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Old 12-01-2021, 05:48 PM
adanac adanac is online now
 
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Default IHC Purchase - What did I Get? I Dunno...

Picked this up today. It appears to be quite the mixmaster - lots of SA parts and an unmarked stock. I think the barrel is probably original. Does this serial number place it in the group of 800-900 rifles? This is from an American Rifleman article on the IHC's:

SA/IHC “Postage Stamp” 4,441,000–4,445,600...800–900 [meaning the number produced]




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Old 12-01-2021, 05:52 PM
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Default Heat Lot Code 000

It is a beaut. The rifle is a standard IHC postage stamp rifle, as evidenced by the logo, but the heat lot code is 000, which indicates this receiver was one of the first machined at IHC. I have only seen two other 4.44M rifles with this 000 heat lot code, so OUTSTANDING catch.
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Old 12-01-2021, 06:14 PM
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It is a beaut. The rifle is a standard IHC postage stamp rifle, as evidenced by the logo, but the heat lot code is 000, which indicates this receiver was one of the first machined at IHC. I have only seen two other 4.44M rifles with this 000 heat lot code, so OUTSTANDING catch.
Thank you. The American Rifleman article I was using as a reference places this in a serial number range of 800-900 SA/IHC postage stamp receivers, but now looking at the article again, I see their math is wrong. This is from the article:

SA/IHC “Postage Stamp” 4,441,000–4,445,600...800–900

Thats 4000 rifles, not 900. Still, my serial number suggests SA manufacture, which the receiver obviously discounts. If I'm not making sense it's because I'm new to this.
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Old 12-01-2021, 09:02 PM
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Nice rifle!
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Old 12-01-2021, 09:08 PM
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Nice rifle!
Is it? I don't know. It's got so many wrong parts on it and an unmarked stock. Although it does appear to have the original barrel, which I always think is good.
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Old 12-01-2021, 09:18 PM
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Very nice rifle.
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Old 12-01-2021, 10:35 PM
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Is it? I don't know. It's got so many wrong parts on it and an unmarked stock. Although it does appear to have the original barrel, which I always think is good.
Having the correct barrel on a very early IHC is a pretty good find. You can choose to "correct it' or leave it as is, but very nice is a pretty good description.
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Old 12-02-2021, 09:18 AM
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I think its really cool that the LMR barrel has the crossed cannon cartouche I do not recall ever seeing that on a LMR barrel.
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Old 12-02-2021, 12:10 PM
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I think its really cool that the LMR barrel has the crossed cannon cartouche I do not recall ever seeing that on a LMR barrel.
The LMR barrel on my IHC doesn't have the crossed cannons, but having that on there looks pretty cool!
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Old 12-02-2021, 12:39 PM
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2 of my IHC's have the cross cannons on the LMR Barrel. One is a Postage Stamp Correct Grade from the CMP auction S/N 4511926, and the other is an arrowhead.
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