That also could be the case. The part that is the oldest is the hammer. All the other parts match. Including the stock. according to scott duff and a couple others, batches of parts overlap during the war. But all parts are wartime and that's what makes the rifle a little more special. I have the certification letter from the cmp and emails from the head armorer at the alabama location confirming the rifle came to them and was sold in 2003, all of the batch numbers I've found match there records.
I'm including a pic, I would think that a restored garand would have a better stock on it. Every other image I've seen of a garand with a rack number has been illegible. I'm trying not to get my hopes up but I think this rifle is original.
Last edited by hoganfireman; 11-08-2012 at 03:46 PM.
I'm not bashing you or your rifle but the only thing you got from CMP was that a rifle with that serial number was sold by CMP.
What parts were swapped since it left their hands there is no way of knowing.
It "could" be original but odds are stacked against you it isnt
Nice Garand either way
I think every new gun buyer likes to think they have found something of great value. The truth is most amateur gun owners do not know how to value a collectable. There is more than matching numbers in defineing a special firearm.
Wow here come the snobs, I'm not a novice, I own several guns. Gunsmithed some of them to a finer condition. Restored my grandfathers m1 carbine to its wartime glory. Yes this is my first garand, it is my first because this was the first one I've found that had matching numbers. I have asked for help and not received any. I've only received comments telling me my rifle is not what I think it is. I've looked hundreds of garands in the hopes of finding one that was as close to original as possible. This was the first. I've sent the info I've collected and sent it to real experts in the hopes of an actual authentication.
Last edited by hoganfireman; 11-09-2012 at 04:40 PM.