Wilson had just finished lunch at the Springfield Armory cafeteria where he dined on broiled chicken which was a bit overdone and green beans that were too salty for his taste. He shrugged and then picked up the rifle and placed it in a wooden crate along with hundreds of others for long-term storage. The primary reason why this is not the case is because such accountability only existed while the weapons were in the possession of the unit to which they were issued. He honestly didn't even think his dad liked him all that much. Most of the early improvements to the accuracy of the M1 were developed from field experience and carried out by Marine armorers on selected weapons.
The Book of the Garand, Sportsmans Press, 1948. He and his dad had never had what he thought was much of a relationship. Jones was a recent draftee from Skunkworks, New Hampshire and was not at all happy about being assigned to Camp Beauregard. This rifle, and 671 other M1s, were shipped to Benicia Arsenal for possible use in Korea. And on top of that they have probably been issued to a string of soldiers. Parts were assembled out of parts bins. I tracked down his son and confirmed that the soldier did land on D-Day and was subsequently wounded.
Since Springfield Armory was still making Ml's, only hand-picking of superior quality weapons and some minor gunsmithing were needed to bring the weapons to required standards. His health records, promotions, disiplinary matters, transfers and a number of other personal information. Springfield Armory annual reports, 1953-1964. Improvements and changes were implemented by an evolutionary process from 1954 thru 1963, until the M1 was replaced by the M14. He tracked down the guy's son by the name on the letters. I know most won't track back to having been carried by anyone famous in most cases. The rebuilding operation required considerable inspection, refinishing and refitting to eliminate parts which were excessively worn, or which had been altered in the field for some reason.
Or were they just issued to a platoon and not kept with the same soldier? The bedding compound was applied to routed-out areas at critical receiver contact points, assembled to the receiver and cured. Rifle 123456 along with three other rifles serial numbers 345681, 199098, and 333598 were shipped to the Hartford Ordnance District depot on February 12, 1944 for storage and subsequent disposition and arrived at the facility on March 3, 1944. On October 5, 2000, Surpie had the rifle on his table at the local gun show in your town. I know that today military personnel records are computerized but back in the 1950's and before, records were kept on paper. I'm working on posting pictures but in the mean time I have the main serial number, barrel number and bolt number.
All other numbers are drawing, or part numbers. Griswold had to sleep on the couch for a few days until he wised up and sent her some flowers which got him out of the doghouse. This seems to be about the time W. As events transpired, the rifles were never issued and remained in storage at Benicia until August 15, 1961 when they were ordered to be transferred to Anniston Army Depot. But there is no way of proving anything one way or the other. He used his income tax refund to buy the rifle which seriously ticked off his wife who wanted new drapes for the living room. Fosdick, a native of Troy, New York, had worked at the Raritan for about a year and a half was glad he was able to miss getting drafted.
Army Materiel Command, National Match Rifle brochure, 1964. Is it a bad thing if the bolt was made 6 moths prior than the rest of the weapon, seems to make sense logically in terms of production. While he was pulling out the draws he found a stack of letter some guy had written to his brother. The only positive way to verify a specimen is to have the original documentation for the rifle. On November 17, 1943, Duckworth and three other members of his unit were transferred to the Camp Sludge motor pool at Bayonne, New Jersey. When he started assembling the rifle, Mr. End of range and total quantity unknown.
He never got to hear what his dad thought of him while his dad was alive. The letters were mostly him telling his brother about family stuff. From what I found the stock is from 1944, bolt is from 1943 and barrel is from 1944? Since it was covered with cosmoline and was slippery, Myers accidentally dropped the rifle on the concrete floor which is why the buttplate is indented a bit. Could someone check my facts, if you wouldn't mind. He gave the guy all the letters his dad had written about him. In a perfect world, we would be able to have complete documentation on a particular weapon consisting of when it was made, every soldier to whom it was issued and when, where and how it was used. To the best of our knowledge, serial numbers of the weapons were never recorded until the actual assignment or sale of a rifle, and then apparently not retained for permanent records.
Is this a good sign of being original? They would, however, have high serial numbers and barrels dated no earlier than about 1952, since they were selected from current production. All of this supports the January 1945 date for the serial number range change. The rifle remained in storage at Anniston until January 18, 1999 when it was acquired by the Civilian Marksmanship Program for sale to qualified purchasers. I wonder if even if the son wasn't interested in getting the rifle back. Anyway, if such a scenario could happen yea, right! Their serial number range is approximately 1600000 to 1640000. Duckworth was discharged from the Army from the Army the same day in the same state New Jersey. Can you give me the history of my M1 rifle, serial number 123456? Unfortunately the bookkeeping records of the Korean Era manufacturers were not as meticulously maintained, denying the M1 collector the ability to pinpoint the exact month of their Post W.
A meeting at Springfield Armory in September 1956 resulted in the funding of an engineering program to improve the M1 National Match rifle. Prior to this, the fitting of wood components essentially followed procedures developed by Marine armorers thru experience. M1 Garand Serial Numbers M1 Garand Serial Numbers By Month and Year The serial number listings by month presented below were developed by Scott Duff, a recognized authority on and author of a series of books on the M1 Garand. The rifle remained in the arms room as newer Garands had been received just before the unit shipped out to Great Britain to train for the rumored cross-channel invasion. .
Wilson was the youngest of four siblings two boys and a girl. Even in such cases, however, the information only reveals the date and destination of the shipment from the factory. The duplicate numbers were lined out and the substitute numbers electro-penciled under the original. It would be nice if these Record Books still existed as they would trace the history of the rifle, but I am sure they are long gone. The only thing that mattered was that it was a working rifle. After 1959, many of the earlier weapons were rebuilt, always with a new barrel, and some used receivers were selected. Not sure which, but in any case, this Record Book contained everything about this individual Marine.