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Old 08-12-2022, 07:56 PM
Chopper10 Chopper10 is offline
 
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Default Chromed gas port?

Guys I just purchased a 1942 garand and I was wondering if the gas port looks chromed? The barrel has light pitting throughout the bore and some on the oprod so I was thinking it could be just bare steel. Thanks in advance for any of your opinions.

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Old 08-12-2022, 08:52 PM
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Looks like not chrome to me. What is the barrel date?
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Old 08-12-2022, 08:56 PM
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Thank you for your response. It’s a 8-42
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Old 08-12-2022, 10:43 PM
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Might just be bare steel protected by oil and lack of exposure to elements by gas cylinder. I had a few worn out barrels sitting around, that after being removed a period of time started to get flash rust in that area. Originally though they were chromed too.
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Old 08-13-2022, 06:33 AM
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NOT chrome.
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Old 08-13-2022, 08:56 AM
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Thanks guys, at first glance it appeared that the pitting had been covered by chrome at some point but that was with a bright fluorescent light directly above it. I’m thinking that perhaps the pitting was cleaned with steel wool and then protected by oil which gives it a bright appearance under light.
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Old 08-13-2022, 06:56 PM
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Default early 1942 SA rifles with chromed gas ports

I know of two early SA 1942 rifles with early 1941 dated barrels that have chrome plated gas ports. Some late SA 1941 barrels were undersized in diameter at the gas port area and set aside for repair to salvage them. These barrels were chrome plated at the gas port area and installed on receivers in 1942.

I found the first one by accident as I asked my friend for his SA 1942 rifle so I could make a data sheet, he had worked for Klein's Sporting Goods at the warehouse in Chicago while going to school, he bought the rifle from Klein's store in 1961. While working on the data sheet, his serial number was 544121 and noticed the barrel was dated S-A 10-41 D35448-7 REP 33 and had the chromed gas port. Rifle was almost new as he had not fired it much and with a mint bore. British BNP proofs were on the barrel between the gas cylinder rings.

Data for the second rifle came from Ed Byrns serial number 501023 with London proofs. Barrel is dated S-A 9-41
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