GUN M1 Garand experts....need help

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  1. amill94

    amill94 OT Supporter

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    This question is probably worthless without a picture, but I couldn't get pics of the rifle since I didn't have my camera with me at the time. I was looking at an M1 Garand. It's a Springfield 1945 model....good shape minus a very few amount of nicks in the stock. Anyway, I was told it is all original but I noticed a stamp with the letter P inside a circle under the grip protion of the stock. I have a picture with a circle and arrow pointing to where the stamp is located. Anyone know what this means? There was another M1 there without this stamp, so I was just wondering if anyone knows what the stamp means.

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    Circle P is a proof mark by a DOD inspector at the factory. A stock lacking it probably is a post-war or repaired stock.

    Any cartouche in a Garand stock is valuable (so valuable that people fake them now).
     
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    So basically if it has the P stamp it's the original factory stock. Good to know. Thanks for the help guys.
     
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    It's just an inspectors mark. Most government stocks should have them.

    On a side note, the stock may be original, but not to the gun. The stock should also be marked with SA/GAW, SA/NFR, SA/SHM depending on time of manufacture etc.
     
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    Original to the rifle and original factory stock are two different things :o
     
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    I'll have to check that out when I am back that way again, if it's still there.
    Thanks
     
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    It's nothing really to serious to worry about. The gun could be a post war govt rebuild and in that way original. But for it to be a factory 1945 original there's all sorts of shit to be said.

    If it's a good weapon, Id buy it reagrdless if you're looking for a Garand.
     
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    write down as many serial numbers as possible. there was a local store selling an "all original" Springfield M1 garand that happened to have an H&R arms bolt
     

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