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Old September 21st, 2016, 10:21 AM   #1
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Keep me out of trouble

As many of you have figure out, I know very little about anything. Shortly after I bought my Fed Ord M14SA, I also bought ($30) a spare wood stock with all the metal to Rust-o-leum texture ($12) and bang around with. Months later after multiple coats of texture paint, I found a NM stamped in the channel oh well, typical for me. So Ive just bought a M1 and trying to keep from doing something stupid I should not to something I am not an expert on.

General: This is a CMP Service grade. The hang tag gave barrel TE 1+ & MW 1+. I see the LEAD 6-66 written on the receiver for Letterkenny Arsenal Depot June 1966. (Snyper762 will think the 6-66 is cool). If my understanding is correct, it is a Dec. 1943 SA receiver. SA bolt and the trigger group has SA on the housing, hammer & safety. There is an O on the bottom inside of the trigger guard? All the metal looks almost new to me, very clean and uniform in the parker (except the safety is much blacker & sight knobs are a little worn) plus a small bit of receiver wear on the windage ear but again, I am not expert.

Stock: The stock is very dark (almost black - Cosmoline?) it is not sticky/oily. As seen in the pic it has a label 6-20 Im guessing to be a rack/inventory number of not much importance? I plan to leave it alone. There is the P on the wrist but no circle or other marks as best I can tell. I cannot seen anything on the left side wood where a cartouche would be maybe I just need to look harder?

Barrel: It does not have the drawing number on the right side as I see in most pics. After removing the rear handguard I found numbers on the top of the barrel. Looks like D-35448-22SA and there is a very faint something stamped after that but I cannot make it out. There are three III lines stamped above the -22SA and a sideways U below the main number? I presume it is a SA barrel? Can anyone tell me more about the barrel, like year?

If the stock is nothing special, I plan to strip it and re-oil it. But I dont want to make a mistake as I did with my M14SAs painted NM. Im desperately trying to come up to speed on my general knowledge of the M1. I also know from reading on this forum that I wont ever be an expert with all there is to know about these great rifles. So what have I got here & what have I got wrong in my understanding of things so far?

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Old September 21st, 2016, 10:27 AM   #2
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Old September 21st, 2016, 11:09 AM   #3
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Stock sounds to be an OVERTON.

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Old September 21st, 2016, 02:16 PM   #4
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"LEAD 6-66 written on the receiver for Letterkenny Arsenal Depot June 1966. "

One minor correction (but it annoys me!): LEAD stands for Letterkenny Army Depot; no 'Arsenal' involved. RRAD is Red River Army Depot. See a trend here?

Oh, and nice rifle!

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Old September 21st, 2016, 03:14 PM   #5
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The stock is a birch repalacement that was stained so it is dark
I would not touch a thing. The rifle was refinished when it went through the rebuild so yes the parts do look new although are used but in spec.
The60's rebuilds have become collectable and IMO you are better off leaving everything as is
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Old September 21st, 2016, 03:46 PM   #6
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Nice score. I agree with orlando to not touch a thing. Take to range, insert clip, fire 8 and repeat as needed!

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Old September 21st, 2016, 03:54 PM   #7
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Wow that rifle is sweet
I'm kinda thinking like the others leave it original and run it down range

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Old September 21st, 2016, 04:27 PM   #8
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Shoot it and let us know how it is. Nice rifle!

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Old September 21st, 2016, 04:45 PM   #9
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The stock is a birch repalacement that was stained so it is dark
I would not touch a thing. The rifle was refinished when it went through the rebuild so yes the parts do look new although are used but in spec.
The60's rebuilds have become collectable and IMO you are better off leaving everything as is
Nice rifle
I agree with Orlando on this one, and will add this. Those 60s rebuilds are not just becoming "collectable" they tend to be really good shooters too.

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Old September 21st, 2016, 04:47 PM   #10
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If you really don't like the dark stock, I've got a spot in my gun safe that it will just fit in so you could send it to me.lol

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Years ago everyone turned up their noses at those 60's rebuilds except me ,I always liked them. Now everyone has seen the light and they bring a premium

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Old September 22nd, 2016, 09:16 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone!

Will keep "as is" + a light cleaning and lube since it seems very dry.

I'm really jazzed about how nice this rifle seems. Much nicer than what I expected given CMP's own description of Service Grade.

This is sappy but I feel more like a caretaker than an owner, and yes I realize this piece likely never saw field service but who knows...

If anyone can tell me more about the barrel?

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If anyone can tell me more about the barrel?
Whats stamped on the side of the barrel?

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Old September 23rd, 2016, 08:33 AM   #14
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Whats stamped on the side of the barrel?
Nothing.

That is nothing on the side, but on the very top is a drawing? number, and I can't detect a year-date.

Barrel: It does not have the drawing number on the right side as I see in most pics. After removing the rear handguard I found numbers on the top of the barrel. Looks like D-35448-22SA and there is a very faint something stamped after that but I cannot make it out. There are three III lines stamped above the -22SA and a sideways U below the main number? I presume it is a SA barrel? Can anyone tell me more about the barrel, like year?
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 09:56 AM   #15
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Suggest you look that barrel over VERY carefully. That's the WW2 drawing number with a lot number, but it would normally carry a date in the right hand operating rod cutout.

Any proofs in that area?? "P" or "M" or ordnance marking?

It's not necessarily "rare", but if there's no date in the right "window" on an SA unit, that's at least unusual and interesting.

The postwar number is 6535448.

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