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Old 04-15-2016, 10:41 PM
s11033 s11033 is offline
 
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Hey guys,

So far I've only been into higher end collecting. My dad and I have a great collection in Montana that includes a beautiful, untouched 1943 M1 Garand that was carried and brought back by a veteran of the 101st. More on that rifle next time I go home and take pictures...

However I've moved to MA and am really missing my M1, so I'd like to buy a cheaper WWII Garand that I can enjoy here.

I was offered a 2/42 WRA rifle with a 5/44 SA barrel with good, strong rifling. The small parts are mixed- WRA bolt, trigger guard and hammer, SA op rod. It has a lock bar rear sight and GI stock. I'm not sure if the stock has any markings other than the Circle P

I'm not sure yet of the op rod's drawing/heat treat lot no.

It was offered to me for just over $700, which sounded like a deal, but I wanted to post an ask if that price isn't as good of a deal as I thought. Like I said, I'm more familiar with higher end pieces.

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Thanks in advance for the input!

Steve
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:53 PM
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For me, $658.00 tops.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:57 PM
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Thanks for your reply!

What's your reasoning?

Best,

Steve
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:07 PM
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That's what I paid for my last M1 'mixer' with a WRA receiver and similar general description. Best part was the solid, very clean 'NFR' stock on it.
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:10 PM
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How long ago did you get it? Did it have a lock bar sight?

Are mixers generally pieced together by people or did SA replacement barrels get mounted at field armories / depots?

Thanks again,

Steve
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:15 PM
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A lot has to do with the condition of the barrel and other parts, but assuming it is in at least a field grade condition, $700 for a Winchester M1 is a steal. In fact buying it off Armslist, I would be careful it isn't a scam.
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:32 PM
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How long ago did you get it? Did it have a lock bar sight?
About 3 years ago. Not sure if prices have gone up or down since. Late T-105 type sights came on it. I would figure $35 for reproduction lock-bar sights or $350 for original WRA lock-bars.
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Are mixers generally pieced together by people or did SA replacement barrels get mounted at field armories / depots?
Both, it's a 'mixer' because it is no longer an original Winchester M1. Might be a nice rebuilt WRA receiver from SA, any U.S.A. Depot, or someone with a wrench in a dark alley.
I would not call it a "a Winchester M1", but rather a "M1 with a Winchester receiver".

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Old 04-15-2016, 11:34 PM
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A lot has to do with the condition of the barrel and other parts, but assuming it is in at least a field grade condition, $700 for a Winchester M1 is a steal. In fact buying it off Armslist, I would be careful it isn't a scam.
Thanks for pointing that out. It does smell fishy. Email from "realgun10@mail.com".

I'll proceed with extreme caution.

Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:38 PM
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About 3 years ago. Not sure if prices have gone up or down since. Late T-105 type sights came on it. I would add $35 for reproduction lock-bar sights or $350 for original WRA lock-bars.
Both, it's a 'mixer' because it is no longer an original WRA. Might be a nice rebuilt WRA receiver from SA, any U.S.A. Depot, or someone with a wrench in a dark alley.
I wouldn't call it a "a Winchester M1", but rather a "M1 with a Winchester receiver".
Yeah, I have seen lock bar sights as low as $155 on eBay recently, but who knows anymore if they're repros or not...

Thanks for the input on the parts. I'm okay with a mixer, as long as it can still be correct for WWII. Like I said, I have a nice all original rifle with a verified provenance, so I don't feel the need to have a second. For now.......

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Steve
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:08 AM
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Just a heads up...the last time WRA rifles were sold at CMP they were $830 for a SG...if I'm not mistaken.

Are you able to do a face to face with the seller? If so, it may be a worthwhile trip.

As already stated, be careful with Armslist sellers. But I will say that one of my best purchases came from a seller on Armslist. SA-52 rebuild with GAW stock, almost mint Smith Corona 1903A3 and a nice SKS for $1400.

Also, a decent condition WRA receiver is worth $450-$500 all day long.
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