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Old 04-10-2019, 07:36 AM
Holmes529 Holmes529 is offline
 
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Default Differences in an "Early" and "Late" op rod catch?

I'm currently trying to "correct" my May '42 Springfield Garand just for the fun of it and according to Duff's book I need an "early" op rod catch. I've tried looking up the differences between an "early" and "late" op rod catch and my searches have come up empty. Could someone explain the difference between the two? Preferably with pictures of each?
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:06 AM
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Late type on the left and early type on the right:
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:09 AM
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Late type on the left and early type on the right:
Thanks! Do you happen to know to approximately what serial number both were used?
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:17 AM
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WWII rifles are not my area, but I think SA began phasing out the older catches at around 200K or a little later. One of our many WWII M1 collectors would know for certain.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:45 PM
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Springfield started using the late op rod catch in the 40k serial number range. These op rod catches were in the white (no finish) through , at least, very early 1942 . There was mixed use with earlier op rod catches also. Winchester used the early style op rod catch for most of their production.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:33 PM
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Didn't they use late style catch with early style accelerator ?
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:34 PM
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The op rod catch in my original (except for buttstock) 53K Springfield is a in the white late style with the early style accelerator.



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Didn't they use late style catch with early style accelerator ?
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:50 PM
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Mike means the accelerator without the "lip" . The lip start to appear around mid 1942 on SA rifles
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