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List of known "DEVINE TEX" marked rifles

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The following M1A rifles have the "DEVINE TEX" mark on the barrel. Please add additional rifles as you know of, pictures appreciated.

I'm not implying agreement with the position that "DEVINE TEX" is a valid Elmer Ballance barrel marking. I am trying to keep the discussion organized for those not totally up to speed on this topic. I own M1A serial number 000049 but I have no Texas marked M1A rifles. There's no financial gain or loss to me. The truth will prevail.

Serial Number/Owner/Comments

000505 - friend of Garand Doctor, 1973 purchase from Sarco, need marking confirmed
00064X - observed by BennyBenz
000689 - slag
000690 - non-member who purchased this USED in October 1973 at the San Francisco Gun Exchange.
000708 - art luppino [photos and documents enroute]
000710 - dighawaii
00074X - board member who wishes to remain anonymous
000812 - Garand Doctor - July 1973 purchase from Sarco
000825 - steve12
000850 - wdigeorge
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The following M1A rifles have the "DEVINE TEX" mark on the barrel. Please add additional rifles as you know of, pictures appreciated.

I'm not implying agreement with the position that "DEVINE TEX" is a valid Elmer Ballance barrel marking. I am trying to keep the discussion organized for those not totally up to speed on this topic. I own M1A serial number 000049 but I have no Texas marked M1A rifles. There's no financial gain or loss to me. The truth will prevail.

Serial Number/Owner/Comments

000505 - friend of Garand Doctor, 1973 purchase from Sarco, need marking confirmed
00064X - observed by BennyBenz
000689 - slag
000690 - non-member who purchased this USED in October 1973 at the San Francisco Gun Exchange.
000708 - art luppino [photos and documents enroute]
000710 - dighawaii
00074X - board member who wishes to remain anonymous
000812 - Garand Doctor - July 1973 purchase from Sarco
000825 - steve12
000850 - wdigeorge
I had 2070... made the horrible mistake of getting talked out of it. You can't beat the quality of ELmer's rifles nor A.R. Sales, I knew Jack and Ilia.
 

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Devine or A.R. Sales M1A

If anyone knows of a Devine Texas or A.R. Sales M1A, the minute my book goes to press, I'll buy one of these in a heartbeat. I need a good receiver to build a new NM rifle for myself. Elmer's and Jack and Ila's M1As have always been the best to date. Nope, I knew Clint, but I have no experience with Fulton's, not any of the current vendors. I know about Genesco.... sorry I've seen to many problems with their rifles... and yes, before anyone jumps on this, I know that a good amount of them are fine. I just prefer the best I know of. I want a new Camp Perry rifle. I'm going even as an old fart! GI2
 

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The following M1A rifles have the "DEVINE TEX" mark on the barrel. Please add additional rifles as you know of, pictures appreciated.

I'm not implying agreement with the position that "DEVINE TEX" is a valid Elmer Ballance barrel marking. I am trying to keep the discussion organized for those not totally up to speed on this topic. I own M1A serial number 000049 but I have no Texas marked M1A rifles. There's no financial gain or loss to me. The truth will prevail.

Serial Number/Owner/Comments

000505 - friend of Garand Doctor, 1973 purchase from Sarco, need marking confirmed
00064X - observed by BennyBenz
000689 - slag
000690 - non-member who purchased this USED in October 1973 at the San Francisco Gun Exchange.
000708 - art luppino [photos and documents enroute]
000710 - dighawaii
00074X - board member who wishes to remain anonymous
000812 - Garand Doctor - July 1973 purchase from Sarco
000825 - steve12
000850 - wdigeorge
*IF* you remind me, I have a full listing of the Devine Texas rifle production. Be patient, at best I'm lucky if I drop in once a week. Busy on my book. GI2
 

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sorry for late reply

cz777, does M1A serial number 000601 have any Texas address barrel markings? If so, what is the address marked on the barrel? Is it hand stamped or engraved? Is the address in one line or two lines? TIA
it was hand stamped ..one line barrel was r&r two times since ownership of me ...it was sold in 2006 ! with m-1 grand style stock -no storage in the stock with rifle and MacMillan heavy stock -both had #601 marked ..
 

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I already stated, ~ 4600 M1A receivers had been shipped to Texas by the time it was sold to the Reese family. Not all of those 4600 receivers had been sold by November 1974......
Just for clarity's sake( I try hard to keep things right in my mind- mild OCD here, too), did you mean TO or FROM?
 

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Devine NM 002629 Electro-engraved. With SAK Barrel, JJH stamped.

Radium NM 002320 Electro-engraved. Has a CA (Canadian Armory NM) barrel.

I have spoken to Elmer Ballance about these two rifles, (He was very gracious about it!) and over the phone stated that was normal. I have sent pictures and information to Elmer to authenticate the pair of rifles.
 

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Thank you, I added mine to the list.
Is there a similar list for Radium built rifles?
No problem. I don't think there's a separate list for the Radium address. I think most consider them in the same list as the Devines, or Early Texas M1As.
 

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I have number 1134 and originally owned one in 300 range which I traded Elmer M14 magazines for It should be easy to identify I had it rebuilt to match specs at Ft Benning the armorer electric engraved his name on it where its covered. I am not sure but it may have been 329. Anyone know how Elmer is doing these days?
 

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M14 fans, I have received copies of two letters signed by Mr. Elmer Ballance stating that the M1A rifle serial number 000708 with the barrel marking DEVINE TEX was assembled by him on February 10, 1973. One letter was written for the rifle's second owner and the other letter was written for the rifle's current (third) owner.

The letters were sent to me by Mr. Art Luppino of Kerrville, TX. I understand that he has the original letters as he is the current owner of M1A serial number 000708. Mr. Luppino is working on getting digital photographs taken of serial number 000708.

I have contacted several of you by e-mail so that you have opportunity to receive copies of these letters.
I now own 000708 and would like a copy of these letters if possible...flyboy
 

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The following M1A rifles have the "DEVINE TEX" mark on the barrel. Please add additional rifles as you know of, pictures appreciated.

I'm not implying agreement with the position that "DEVINE TEX" is a valid Elmer Ballance barrel marking. I am trying to keep the discussion organized for those not totally up to speed on this topic. I own M1A serial number 000049 but I have no Texas marked M1A rifles. There's no financial gain or loss to me. The truth will prevail.

Serial Number/Owner/Comments

000505 - friend of Garand Doctor, 1973 purchase from Sarco, need marking confirmed
00064X - observed by BennyBenz
000689 - slag
000690 - non-member who purchased this USED in October 1973 at the San Francisco Gun Exchange.
000708 - art luppino [photos and documents enroute]
000710 - dighawaii
00074X - board member who wishes to remain anonymous
000812 - Garand Doctor - July 1973 purchase from Sarco
000825 - steve12
000850 - wdigeorge
000858 - Coinguy
 
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