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|07-03-2008, 11:07 AM||#1|
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Fremont, Ohio 13.6 miles from the north store
Well, as some of you may already know, I'm a sucker for odd or rare serial number ranges. Springfield Armory's assigned serial numbers used up the vast majority of the 5.4 million serial number range, leaving just 11,753 serial numbers at the tail end where HRA started back up after their 4.7 million series. In amongst the nice 5.5 and 5.6 HRA service grades at the north store, along with the occasional 4.7 HRA, sat this lone ugly duckling 5.4 million HRA. The barrel is a nice solid 1.0 all the way through, not just at the muzzle, indicating that this barrel was manufactured closer to the high end of the tolerance and has seen very little actual wear. The barrel is also correct and most probably original to the receiver. Several people most likely passed it over because of the euro beach front handguard and the incorrect post war SA stock. It just so happened that I needed that stock to make a recently aquired 5.4 SA correct and the like new condition 65 series SA op-rod was the last piece I needed to make a 5.7 SA correct that had a HRA op-rod on it. The 3/8" DAS HRA stock was on another 5.4 SA that I had bought back in January. A little swapping of parts and three rifles have become "correct".
Here she is as she came out of the North Store:
And now restored to correctness:
|07-03-2008, 02:45 PM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Ohio
Re: 5.4 HRA
Sure is a nice one JAS......... I started up there today and got sidetracked and wouldn't have made it up there till around 3:00 and didn't want to chance it ..... Wanted to go before the rush started next week. Wish I had now.