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Old September 19th, 2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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Jeff Ettinger connection?

I have an M1A, sn 1221, and marked on the right side of the barrel, just forward of the receiver, is deeply engraved the name Jeff Ettinger.
There is no Devine address on the barrel or anywhere else.
Barrel is HR 7-64-0
Op rod is HRA
Trigger group is mostly TRW
Red birch stock with circle P and ORD emblem.

I bought the rifle 5 1/2 years ago from the son of what might have been the original owner, but he had no real info to offer.

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Old September 20th, 2015, 04:03 AM   #2
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If the rifle looks like a safe queen or very lightly used, my guess is that the receiver was sold stripped and then built into a rifle in the 1970s. Assuming the seller's last name is not Ettinger, then Jeff Ettinger was likely the builder and/or the original owner.

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Old September 20th, 2015, 05:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I should have included that Ettinger is not the name of the guys father that sold it to me. I asked the son if he knew who Ettinger was and he had no idea.
The rifle has seen a fair amount of use. Not a safe queen by any stretch.
I wondered if Ettinger was a known builder/gunsmith?

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Old September 21st, 2015, 10:07 PM   #4
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The rifle has seen a fair amount of use. Not a safe queen by any stretch. I wondered if Ettinger was a known builder/gunsmith?
Could be but I have no information regarding Jeff Ettinger. It's possible he was a gunsmith. Thanks for the follow up.

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Old September 29th, 2015, 04:04 PM   #5
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Can I see pics of your elcropencil?

I have one marked the exact same way but its not legible.

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Old September 30th, 2015, 06:51 AM   #6
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armorer initials cut in channel

My M1A is s/n1213. Initials JJH cut in channel. The Devine site has this armorer identified and I believe Holden is his last name. USAF. Since your s/n is only a few digits away from mine, I think it may have been in a group of rifles farmed out by Elmer to other armorers. Mine is NM all the way with medium barrel.

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Old September 30th, 2015, 06:59 AM   #7
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What about electro penciling under the rear sight base? Any of the Devines exhibit that? Or is that a national match armorers thing?

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Old October 30th, 2015, 06:07 PM   #8
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Can I see pics of your elcropencil?

I have one marked the exact same way but its not legible.
I will post a photo tomorrow.
Sorry for the slow reply. I have been on this site in while.

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Old October 31st, 2015, 03:59 AM   #9
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I've not heard of that name. Many of the receivers of the 70-80s were sold stripped.

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Old November 1st, 2015, 07:02 PM   #10
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According to Elmer "only about 150" of his were sold as receivers.

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Old November 2nd, 2015, 02:27 PM   #11
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When the Reese's bought out L&H Gun Co., Elmers outfit, they received several hundred of Elmers serialed receivers in the buy. At first they used them to build rifles during the first few months. They also salted away quite a few. Around late '80 or '81, they issued a flier with sale specials and parts etc. This was sent to dealers and gunsmiths. They listed a large number of early Devine receivers running from low double digits to the higher range of law 4 digits in the 3 thou and 4 thou range for sale. These were high priced compared to a new SAI receiver which was $125 or so as I recall. Some of these ran in to the $400 and up range. I remember that because I was occasionally building an M1A at the time for customers and needed a receiver and bought one at the time. While I did own a "Devine" at the time, my customer didn't want to pay for one of these. Several times I have wished that I had saved that sale flier. It showed the serial number of every Texas receiver they had that was for sale and the prices of each one which varied.

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