I do a lot of selling on GI so I was watching the Garand sales about a month ago and saw a National Match for 2500 and the ad had few and poor pictures, Then last Friday a week, I saw the price reduced to 2250. So I blew up the pictures and found something that startled me. The SN had an X prefix that you couldn't see unless you blew it up. I called the dealer immediately and said I'll take it. He took my CC no charge, and shipped it that day. It arrived yesterday and here's what I found. SN X6001268 is one of a group of NM Garands that were the last assembled. Nobody knows what the X denotes and nobody knows the exact number made, however, the general consensus is between 1600 and 2000. They were all assembled as Type I guns and many upgraded to Type II. This rifle has a SA2 63 y13 NM barrel with a ME of just under 1 and correct NM parts and stock. My hunch turned out to be my greatest find ever!