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Old 03-20-2007, 10:06 AM   #1
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M1A serial number

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My wife bought me a Springfield M1A in 1998 SN 58009. The rifle was used but showed little or no signs of wear other than a few minor scrapes that every rifle seems to pickup over the years.

I called Springfield and they were very helpful in telling me that this rifle was made in June 1990 as a Standard.

I'm enough of a newbie with M1A's that I can't tell if it's been altered since, but here are the markings I can find on it:

Front sight has NM072.
Rear sight has no markings but is not hooded.
Stock appears to be walnut.
Butt plate is military style with no numbers that I can find.
Bolt is stamped 7790186
HRT A10
RL
and does have the punch dimple
Flash suppressor has no visable markings.
Barrel is marked GENESEO, IL
Firing mechanism is stamped 7267030 TRW
Hammer is marked 5546008-OM-N
Operating rod is stamped 7267064 HRA
3
That's all of the identifying marks I can find.

Can anyone tell me if this remains a Standard for the year made or if it's been operated on.

Thanks!
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Does the barrel have the marking 7790190 ? If so, it will be located under the hand guard. Is the stock bedded?
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:28 PM   #3
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Yes the barrel is stamped but someone did a really poor job and actually double stamped it. Near as I can makeout it reads HR7790908S.

As for the bedding of the stock you'll have to rember that I'm new and explain what it is I'm looking for. Be gentle.
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Is the chamber chromium plated?
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Appears to be to me. Looking again the numbers might be followed by 6 and 1 after the 8. Sorry but like I said someone may a mess trying to stamp it twice. The S night actually be SS but I can't swear to it.
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Reading back through some old posts on here it appears to me that embedded refers to an epoxy inside of the stock and if so then the answer is no. My stock is pure old fashioned wood.
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It sounds like the rifle is a standard M1A. The barrel marking is not what I would expect for a standard M1A. Without seeing the rifle and with the information available, I can't say what you have for sure.
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:16 AM   #8
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If it works a picture of the numbers on the barrel should be attached. Obviously not one of their better days.

The real reason I started this was to give you the serial number to add to your growing file. This rifle was bought as a "just-in-case" weapon and it serves that purpose quite well whatever setup it is. To use a phrase others have before, "it shoots better than I do."

Appreciate your help.
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It almost looks as if...nnaahhh...as if it was double stamped on purpose.

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Maybe a really bad hair day? I suspect different must think I'm illiterate or worse but I've gone cross-eyed trying to figure out what it says. Maybe the FBI labs or CSI Miami can decode it but I can't.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:42 PM   #11
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TooTall, the barrel is double stamped H R 7790190 8 61 S. It is a chromium plated barrel made by Harrington & Richardson, Inc. made in August 1961. The NM front sight is a commercial Springfield Armory, Inc. unit. IMO, you have a standard model M1A. Thank you for the serial number input. It has been added to the data base.
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You're a better man than me or at least have better eyes.

Again thanks for your help.
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