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Old 11-10-2019, 05:57 PM
kecklc0203 kecklc0203 is online now
 
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Default IHC British proofs

I picked this up today at the Wanamaker. I saw it Friday evening, and it was still there today. Its very rough, but I finally got it for what I wanted after a coin toss with the dealer. Fortunately I sold a few things and could afford another Garand. He had other Garands Friday and sold them, this was left.

Id appreciate some input on this one, and I can get more photos if needed. The receiver is outside of the SA/IHC from what I could tell? It falls in line with other Brit proof SNs in Duffs book.

IHC, everything I can see thats marked is IHC. If there is something more I need to identify, Id like to. This one seems very correct To me.

British proofs on the left side of the barrel and some very faint proofs on the left receiver side. Import marked on the right side of the barrel, I think its Fed Ord Inc, maybe Santa Monica CA?

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Old 11-10-2019, 07:51 PM
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This rifle appears to be mostly all IHC from what I am able to see, receiver is an IHC produced one. Looks like the correct barrel. Yes is a Federal Ordinance import apparently thru the UK. From my understanding all the firearms that go thru the UK have to be proofed. No idea where it would have come from to the UK, somewhere high humidity it appears. It looks like the receiver heel and some other parts have had the wire brush treatment? At least it looks to be scratches in the pictures. The bolt looks to me anyway to have been added as it is not in the same shape as the receiver and other parts. Others can add more no doubt.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:50 PM
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Maybe one the the Shah's rifles used in the salt marsh on the Persian gulf in the Iraq-Iran war...... It certainly is pitted enough to be.
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:51 PM
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The trigger housing stamp made me dizzy
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:56 AM
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I believe that its FED ORD SO El MONTE CA Federal Ordnance was the importer ...had an IHC so marked
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:38 AM
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I have a IHC 4.51 with a Brit proof stamp on the barrel and a BNP stamp on the receiver but no importer stamp. I've always thought that to be odd.
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:40 AM
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Looks like an awesome rifle to me! I love those rifles that have a lot of character and Id be proud to have it in my collection
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:47 AM
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Thanks Ronwall, and d.swider777, I think so too. I bought it because it appeared very original, it needed a home, and it will fit well with my other Garands. The import is light on this one, was very hard to make out.
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:51 PM
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I like the character. Had a story to tell. How’s the bore?
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:31 PM
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Muzzle is over a 3, my gauge fell in. There is rifling left, but I haven’t cleaned it up enough to tell.

I’m going to tear it down and remove rust, then oil and reassemble, and stick it in my safe.
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