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Old 06-01-2018, 09:30 AM
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Which months in 1957 did production officially run?

Is there a serial breakdown of these months?

Did production run at all in 1956?

I got a service grade 5.894 m and I was wondering if this is 1957.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:47 AM
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From American Rifleman.....FWIW
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By mid-1956, plans were formulated for Springfield Armory to begin phasing out M1 manufacture. The barrel-production line was shut down in October 1956, and the final batch of receivers was finished in December. Some rifles continued to be assembled from parts on hand for the next few months.

The last “production” M1 rifle, serial number 6,084,405, was completed on May 17, 1957 and was accompanied by much fanfare—including an appearance by John C. Garand at the ceremony. Interestingly, M1 rifles with higher serial numbers have been noted. This apparent anomaly can be explained because, contrary to what many people may believe, most military arms, including M1 rifles, were not assembled in sequential serial-number order. Secondly, some of the National Match M1s continued to be assembled after service rifle production ceased, and may have used higher-numbered receivers. The highest M1 serial number reported in government documents is 6,090,905.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:49 AM
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Thank you. How does that late production style differ from earlier production? I thought the born on date was the receiver.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:06 AM
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I have 6092553. Even higher than the highest recorded.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:12 AM
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How about 6099867 which the CMP sent me with a 3-55 barrel.

No idea when it was made or if the barrel is original. It looks original, but...

My bet is it was built up with left over parts as they wound down production.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:22 AM
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My 6 mil is 6084337 which is 68 from the last official one on May 17, 1957. I'm figuring being that close mine was built on the same day or no earlier than the day before.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:05 AM
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So the last production was on May 17, '57?

That answers my first question.

But was my 5.894 rifle a 55, 56 or 57 build? Barrel is 6/55.
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:09 PM
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But was my 5.894 rifle a 55, 56 or 57 build? Barrel is 6/55.
Since there are is no definitive records of post war build dates, it seems most people go by barrel dates for a general time frame of the build.
Based on Duffs SN and data book, SA SN's from 5.79-5.95 all had 1955 barrels.
Going out on a limb, I would imagine that your build would likely be in 1955.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:32 PM
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I own NM M1 Rifle #6095050 that I bought new at the National Matches in 1958. I selected a high serial number as I heard they had started building NM rifles from used receivers.
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:12 PM
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