Were the M1 Garand receivers used by Sante Fe Arms in their BM59 copies rewelds?
I heard "Fred's" bought them all up ?!?Please note that Reese's Surplus is no more. They closed their doors. Don't know where the remaining BM-59 parts went. There wasn't a lot left from what I could tell.
Excellent! - PM sentJD, you looking for a BM62 complete with gorgeous stock, if so I know a guy that I nitrided two for, and cleaned up the stocks on them both, he wants to sell one last I heard. If you are looking I will contact him to let him know. I do know he has two stocks for each rifle, he found some extras and had me do them for him to match the rifles.
The easiest way to check a Garand or BM59 receiver for being a reweld is to compare the serial number on the heel of the receiver to the drawing number on the front right side of the receiver - where it goes into the stock. If the drawing number is not correct for the serial number, then it positively is a reweld. Fortunately, though it is possible someone could have welded up the correct pieces where both numbers matched, I have never seen a reweld receiver where the numbers did match.I have a Santa Fe version of the BM59. I got it about 10 years ago because the price was right-free. It is SN 000003. It looks like new. As others stated, the recvr is likely a reweld, but I can't tell for sure because I see no reweld signs. .