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Collecting all the varieties of the IHC rifles

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  • Collecting all the varieties of the IHC rifles

    For some foolish reason I have decided to find an example of all the varieties of IHC rifles I believe exist. Yea, I know. Mrs. Robinson did not raise a very bright child.

    The basic varieties of IHC include those manufactured by IHC using Springfield and HRA provided receivers. Those varieties manufactured completely by IHC of IHC parts. And finally those manufactured by IHC using Springfield provided barrels and also HRA provided stocks.

    I have listed below 11 (or so) basic varieties of the IHC Garand rifles. In reality you could cover the range of examples with fewer rifles by utilizing the 444 IHC/IHC as your example of a non Letter-Coded Parts rifle. It is also possible to reduce the actual number of rifles by combining the SA supplied barrel rifle and, or an HRA supplied stock as the Letter-Coded example. For example I know of one 5.16 mil IHC that has both an IHC used SA barrel and an IHC used HRA stock, and of course it would likely have Letter-Coded parts where appropriate. This rifle would cover three of the varieties in one rifle. You can do your collection your way.

    • IHC/IHC Postage Stamp - (4407000-4408000) **est <1,000 made but less than 100 documented - SN 4407009 is mine

    • SA/IHC Arrowhead - (4440001-4441100) est 1,100 - SN 4440448 is mine
    • SA/IHC Postage Stamp - (4441101-4445557) est 800-900 - SN 4441170 is mine
    • IHC/IHC Postage Stamp - (est 4441356 - 4449999) est 8,000 - SN 4448228 is mine (This could serve as your non Letter-Coded example listed below as well) - If you think about it with only 8,000 of these they are actually scarcer than either of the Gap letter varieties!

    • IHC/IHC Postage Stamp - (approx. 4441356-4.57/4.58 range) - Non Letter-Coded parts. SN 4546954 is mine
    • IHC/IHC Postage Stamp - (approx. 4.57/4.58 range) - Letter-Coded Parts.

    • SA/IHC Gap Letter - (4637500-4659999) est 22,000 - SN 4658875 is mine

    • IHC/IHC Postage Stamp with Springfield provided barrel - (5 mil range) - SN 5126401 is mine
    • IHC/IHC Postage Stamp with HRA provided stock - (5.1 mil range) - SN 5166670 is mine
    ( I recently acquired SN 5169648 that has both the SA barrel and the HRA provided stock on the same rifle)

    • SA/IHC Gap Letter - (5198000-5211244) est 13,243 - SN 5209967 is mine

    • HRA/IHC - Postage Stamp - (5213034 to 5217010) est 4,000 but not very many actually documented - SN 5215611 is mine

    (estimated quantities above are from Dave McClain's article in the Spring 2009 GCA Journal)
    (** 4.40 actual estimates vary but certainly less than 1,000 made)

    neat hobby we have here

    A few pictures of the rifles I have:

    First up the Arrowhead

    added 8/25/19
    I purchased another IHC Service Grade at the South Store this past Saturday that had what I believed to be an original Springfield barrel. The punch mark is a bit out of place but I have seen the punch mark mis-located on LMR barrels also so figured it was worth the chance to get it. I asked a trusted knowledgeable resource if he agreed and got positive feedback.
    I feel it is a good idea to share the pictures of both of these barrel punches, so here they are:

    IHC SN 5126401 (typical punch location on 6-53 barrel)


    IHC SN 5065390 (located in a different location on 8-53 barrel)


    Notice that the two SA barrels are only two months apart but the acceptance stamp on one is an Ordinance Wheel and the other is a DAS.
    Last edited by rob30-06; 10-06-2022, 04:51 PM. Reason: update post

  • #2
    I didn't even realize there were so many variations when I started into the M1 hobby, I guess I have two of them already. 5121775 and 4538598. I would.lpce to snag an arrowhead or gap letter one of these days.


    • #3

      Sold all the ones I’d been care taking for.


      • #4
        It looks to be a long journey to collect all the variations of IHC Grands and a lot of money. If I were younger I would do the same. I have one very nice IHC Grand that’s almost correct and I paid the seller’s firm price but then I always pay more for the best quality I can afford.
        Just wondering what your criteria is. Are you only interested in correct or near correct with original barrels or examples with IHC receivers with a few IHC parts? Good luck in your search. Always nice to see pictures of what you have now.


