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Old February 20th, 2016, 02:45 PM   #1
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1974 American Rifleman M1a Devine article

found this magazine of the American Rifleman dated 1974 . has an article on the M1A Devine Tx. rifle from Elmer Ballance. the rifle that the article evaluation is number 001562.

reason i bought the magazine is i have # 001582 which is 20 units from the article picture ,which i thought was pretty darn close to mine.
so anyway i hope you like this here are some pics ,maybe someone here has 001562(your rifle is famous )
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found this magazine of the American Rifleman dated 1974 . has an article on the M1A Devine Tx. rifle from Elmer Ballance. the rifle that the article evaluation is number 001562.

reason i bought the magazine is i have # 001582 which is 20 units from the article picture ,which i thought was pretty darn close to mine.
so anyway i hope you like this here are some pics ,maybe someone here has 001562(your rifle is famous )
here is mine.
PS, that is Mr Garand on front cover that is the month/year he passed away. he is holding a Garand ( of course)
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found this magazine of the American Rifleman dated 1974 . has an article on the M1A Devine Tx. rifle from Elmer Ballance. the rifle that the article evaluation is number 001562.

reason i bought the magazine is i have # 001582 which is 20 units from the article picture ,which i thought was pretty darn close to mine.
so anyway i hope you like this here are some pics ,maybe someone here has 001562(your rifle is famous )
Guns Illustrated 1975 edition has an article by Mason Williams titled "New Springfield Armory Rifle" pages 51,52 and 53. Its a review of the new M1A by L&H Gun Co of Devine Texas. From the photos it appears the serial number of the supplied tested weapon was 001142.

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In 1975 I bought 001201 for $299.95 and a Winchester Model 70 Target in .308 for $329.95 (on the same day). Back then, before a submarine patrol out of Scotland, we were paid 3 months pay in advance so I could afford nice guns, several at a time.

That article was probably one of the reasons I purchased the M1A. I do wish I still had it though.

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In 1975 I bought 001201 for $299.95 and a Winchester Model 70 Target in .308 for $329.95 (on the same day). Back then, before a submarine patrol out of Scotland, we were paid 3 months pay in advance so I could afford nice guns, several at a time.

That article was probably one of the reasons I purchased the M1A. I do wish I still had it though.

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Guns magazine did a test report in Jan 1976 on the M1A. Article titled "The Springfield Armory M1A A Military Competitor Goes Civilian" by James D. Mason. Article gives history of Devine guns and goes on about sale to Reese
Surplus Industries. Test report is on a National Match rifle but no serial number is given and no photos of receiver heel.

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