anyway, I am glad they saved me the stress of seeing it AND not being able to get it.

Rob
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Old 12-15-2019, 11:33 AM
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I don't think anything to the contrary has been reported. A call to the store or an email to CS would be the best way to verify.
I e-mailed Mark Johnson on 11-20 with this same question and never got a reply. Makes me miss the days of Orest!
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:38 PM
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Is the policy still one 1903 and 1903a3 each that it was about a month ago or is it one overall per year?
I asked at Talladega a couple weeks ago and was told it is indeed 1a year for 1903 and 1917
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