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Old 05-15-2010, 12:52 PM   #1
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Springfield M1A s/n X004 ?

hi all,
thank you in advance for any help.

I have run across a Springfield Armory M1A (TRW bbl/bolt) with the serial number X004. Can anybody help with any information about what this might be?

thank you!
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:18 PM   #2
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Re: Springfield M1A s/n X004 ?

I'm working on this very question. When I have some information, I'll post it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:39 AM   #3
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Re: Springfield M1A s/n X004 ?

Since I last posted, I have been in correspondence with the owner of M1A serial numbers X001 and X002. He supplied several photos and some information related to the previous owners. Dale, if you have access to serial number X004, please send me a PM.

Without going into a lot of detail, IMO, the X prefix serial number M1A receivers were manufactured in 1983. The dimensional geometry of receivers X001 and X002 mirror M1A receivers made in 1983.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:08 AM   #4
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Re: Springfield M1A s/n X004 ?

Very early SA Inc rifles were built on milsurp receivers and parts. Pre-ATF law by regulation about 'once an MG always an MG'.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:25 AM   #5
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Re: Springfield M1A s/n X004 ?

There were some M1 Garand receivers modified to accept M14 magazines and given a bolt stop by Elmer Ballance dba L H Gun Company before M1A receiver production started in the fall of 1971.

I believe I know what serial numbers X001 through X006 are (the purpose of the X prefix serial number) but I would like to get better photographs of the underside of at least one of them to confirm my suscipion.
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