        • #5
          Originally posted by johnnv View Post
          It looks to be a long journey to collect all the variations of IHC Grands and a lot of money. If I were younger I would do the same. I have one very nice IHC Grand that’s almost correct and I paid the seller’s firm price but then I always pay more for the best quality I can afford.
          Just wondering what your criteria is. Are you only interested in correct or near correct with original barrels or examples with IHC receivers with a few IHC parts? Good luck in your search. Always nice to see pictures of what you have now.
          Criteria is a good question.
          For me I think the only thing that makes much different is original finish and barrel.
          I like for them to be as much IHC as possible and have been lucky in the ones acquired thru the CMP.

          Time has passed since my reply above and my opinion has changed just a bit on the rarer IHCs.
          When it comes to the 440 IHC and the 5.2 HRA/IHC there are so few available I think that to get one in any condition is quite an accomplishment.

          Last edited by rob30-06; 02-27-2020, 06:33 AM. Reason: update info


          • #6
            Toughest one on that list is probably the HRA/IHC, also probably the very early IHC/IHC.
            Looking for SA 1607810
            NRA Endowment Member
            CMP Customer Since 98

            Feedback Thread


            • #7
              I have the Gapper you examined at the OVMC show in Feb 4,641xxx available...
              Good luck on your quest.
              CMP & GCA Member


              • #8
                OK, just got one of the Gapper IHCs

                Just got a 4.6 Gap Letter IHC at the South Store (can you believe that!).
                I have seen quite a few of these come from the store but this is the first one I got myself.
                That only leaves me three varieties to get before I have all of them.
                Unfortunately for me that ones I need are some of the hardest to find.

                Here is the Heel and Heat Lot of the Gap Letter I just acquired:

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                One at a time is the way to go

                Last edited by rob30-06; 02-25-2021, 11:10 AM. Reason: update photo


                • #9
                  IHC 5.16 with original HRA stock

                  I thought you guys that have not seen this kind of stuff might enjoy so below is a photo showing the interesting details of an HRA stock used by IHC. As can be seen the stock is obviously HRA wood with the distinctive profile, large back porch and generous grip heel.
                  This rifle was basically correct as purchased at the CMP South Store in this configuration. The only non IHC part besides the stock was the SA Follower Arm and who can say it is not correct? This was an interesting period where manufacturers were sharing parts so you can see some odd stuff.
                  How can you tell the stock was used by IHC you say? Good question.
                  Besides being on an otherwise correct IHC, as found, the clincher for me is in the DAS. It has the distinctive high arc to the stars that was used only by IHC during this time period.
                  HRA's DAS was similar to that used by Springfield and the stars have a much lower arch. A photo of the HRA DAS is provided below as a comparison.
                  The Proof also has characteristics of the IHC Proof being incompletely struck and open on both sides as you can see, unlike the HRA Proofs which tend to be fully struck.
                  I have to wonder how many of these stocks were removed from rifles and "correct" IHC stocks put on?


                  for comparison a 1/2" DAS from HRA on one of my rifles alongside an IHC DAS with the higher arch

                  [IMG][/IMG] [IMG][/IMG]

                  Pretty neat stuff
                  Last edited by rob30-06; 11-06-2021, 03:14 AM. Reason: add image


                  • #10
                    Enjoy the tutorials here. Great info. Looks like you have some nice IHC examples. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!


                    • #11
                      I like IHC best. I only have one right now. I personally wouldn't pay good money for the SA Post War receivered variety. I just bought SA Post War rifles instead, but that's just me.
                      Looking for Rifles:
                      Springfield Armory 5,940,259, 5,840,184, 4,238,435 and 2,023,912.
                      Harrington & Richardson 5,549,399


                      • #12

                        Just wondering if the HRA/IHC stock has a Julian date stamped in the barrel track? Thanks.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by garandpower View Post
                          Just wondering if the HRA/IHC stock has a Julian date stamped in the barrel track? Thanks.
                          No it does not.
                          I believe the Julian Date in the Overton IHC stocks was stamped by Overton so the HRA stock would not have it.



                          • #14
                            Man, I just want ANY IHC for my collection!


                            • #15
                              Did the HRA/IHC originally come with IHC hg’s?