This is a discussion on Record of Texas M1A Rifles within the Devine M1A forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I do know if this info is helpful, but I have serial # 2600 receiver that was built into a service grade rifle with all ...
I just picked up ser. no. 001119. No Devine markings on the barrel (believe me, I looked). TRW bolt, SAK op-rod, SA trigger group, a CA match barrel, NM front and rear sights, unitized gas cylinder (screwed and glued), and a polished bolt head and operating rod polished where it slides through the op-rod guide. It is bedded in a polyurethane finished stock, has "1119" and the initials "JJK" stamped in the barrel channel, and the inside of the fiberglass handguard is painted silver.
They very well may be "JJH". I threw out "JJK" as a first try, but on second inspection it is "JJH". Its probably the curvature of the barrel channel that threw me off. If I had a camera I'd take a picture . . . Next purchase.
Here's another SA M1A that I've acquired. Ser# 004002, manufactured 10/75 and built with a TRW bolt, HRA op rod, HR-N trigger group, standard sights (front and back), and no markings whatsoever on the barrel. It has a polished op-rod where it slides through the op-rod guide, the gas cylinder has been unitized (screwed and glued) and the rifle is set in a very nicely bedded USGI stock with very clear cartouches (no builders initials in the stock).
Last edited by M1AScout; June 19th, 2010 at 02:02 PM.
I have 000942. Bought it in Feb 2000 for $1800. RT1 BX 210 DEVINE TEX one line engraved, not roll stamped. Standard grade weapon though it was in a GI Walnut Stock that already had the routing done for NM Bedding. Routing appears to be factory done, it's just too precise. Since purchase I've put on a welded SAI gas tube assembly, NM Front and Rear sights and a BPT Op Rod Guide. Had it in a XM25 configuration for many years. It was all period correct for the model. See it at snipercentral.com/m25.htm. Mine is the top color picture. No longer looks like that. I've gone back to the walnut stock which, after all these years, I'm finally having steel bedded. In the shop now. Outfitted now with a USGI ART II scope. Its this retro fever that I caught when putting together a couple of Vietnam ARs (M16A1 and XM177E2) and snagged up a couple of 1943 1911A1s (Colt and Remington). Also installing a SparrowHawkM14 FDS-Std Dummy Selector Lock and Connector Kit to complete the weapon. Sure it won't be Vietnam vintage but then I would have to have a Redfield or AR TEL scope for that. It'll do until I can find one of them that I don't have to mortgage the house for.