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Old July 31st, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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How Many "JJR" Marked Rifles?

Just wondering how many of us have "JJR" marked(stock channel) Devines? I have one.
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Old July 31st, 2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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There were at least nine Texas era M1A rifles with "J J H" initials in the stock barrel channel.

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Old July 31st, 2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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I have one,its a NM #1762,maybe we can get a list together and perhaps find out who this mystery builder was.I can tell you one thing he sure knew what he was doing.My rifle is a work of art ,the attention to detail and workmanship is spectacular to say the least.Lets keep this thread going.

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Old August 4th, 2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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It sounds like yours' was built within a couple weeks of mine, at least the receiver. Does yours' have the red birch stock? The trigger on mine is super crisp, and the workmanship is first class. MW on mine is .8" as well. Can't tell how much it was shot, so I put 10 rounds through it to eliminate any "unfired claim". Anyone know how much more than "service grade" price these sold for?
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Old August 28th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #5
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Devine JJH

I just picked up a Devine with the letters JJH in the stock #1193 looks to be in good shape. has all the NM work done to it. Going to put it to the test this week end. I have a full race M1A preband I used to compete with in state matches, so we will see how the JJH rifle shoots.

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Charlie,yes mine is birch,bedded.all NM mods and is smooth as velvert and is a tack driver,i sure wish we knew who this builder was,wonder if he is still with us.

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Old December 27th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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Texas era M1A rifles built by "J J H", a military armorer, for L H Gun Co. / Springfield Armory, Inc. (the Texas company) identified to date:

000049
001119
001122
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001197
001213
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The name of the military armorer with initials J J H who built match M1A rifles for Mr. Ballance was John Holden.

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The name of the military armorer with initials J J H who built match M1A rifles for Mr. Ballance was John Holden.
Well done! Do you know anything else about John Holden?

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Well done! Do you know anything else about John Holden?
I'm sorry, I do not. I have one of the J J H built M1A rifles. Mr. Holden put a lot of work into them if mine is typical of his craftsmanship.

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Awesome,another piece of the puzzle solved.Your exactly right ,the workmanship and detail he did on mine is scond to none.Thanks again Different.

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Add another one...

I have #001216, marked JJH in the barrel channel. NM throughout, nice bedding job.

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The name of the military armorer with initials J J H who built match M1A rifles for Mr. Ballance was John Holden.
Thanks for finding that out for us!

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Okay... Just got off of a phone call with Mr. Ballance. What an awesome thing it is to have someone that enjoys talking about what they built 40 years ago call you back based upon a caller id system... (His voice mailbox was full so I couldn't leave a message.)

He confirmed most of what I already knew (learned from this forum) about my recently acquired Devine #001216. (I'll post pictures of this beauty later.) But I was able to find out from him that JJH was (as mentioned earlier) John Holden. According to Mr. Ballance, John Holden was a military trained USAF armorer that was stationed at Lackland AFB. He built the rifles for the USAF Marksmanship Unit. Mr. Holden also worked for Mr. Ballance there in the shop, building NM rifles there. Mr. Holden retired from the USAF.

Mr. Ballance is a true gentleman, and was a real pleasure to speak to... He has a sense of humor as well: He advised me upon my revealing my serial number that he did have a recall on that rifle number and that he would have to have me send the rifle back!

Mr. Ballance is still in the business, building AR-15 9mm uppers and magwell inserts. He advised that he does still have M1A parts on hand and that if anyone is looking for something to give him a call. He can be reached at 830-663-5105.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #15
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Different & Raven6,

Thanks so much for the research and posting of this information. It solves a long standing question that many have had as to who was JJH. As a fortunate owner of a JJH built Devine (#001197) I can now include this documentation in my logbook.

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