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Old 03-31-2014, 04:59 PM
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Sometime in 1957...
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:21 PM
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Sometime in 1957...
Thanks, I'm trying to find out when the last 4,000 or so were actually milled. Did production end in August?
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:36 PM
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Thanks, I'm trying to find out when the last 4,000 or so were actually milled. Did production end in August?
SA receiver production ended in the first quarter of 1956.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:53 PM
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Thanks, I'm trying to find out when the last 4,000 or so were actually milled. Did production end in August?
I don't think anyone knows exactly when the last 4,000 post war receivers were milled by serial number ranges...its not in the SA archives to my knowledge. However, we do know this fact , the last barrel date for SA barrels was 8-56, afterwhich barrel production stopped at SA. (Until some NM barrels were made in very late 1962 and early 1963).

Apparently enough receviers had been made by early 1956 and enough barrels had been made by August 1956 to allow the slow production of new M1s to continue into May 1957, but the production sequence of serial numbers in the 6.08M and 6.09M range is not clear. The highest serial numbered M1 rifle, s/n 6,100,499, has an 8-56 barrel if I recall correctly.

Anyhow, it is accepted that the final rifles produced were not made in strict numerical sequence either. For example, what is generally accepted is that the final M1s produced, approx 1900 or 2000 or so, were all National Match M1s with an "X" prefix, (ie, X6,000,00x to X6,001,9xx), and that these might have been assembled I think in the 1958-1959 period. One theory is these "X" receivers had been made in the aprox late 1955/early 1956 period, but were set-aside for some contingency, and later snatched up and used to build NM rifles a few years later, at which point the X was added by hand etching to an already hardened recevier.

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Old 04-01-2014, 01:06 PM
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I don't think anyone knows exactly when the last 4,000 post war receivers were milled by serial number ranges...its not in the SA archives to my knowledge. However, we do know this fact , the last barrel date for SA barrels was 8-56, afterwhich barrel production stopped at SA. (Until some NM barrels were made in very late 1962 and early 1963).

Apparently enough receviers had been made by early 1956 and enough barrels had been made by August 1956 to allow the slow production of new M1s to continue into May 1957, but the production sequence of serial numbers in the 6.08M and 6.09M range is not clear. The highest serial numbered M1 rifle, s/n 6,100,499, has an 8-56 barrel if I recall correctly.

Anyhow, it is accepted that the final rifles produced were not made in strict numerical sequence either. For example, what is generally accepted is that the final M1s produced, approx 1900 or 2000 or so, were all National Match M1s with an "X" prefix, (ie, X6,000,00x to X6,001,9xx), and that these might have been assembled I think in the 1958-1959 period. One theory is these "X" receivers had been made in the aprox late 1955/early 1956 period, but were set-aside for some contingency, and later snatched up and used to build NM rifles a few years later, at which point the X was added by hand etching to an already hardened recevier.
Thank you, great, great information! I really appreciate everyone's knowledge on this forum!
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