And that doesn't make low number '03 any safer.When have you ever heard anyone online say don't shoot a Midvale Steel (Eddystone) because it could blow up on you?
This was in the end of a long case study of them and they found so many cracked Eddystone receivers, they determined all Eddystones shouldn't be used with live ammo.
This was just Eddystones too. They sold tens of thousands of M1917's of every maker that were earmarked as not safe to shoot. They sold them here in the US to NRA members right after WWII. They did not mark them in anyway special. They only detailed it on the sales sheet when they sold. Well those rifles are floating around out there, and none of us are wiser to it.
Heck when you read the actual docs on them, did you know more M1917's blew up in WWI than any low number M1903s? But because these documents haven't made there way into our books, no one knows anything about them.
I cannot express how much worse the Garand is, compared to the m1917 and m1903. I highly suggest everyone buys a black light and goes over their M1's looking for cracks in the receiver/bolt/barrel. The Army did this back in the 50's and found so many, they stopped looking for them.....