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Old 01-17-2019, 09:39 AM
7,62x51mm 7,62x51mm is offline
 
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Default early Winchester rifles

There were a lot of different variations of parts that Winchester used in the early rifles, especially in the Educational Order and right after during 1941.
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:52 AM
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Default They are fun.

The earlier serial numbers are such a good time and there are a small dedicated group of 'aficionados' that are committed (or should be) and enjoy sharing what they have learned.

From what I have seen on early WRA (and SA) the survival rate of these earliest serial numbered receivers is about 10% or so, and new ones do show up from time to time so just try to be ready. Some guys get all caught up in the Educational Order numbers but the real beginning of what can be studied are the double keystone rifles which end somewhere at about 5000 made - at least a few of them are available and able to be examined and (as of last year) there are 4 original or at least substantially original ones out there and in the books. I always like to tell people that it is all still out there, and just last summer another one of these uber rare early WRA's turned up - a new double keystone spring'd Winchester walked into a pawn shop in Florida and was sold on the internet (!!!) - that makes 5 of them now! As exciting as that might be, then late last year one of the other 4 documented examples sold at auction out at Rock Island. I was prepared for neither of them (darn), but very happy that I know who acquired them - just the excitement of someone getting something so cool can be almost as contagious as acquiring it yourself - I consider them part of my 'extended' collection .

Ultimately, most folks will have to satisfy themselves with restoration projects, just be aware that on these earliest WRA's, as with gastraps, virtually every part is a little bit special, rare and difficult, but the search is really fun regardless. Here is 100,075 as a restoration so far (though I still exchange the odd part if I manage to find something that looks better);


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Old 01-18-2019, 09:31 AM
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At one time owned 133033. It was a letterkenny rebuild with a SA June 1943 barrel on it. Ledger said receiver was stamped on November 10th 1941. Probably delivered within the first 2 weeks of Dec 1941. November 19th is the USMC birthday also.

Always regretted parting with that rifle.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:33 AM
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I just bought this one two days ago. Rick B

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Old 01-18-2019, 12:50 PM
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This is my lowest Winchester.

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Old 01-18-2019, 01:20 PM
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Default Good stock for Rick B's new Winchester

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Old 01-18-2019, 02:51 PM
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I have actually waited 20 years for a receiver like 113383 to fit in the Barn wood piece I bought way back. Rick B


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Old 01-18-2019, 05:15 PM
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:28 AM
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Good to see Bodyman and Rick B. weighing in on this thread. It reminds me of the now long-gone glory days of the Jouster Garand forum.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:35 AM
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I'm admittedly new to garands, I have never seen a punch mark like that on a reciever heel. ( it's a punch mark right?) It seems like Winchester really liked to punch mark things. Was that something they did to test it or just mark it? Don't mean to hijack the thread, just curious.

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