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Old 08-09-2013, 12:59 PM
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I was in my local pawn shop yesterday and examined an M1 they had for sale. It was CAI marked, and had a VAR barrel. All markings had been removed from the receiver heel. There was a replacement SN stamped on the side of the receiver above the CAI marking.

Is this common?
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:05 PM
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I was in my local pawn shop yesterday and examined an M1 they had for sale. It was CAI marked, and had a VAR barrel. All markings had been removed from the receiver heel. There was a replacement SN stamped on the side of the receiver above the CAI marking.

Is this common?
Aftermarket M1 made by CAI.

No markings have been removed.

I have one, and it works fine for me. Some say they are dangerous.

Do a google on CAI M1 Garand.

Do not pay a premium price for this one.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:27 PM
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Ah. So CAI manufactured the receiver. Knowing nothing nothing about CAI, I was not aware such existed. Thanks for the information.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:30 PM
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I believe most of the Century guns were built up with Danish parts kits...lots of Beech stocks and Italian parts mixed in with USGI stuff.

My first Garand was a Century, when I didn't know any better. I scavenged a few nice parts from it for other builds, and it's currently assembled with parts I don't have a use for on other builds.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:28 PM
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Depending on the condition of the VAR barrel and what other parts are on it, it could worth a good amount just in parts.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:52 PM
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Depending on the condition of the VAR barrel and what other parts are on it, it could worth a good amount just in parts.
Indeed,

Mine had an almost new VAR barrel, WRA bolt, WW2 SA trigger group, uncut op rod, and a very nice Beretta stock. I've seen a couple on Gunbroker with uncut and WRA op rods, and nice WW2 stocks.

Don't necessarily turn your nose up at a CAI Garand; they can be a gold mine.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:23 PM
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I was at the Cabelas in Fort Worth some time back and they had a CAI Garand on the used gun rack when I over heard an "expert" explaining to his friend that this was produced by the CIA and not marked for "operational use". A quick sideways glance and I cleared the area. Never considered them for parts... Have to rethink that versus price
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:57 AM
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it is "marked."

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Old 08-10-2013, 06:34 AM
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I was just going to say I hope there is a serial # on there somewhere
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:04 PM
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C.A.I. used to be Century International Arms and then they decided to reinvent themselves by switching their name around. Image the attention a firearm stamped C. I. A. would get from the gun dumb public.
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