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In the Gun Library at the local Cabelas. They have it tagged "Springfield 7.62."

18" barrel, same length as the M1A Squad Scout sitting next to it.

All Springfield data has been ground off of the receiver, only the serial number remains.
Receiver has been cut and welded, as was the practice of Golden State Armory.

Does not have any markings on the left side of the receiver, where, according to my research, it would say, "Golden State Armory," if it was one of theirs.

Maybe a National Ordnance, but, according to research. they used cast receivers.

"PB" on the bolt lock. Some more Beretta parts maybe......

M11 stamped on the stock, just below the heel. I read somewhere, that a number of BM's were produced by an Alabama builder who designated them as M11...

Feels very nice!!! Dare I say, more comfortable than the Squad Scout sitting next to it. But, to many unknowns for me.

Of course, now I look for BM59 & 62 pics and builders.RNGR1RNGR1RNGR1
 

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Was in the store today, took some pics.........
Not the greatest pics., it was a mad house in there.....

Stock would be beautiful refinished. Has a nice tiger stripe.

The op rod is scary looking. Has a serious bend in it to go into the GC. pic 2
Heel info grinder off, Model 11 stamped on the stock. pic 3
PB on the bolt lock. pic 4
What looks like a weld. pic 5

It feels great to hold though.....

Cabelas, Christiana DE
 

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I'f I'm understanding correctly, it's a .308 tanker Garand, with cut and welded receiver, of unknown origin. I'm a big fan of the Garand tankers, especially the Mini G that I've got. They really are a neat handling package, but from what I've read, unless put together properly, they can be unreliable. This one sounds like it might be a bad choice. Unless it's very cheap, and you're prepared to deal with sorting it out if it doesn't work properly, I'd think you could find a better candidate. Personally, the welded receiver would be a deal breaker for me.
 

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Oh I definitely don't want to buy it, especially for the obscene price of 1800. But it was fun doing some research, learning about the BM 59 and it's variants, and getting the feel of this format.

It is mag fed, so I guess it's more a BM then a tanker.
 
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After taking a second look it's definitely a "BM59 Style" clone built off a few PB parts, the flash hider is not original, and has the look of being one of those built by Walter Craig of Selma Alabama off a re-welded Garand receiver and modified to use M14 mags, hence the "M11" designation on the stock, speculation is he dubbed it that to give the appearance it was a few model #'s behind the M14.

$1800? Sheez! I would run away from that deal for half the asking price! And I have to wonder why would someone even want to bother re-welding a Garand receiver, it's not like it's something rare like a class III...
 

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$1800? Sheez! I would run away from that deal for half the asking price! And I have to wonder why would someone even want to bother re-welding a Garand receiver, it's not like it's something rare like a class III...
These were built in a time when Garands were few and far between and you had a much better chance of finding a demilled receiver, and to build a rifle from there. Golden State Arms just did it on a commercial scale.
 
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These were built in a time when Garands were few and far between and you had a much better chance of finding a demilled receiver, and to build a rifle from there. Golden State Arms just did it on a commercial scale.
I have to wonder why they were cutting them up? Looks like it was a '43 Garand receiver...
 

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I bought one identical to the one in the picture about 10 years ago. Unfortunately the one I bought had a barrel that was remanufactured by drilling out an old M1 Garand barrel and inserting a Springfield 03A3 barrel into the stub and silver soldering them together. These are dangerous barrels and should not be shot according to Jerry Kuhnhausen in his shop manual for M14 rifles.

Had to replace the barrel with one from Numrich Arms and have had no problems with it after 1,000 rounds.
 

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How much are they asking is the question? Frankly I see nothing to get excited about...
I agree... and $1800??? I double-ly agree.

I would, just for curiosity sake, check to see which mags it really does take. True BM mags are as scarce as hens teeth... That would be another deal-killer (as if we needed any more.)
 
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