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Old 12-31-2021, 07:31 PM
Rambler1 Rambler1 is offline
 
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Default M1a Stock Surprise!

I purchased a Polytech "M1a" last month. Someone had done some different modifications. They had also painted the stock. I was going to sand and repaint to a better camo pattern, when I noticed the stock had some cartouche marks.

Attached are some pictures. Wanted to get some information on what kind of stock I have. Also, there is something above the "545" not sure if it is damage or purposefully placed. I have a pointer on the spot in the picture.

Last but not least... I was going to use B. Linseed oil to recondition the stock, or open to other ideas.

https://imgur.com/8nOYWXJ

https://imgur.com/aQMMAsj

https://imgur.com/KQ7vfOF

Thanks in advance for the help/advice.

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Old 12-31-2021, 09:05 PM
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Looks like USGI wood. Possibly walnut or reddish birch. Well worth refinishing. Get the old paint off. May possibly find a DOD stamp on the left side of the stock just below the vicinity of the rear sight Don't know what the little peck looking holes might be. You can fill them with sanding dust mixed with a little bit of epoxy ... or plain old carpenters glue. If you want a camouflaged you can find a good used stock. Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 12-31-2021, 10:06 PM
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Looks like USGI wood. Possibly walnut or reddish birch. Well worth refinishing. Get the old paint off. May possibly find a DOD stamp on the left side of the stock just below the vicinity of the rear sight Don't know what the little peck looking holes might be. You can fill them with sanding dust mixed with a little bit of epoxy ... or plain old carpenters glue. If you want a camouflaged you can find a good used stock. Sincerely. bruce.
Yes. I am going to make sure this stock gets back to "normal" condition. I just looked at the stock and you can see the outline of a square box.

https://imgur.com/LY6RpkP

I also had to strip down the hand guard. It is an odd swirl pattern in the plastic.

https://imgur.com/NHCusgq

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Old 12-31-2021, 11:00 PM
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Will have to wait till tomorrow to look at the pictures. For some reason I cannot see Imgur on my Mac.

The Polytec M-1A's are very good. Some folks have used the receivers to build some really nice rifles. Of course hindsight is always 20:20, but do so wish I'd bought one back in the day. Enjoy your rifle! Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 01-01-2022, 06:37 AM
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I see the DAS. clean stock, use BLO. I use linseed oil. Look under Buttplate for maker mark. Post pics of wood under. USGI stock all the way!
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Old 01-01-2022, 11:45 AM
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I see the DAS. clean stock, use BLO. I use linseed oil. Look under Buttplate for maker mark. Post pics of wood under. USGI stock all the way!
Here are some additional pictures. Did not see a makers mark under the Buttplate. Not sure what I am looking for... Going to start the BLO this am.

https://imgur.com/YeFSohQ


https://imgur.com/eW5ObiY


https://imgur.com/ozDPzuE
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Old 01-01-2022, 06:46 PM
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Need a pic of the wood under the butt plate. https://imgur.com/UNDDVt2

I need a pic of this area. My pic tells me this stock is a Winchester called BIG RED. NM stock. prized for strength!!. I will tell you about yours. Dave
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Old 01-02-2022, 10:36 AM
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Need a pic of the wood under the butt plate. https://imgur.com/UNDDVt2

I need a pic of this area. My pic tells me this stock is a Winchester called BIG RED. NM stock. prized for strength!!. I will tell you about yours. Dave
Here is the picture of the stock under the Buttplate.

https://imgur.com/WDSSiAl

https://imgur.com/gWL1PtV

https://imgur.com/890Bfg4

https://imgur.com/ueiqRMu

I also was able to figure out the handguard is the Polytech DT25 Silver under a marbled handguard. Seems pretty unique. I think I am going to replace with a period correct to match the stock.

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Old 01-07-2022, 05:10 PM
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Looks a lot better with out the paint Ex choice to remove it.
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Old 01-09-2022, 02:18 PM
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It's not an M1A. That's a proprietary model name for SAI only. It's an M-14SA, or M14, or variant thereof. Sometimes M14S....

Some of the Chinese rifles were shipped as "M305" and so on. But NEVER as an M1A, which is a copyrighted brand-name based title. Polytech and Norinco ( the old Mukden facility, re-named ) varied the design details of their forged receivers in very interesting ways.

SAI ( Springfield Armory, Incorporated ) suggested that it might be some kind of mistake or violation to call their cast M14 spinoff by the name of the old military rifle. If ATF ever so ruled, no one can locate the evidence. The implication, obviously mistaken, that "any M14 is a "machine gun" was foisted as their cover story at the time.

If one calls it an "M1A" on Federal or some state paperwork, it's an error and can be a violation.

Very nice stock, and yes, worth restoration.

https://www.milsurps.com/images/impo...ech_logo-1.jpg

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