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Old 09-20-2004, 05:13 PM   #1
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1943 SA Garand

Just received the April 1943 SA Garand that I'd purchased from BR member Dump1567. It's a beauty, & exactly as described.
It appears to have been armory refinished at some point, but there are no markings on the receiver legs or stock to indicate when or where. The finish is a nice dark gray/green and the receiver has the lead dipped heel, which I really like.

The stock is a nice dark red/brown walnut. If you look closely on the left side of the stock, you can see the remains of the ordnance wheel & the SA stamp. Not really enough there to make it worth anything (I don't think, anyways), but you can at least see where the stamps where at one point.

No time to take pictures this evening, but I'll try to get some up after I get it cleaned up & ready to go. In the meantime, here are a few that were in the seller's ad:





I've field stripped the rifle & looked it over a bit & it's in good shape. The right ear on the front sight is bent slightly & I think the op rod spring could stand replacing, but that's about it. The barrel is dated 8-47 & the muzzel gauges a hair below 1 on my gauge. Don't have access to a TE gauge this evening, should tomorrow though.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:29 PM   #2
 
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I also have a SA made in '43. How do you tell what month it was produced? Serial # 18034xx Thanks
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:32 PM   #3
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Nice catch! Congrats on a good-looking gun. Milled trigger guards look so cool.
BTW, did ya'll come out of the storm OK? The two down here really did some damage.
Oh, I'm going up to Birmingham in a week or two. Is there any damage to the roads heading up that way that I should know about (I-10, 231)? I just want to see if I need to go thru GA rather than the panhandle.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:51 PM   #4
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ADT1949: The Fulton Armory website has a list of S/N's broken down by production date. By their list my rifle was made in May '43. By a friend's reference book it was made in late April '43 though. Dunno which is right. According to FA, yours was made in August 1943.

Cowboy: AFAIK, the only problem with I-10 is the bridge over Pensacola bay - it's gone, no telling how long that'll take to fix. You should be ok going up 231 to Dothan then on to Montgomery & Birmingham from there.
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:51 PM   #5
 
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Quagmire, Thank you
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:53 PM   #6
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Thanks Quag. How will you folks survive now that the Flori-Bama is gone ? I know several of my college buddies are in mourning.
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Old 09-20-2004, 08:39 PM   #7
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Cowboy: Thanks for asking, they came through just fine. Amazingly, even though they live @ 10 miles from Perdido Key (south-west end of town) their hose took no damage. They lost a tree in the back yard, that was about it.

They already have water, gas & electric restored. They have been very lucky through this & I'm pretty thankful for it.

On the Garand, a friend came over this evening & we went over it with a fine-toothed comb (and a reference book ). The barrel TE gauges at 1.8 & the muzzel gauges at .5 using his gauge. His gauge has always read a bit lower then mine, don't know which is right. There are a mix of old and new parts on the rifle, but the bolt & trigger group are correct. I'm not really interested in a rifle being "all correct", I just want them to look nice & be good shooters. This one should meet both criteria.
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Old 09-21-2004, 06:11 AM   #8
 
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Quag,
Beautiful acquisition. Wish it was mine!
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