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Old 06-18-2021, 06:51 PM
Cavtanker Cavtanker is offline
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio
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Default My pair of 5.9 mil SA Service Grades Received Today

Oh happy day. I just got my two service grades delivered to my house today. Both were in the 5.9 mil s/n range. I've never had mail order rifles within such close s/n range delivered before. I haven't disassembled them completely yet, but they are a mixture of parts, which is okay with me. The finish on them is great, no pitting or surface rust anywhere.

1) SA 5917817, Barrel is an SA 8/55, ME/TE is 1+/2+

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2) SA 5928022, Barrel is an SA 9/55, ME/TE is 1+/2, USGI stock with DoD acceptance stamp

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Totally worth the wait.
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Old 07-01-2021, 12:18 PM
3IDGarand 3IDGarand is offline
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1940 SG. Thank you CMP!
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Old 07-02-2021, 10:46 AM
Cavtanker Cavtanker is offline
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Default Lead Dipped Winnie

Another great delivery from the CMP. My service grade Winchester arrived today, and exceeded my expectations. The metal and finish was in great shape, no rust or pitting at all. Lead dipped receiver, SA 3-46 barrel with 2/2 readings, most other parts were SA from initial glance. The stock set is fantastic, though no markings at all.

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Old 07-04-2021, 07:16 PM
Bolgini Bolgini is offline
Join Date: May 2021
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Picked up my first Garand at the Talladega store yesterday. Cleaned it up after I took the photos. Serial number gives it a May 1956 manufacture if I recall. Can't wait to take it to the range.

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Old 07-09-2021, 06:39 PM
newcastleadam newcastleadam is offline
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Gainesville, Fl
Posts: 73

Service grade 1.88 SA showed up, nice "51E" carving on the upper handguard. Thoughts on meaning?

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Old 07-21-2021, 12:12 PM
Mad Anthony Mad Anthony is offline
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 66

I finally got around to field stripping my new-to-me M1 that came in yesterday. It's a SA service grade. Serial number dates it to August(?) 1955. Looks to be in REALLY nice shape. Things is that I have little-to-no idea what I have as far as the parts are concerned. Anything you fine people could tell me would be appreciated!


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Old 07-27-2021, 06:37 PM
SurveyPilot SurveyPilot is offline
Join Date: Jul 2021
Posts: 1

Round 2: Let's see if I've got this posting pictures stuff wired...

Long story short, 30 plus years ago picked up a beater Garand which I intended to cannibalize for parts. Never did and it sat neglected in my closet until I had the bright idea to send it to the CMP smithy's to see what they could do with it. Post technical inspection debrief showed the only salvageable parts to be the receiver, bolt and trigger group with a little R&R to the latter. I asked if they could put the old girl back into as close to "as issued" as practical. The quoted price that was more than reasonable, so I gave the green light. Below is the result. The pictures of "before" and "after" don't do either justice. She was really abused in her previous life and thanks to the fine folks at the CMP, she's back to her original glory. If you've ever pondered sending your basket case to the CMP for over-haul...don't think twice. They did a beautiful job for a great price...I couldn't be happier.




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Old 08-27-2021, 05:24 PM
msmith5150 msmith5150 is offline
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: IA
Posts: 213

So I purchased one of Zvenoman's "scratch and dent" Garand stocks and got it cleaned up and a couple coats of 100% pure tung oil and then transferred the parts out of my CMP Garand into it.

The stock that came with it is a beautiful new CMP stock, gave it the tung oil treatment too. Had to leave the CMP front parts on until I can scrounge up a vintage set to match up to this stock.

So thank you Zvenoman, I hope you like my work!

EMcF stock after clean up and tung oil treatments. Then, final assembly. https://imgur.com/a/KkyHO3I
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Old 09-02-2021, 09:52 AM
Tcheeks38 Tcheeks38 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Alabama
Posts: 57

Not super happy about this one. Nothing wrong with it in general and the barrel is brand spanking new but I was really hoping for GI wood at least.

Here is a data point for all of you interested in what the mail order service grades are looking like nowadays.

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Old 09-10-2021, 03:39 PM
Mikedtkd Mikedtkd is offline
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Greenfield Mass
Posts: 25
Default 1955 Springfield L.E.A.D. Garand

Picked up a service grade 1955 LetterKenny armory Springfield Garand. (3/65 rebuild) 5.89 million serial number
Beautiful silverish parkerization, original 55 barrel, ME 2/TE 2, gorgeous dark walnut stock w/ circle p & faint LetterKenny triangle markings, looks like 95% correct SA parts.
Cant wait to get it to the range!


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