I purchased a garand which was one of the "Special grade" where they install a new criterian barrel, inspect, repark as needed and put a new production stock on it. Barrel is dated 2016 and the rifle appears unfired. The operating rod has no identifying marks anywhere I can see. It does have the stress relief cut. It appears identical to the others I have in every other way which are marked. Any ideas, knowledge or thoughts on this?
thank you in advance
I am not an expert on specific features of M1s. All of the op rods I've seen have a marking. I think that some VERY early (talking gas trap here) ones were unmarked. Maybe some aftermarket versions are unmarked?
The Italian op rods have the drawing number and "PB" on the inside cradle area, so you have to remove it to see that manufacture's mark. (see below pic). Many of the CMP M1s came back from Denmark and those rifles had a fair amount of PB or BP marked Italian parts. So that's one possibility.
Perhaps the era can be narrowed. Check the handle and look for a raised section, stick is pointing to the ridge, this ridge was seen on SA oprods of the WWII era. SA oprods after WWII were smooth in this area.....
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