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Old 05-10-2021, 03:19 PM
Chuckie Chuckie is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
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Default Howdy from Arizona!

Hello everybody! Hello from sunny Arizona! I hope you are all having a great day.

New to Garands, but a shooter for 35 years. First rifle I shot was my dad's M1 Carbine.

Got 3 RM1-Service rifles this year from CMP. All Springfield Armory. Haven't inspected the WWII era ones much, I have the 4 million out for learning. Maybe that's Korean War era or later.

So far I've taken apart all but the bolt and trigger group and cleaned and greased it.

Wood wasn't in great shape, it had some shiny shellac like coating on it with a ton of scratches on it. It looked gross.

I've heard one should never sand them down but this was a post war with pretty dinged up wood, so I lightly sanded with #0000 steel wool, and 1200 grit sandpaper and gave each piece 4 coats of Minwax Tung Oil varnish (BLO and drying agents). It had what could be called a "semi-gloss" or "satin" finish.

See it pictured. Can't wait to take it out to shoot.

Serials (SA).

1,530,XXX
1,998,XXX
4,215,XXX

The 4 million one is pictured.

Mysterious tally marks on front of stock indicating "5" of something.



Similar light to "before" picture. Handguard is lighter and newer wood apparently.


Last edited by Chuckie; 05-10-2021 at 03:35 PM.
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Old 05-10-2021, 06:20 PM
AzMedic AzMedic is offline
 
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Looks great - what part of AZ are you in?
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Old 05-10-2021, 06:32 PM
Chuckie Chuckie is offline
 
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Looks great - what part of AZ are you in?
Thank you! Phoenix - East Valley. Not far from Smith Enterprise
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Old 05-10-2021, 06:46 PM
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Welcome Chuckle, Nice job on the stock. Have fun shooting them. Eddie
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Old 05-10-2021, 07:09 PM
BSAGuy BSAGuy is offline
 
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Hello back, Chuckie. Nice looking clean-up.
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