The "HRL" marking is mentioned in the April 1963 Gun World article M14: Boon or Blunder? by Jack Lewis. In that article, Mr. Lewis was referring to defective Harrington & Richardson bolts being pulled out of the U. S. Marine Corps supply system by the end of 1962. The defective Harrington & Richardsion bolts were marked HRT and made by Textile Machine Works. IMO, "HRL" is a typographical error in the April 1963 Gun World article. Other than Stevens' citing the April 1963 magazine article in his book, I'm not aware of the "HRL" marking being mentioned in any literature on the M14.Anything in particular that stands out?
Are you thinking it could be fake?
The only thing I can suggest is that You take it to a Machine Shop and have them check the Hardness on the "C" Scale, to make sure that it is not a Marked Up $ 20 Chinese Bolt!GI3Is there any other way to identify this bolt, say machine marks, or by measurement. It kind of baffles me that someone would take the time to put incorrect markings on a bolt they were trying to pass off as real.
There is another possible explanation but I'll refrain from disclosing it here, for valid reasons.The only thing I can suggest is that You take it to a Machine Shop and have them check the Hardness on the "C" Scale, to make sure that it is not a Marked Up $ 20 Chinese Bolt!GI3
PS If the Hardness reads in the mid or lower 40s You have a Chinese Bolt, a GI bolt should read in the 50s or even low 60s!
Could it be that someone is trying to make some Easy Christmas Money?Thats funny, we go from never seeing one to seeing two in less then a month. I wonder what the story is behind them.
The markings on the bolt in the rifle in Auction Arms ad # 10089058 has a different font than the HRL A27 bolt. Hmmm.Here's another one-Auction arms auction 10089058. Glad I read this thread,was going to bid on rifle, but now going to pass. If Different and Bill NEVER saw one it just aint right.