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Old May 28th, 2016, 09:59 PM   #1
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Springfield M1A 3 Digit Serial Number Info Rerquested

Obviously joined to get more information.
This appears to be just the best place to help one interested in learning more.
Trying to learn more about this particular rifle.

Hopefully the images will tell you enough over what I can say. I have very limited knowledge of these.
I did absolutely research as much as I could about the early ones.
This appears to be an unmolested National Match in the 900 serial range.
So 1972 manufacture I think. The action is bedded. Rear Sight and barrel marked NM. The trigger unit was not attempted to be removed due to concerns over disrupting the bedding. Upper handguard was not removed. There appears to be bedding compound under the rear heat shield clip.
The trap door on the buttstock was opened but none of the items removed from within. So left in place.
This is about as much information I was easily able to learn about the physical gun.
There appears to be no other lettering on the barrel. If there is I may be able to direct the individual where to look.
Not looking for an estimation of pricing/value. This in keeping with the forum rules.
Just trying to discover any additional information from the many experts here.

Thanking you in advance for any and all help.











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Old May 29th, 2016, 07:34 AM   #2
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That's real nice!
SAK NM barrel is nice, I'd gage it just to see.
Being 40 sum year ole, I doubt the bedding Is tight, just go slow and easy.
Glen Nelson did most of SAIs match rifles, but being as early as yours it's hard to say.
Call Springfield. Give em SN.

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Old May 29th, 2016, 12:42 PM   #3
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Are there any initial in the bedding compound under the action? Looks like a nice rifle

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Old May 29th, 2016, 02:19 PM   #4
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Very nice looking rifle. Could possible be built by John Holden, who built match rifles for Elmer Ballance. If so, it will have his initials, JJH, stamped in the barrel channel.

How Many "JJR" Marked Rifles?

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Old May 29th, 2016, 02:34 PM   #5
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I was waiting on that reply. Didn't want to mention that because I'm unsure of the facts, I just know what deacon told me about the one he had.

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Old May 29th, 2016, 03:54 PM   #6
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What's with these old serial numbers getting resurrected lately? People must be
Passing on.
Nice rifle, I wish it was mine.
Call SA with the SN

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Old May 29th, 2016, 04:49 PM   #7
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I doubt SAI would have any info on it or Glen Nelson even touched it, as its a Elmer Balance era rifle. All in all with good ammo it should make for a good shooter.

I did notice that it has the sight disk glued too the receiver ear.

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Old May 29th, 2016, 05:32 PM   #8
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That's real nice!
SAK NM barrel is nice, I'd gage it just to see.
Being 40 sum year ole, I doubt the bedding Is tight, just go slow and easy
Busted's probably right about the bedding. If it was mine, I'd have to take it apart to see what all the parts are, check the condition, clean and re-lube. Plus, we'd like to see more pics!

You can search the Devine section for barrel markings. If it's the original barrel it will be marked, at least the ATF required it. Most of them are on the bottom of the barrel between the gas cylinder and the flash suppressor. I have seen reported on the forum of markings under the hand guard (another reason to disassemble). There's also the possibility it was re-barreled.

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Old May 30th, 2016, 09:23 AM   #9
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Thanks guys.
I will follow up and get the additional images.
I have confirmed there is no lettering forward of the gas transfer area other then NM.
So obviously he will need to disassemble.

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Thanks guys.
I will follow up and get the additional images.
I have confirmed there is no lettering forward of the gas transfer area other then NM.
So obviously he will need to disassemble.
There is the possibility that if there is no address the barrel was replaced sometime in the rifles life or that it was a receiver that was sold or traded for parts.

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Old May 30th, 2016, 01:35 PM   #11
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I also noticed the repair disk. There is a chance that this rifle was used heavily by a match shooter, who wore out the elevation. And who knows how many barrels it has had!

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I'm curious if there is an address.
Being a SAK barrel I would bet there is. Unless someone replaced it with somthing they would have used in that era, to be somewhat correct for the rifle.
Be sure and let us know of any stampings you find under the stock please.

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I was able to get some additional images.
They heat shield is also epoxied in place on the front so not easy to remove that cover.
No initials observed in the barrel channel for the stock.
Top of hammer is polished.










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Old May 30th, 2016, 09:55 PM   #15
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Nice rifle you have there Matt. Thanks for posting.
Interesting it has a solid (brass?) pin securing the op rod guide,, and even tho I had heard of and posted this other trick for "stabilizing" the hand guard, I have never actually seen one done. Note the HG retainer clip where it meets the barrel. The clip groove in the barrel has been staked to help prevent the HG from moving front to back.

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