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Old 11-16-2019, 09:29 PM
SDCoff SDCoff is offline
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How about the same month probability wise? My January 44 SN has a 1 44 barrel.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:17 AM
Ronwall Ronwall is offline
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My late June 44 S/N (2.96) has a July 44 barrel. I consider it to be original.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:30 PM
7,62x51mm 7,62x51mm is offline
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Default barrel dates

I have an old friend who worked at Klein's Sporting Goods in Chicago, he worked part time while in high school at the warehouse. Around 1960 he bought a Springfield M1 rifle from Klein's serial number 544121. Later he became the Senior Staff Editor at Gun Digest. In 1989 he started selling off some of his collection and I told him I would make a data sheet on his rifle.

Everything was correct, flush nut sight, SA GHS stock and everything you would expect for a early 1942 rifle - except the barrel was dated S-A 10-41, also had British proofs on the barrel between the gas cylinder rings and the gas port area was chrome plated. No indication of being re-barreled. I had the owner write a letter concerning the rifle and purchase.

Later a advanced collector informed me that he found an original rifle in the 500K serial range and with a S-A 9-41 barrel with chromed gas port area.

We both feel that these 1941 barrels were re-worked, had the chrome plated area around the gas port and then used on new production rifles
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:21 PM
bill2 bill2 is offline
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Default Barrels

Thank You Robert. All info is appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:19 PM
Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder is offline
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Originally Posted by bill2 View Post
Could a original dated 10/43 receiver have had a 11/43 dated barrel?
Yes, positively, absolutely!

You guys have to learn how to think 'out of the box.' Hopefully this link will help to understand mass production on a grand scale at SA:


Barrels showing the proper proofs or lack of on the side, or the lack of, is helpful when a photo is included. It's not all black & white.


I think you're correct too. We have evidence that SA chromed WW2 barrels that were undersized at the gas port rather than scrapping them. Of course they would wait until they had a large enough quantity to make the salvage affordable.

Last edited by Rolling Thunder; 11-18-2019 at 09:33 PM.
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