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Old October 22nd, 2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Glen Nelson Rifles?

Does anyone know how to find out if a rifle was upgraded my Mr.Nelson?



The reason for my question is I picked up a M1A that left SA in October of 1981 as a standard model and it was later upgraded to a NM so I thought I would start with Mr.Nelson.




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Old October 22nd, 2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Call and ask SAI. They would send down standards to Glenn Nelson in Columbus, GA and he would send them back as NM and SM models. I have one of both. SAI customer service will have these records and can tell you. If it was sold as a standard by SAI and later upgraded I don't think there is much hope in finding out who did the work.

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Old October 22nd, 2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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Call and ask SAI. They would send down standards to Glenn Nelson in Columbus, GA and he would send them back as NM and SM models. I have one of both. SAI customer service will have these records and can tell you. If it was sold as a standard by SAI and later upgraded I don't think there is much hope in finding out who did the work.
Ten-4 I have spoke to SAI CS and it was sold as a standard model so I was just hoping to kinda track down who upgraded it and yes I know it was a long shot but I thought I would try LOL.



The other reason I was trying to track down the smith is I have never seen a brazed op rod guide, also being a newb to the M14/M1A platform have never seen this either and my local smith (In which Im totally convinced doesnt know jack shit about M1As) thinks its some ghetto basement job.




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Old October 22nd, 2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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I doubt someone is NM accurizing M14s along with employing brazing techniques in the ghetto. I agree your smith doesn't know squat. Probably just trying to figure out a way to make some money on fixing a phantom problem.

Details as such can help track this down as that is not common as I have seen and can't see why it wouldn't work well for securing the ORG.

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Op Rod guide welded to barrel?

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I doubt someone is NM accurizing M14s along with employing brazing techniques in the ghetto. I agree your smith doesn't know squat. Probably just trying to figure out a way to make some money on fixing a phantom problem.

Details as such can help track this down as that is not common as I have seen and can't see why it wouldn't work well for securing the ORG.
O you have no clue what my smith thinks he knows it utterly depressing hence why I came here to get some real answers to my sometimes dumb questions.



Thank you very much I really do appreciate it.

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yup, that's how they did it back then, dovetailed and brazed op rod guide. My Glenn Nelson era supermatch is built just like that. It sure worked.

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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:13 AM   #9
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Glenn Nelson died in 2005. If you have a receiver serial # you can call SAI and get a history up to the time the factory shipped it. If it went out as a SM built in Glenn Nelson's shop in Georgia the SAI record will so reflect.

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Glenn Nelson died in 2005. If you have a receiver serial # you can call SAI and get a history up to the time the factory shipped it. If it went out as a SM built in Glenn Nelson's shop in Georgia the SAI record will so reflect.
All I got from SAI is that it left as a Standard model in October of 1981 and thats where my trail went cold I was just asking about Mr.Nelson due to the fact that SAI sent the rifles to him to be upgraded.I was really hoping that thier was a database of some kind that had serial numbers of rifles he did to referance mine...........................Long shot I know but it was worth a try.

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Mr. Nelson would have had to hold a FFL 01 with Gunsmithing in it or even a 04 Manufacturing. His bound record books would have gone to BATFE archives after his business ended. You can check the BATFE regulations for whether a former licensee's records are open to FOIA request, but somehow I don't think so. Good luck.

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I seem to remember that his records did not survive his passing. His records were a discussion point here several years ago. Whether it was the family or sold with inventory I don't remember. He worked over one of mine as well and it was a wonderful performer. SAI can probably tell that they sent it but will not know what he did.

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Smile identifying glen nelson rifle

yes I can help you find that information. I work with his son and he has his fathers books that tell every one he made. all you need is the serial number and I will get it to him and should be able to tell you if he made that one. email me at sre8211@aol.com.

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