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Old 07-21-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
 
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SA "Tanker" question

I know it's not a perfect rifle but the price was right, it shoots great and I like it so it is what it is. I'm curious to my rifles orgins. It's a Springfield Armory with serial #17217xx. I've found a couple ser # lists on line but I'm not sure if mine is a converted tanker, one that SA put together or one of the many converted ones out there. I picked it up for a decent price off the used rack and it shoots great for as long as the range is at my gun club is. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2005, 07:44 PM   #2
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Your Receiver was made in July 1943. For what it's worth, I have a M1 just 8,000 numbers from yours ser. no. 1729XXX. Your rifle is almost surely an aftermarket build up. The government armory in Springfield Mass. built 2 shortened M1's called T-26. One was tested to destruction and the other is on display in the Springfield Armory museum. Even the term "tanker" is an aftermarket invention. There were some shortened M1's hand made in the Pacific during WWII and two of these were sent to Springfield Armory for evaluation. There has been speculation that other examples built in the Pacific may have found their way via "duffle bag requistions", but at this point in time they would be impossible to verify.
Interestingly enough, there were "tanker" M1's in WWII. M4 Sherman medium tank crews found full size M1's to be too cumbersome inside the cramped confines of the M4. So for a bail out weapon, some crews sawed the butts off of full length M1 rifles and had essentially an M1 with a pistol grip. Some were crudely done. Others were quite nicely sanded and even stained with boot polish. Similarly, B-29 crews found that an M1 carbines nicely fit inside their standard bail out kits once the butt was sawed off. Many crews thought these to be far superior to the worthless little .22 Hornet survival rifles supplied in their bail out kits.
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Old 07-21-2005, 08:04 PM   #3
 
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Thanks for the info. I knew most of the history of the tanker and I like it a lot. I plan on adding a couple regular Garands to the safe later this year. Black rifles are nice but give me a classic anytime.
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