07-01-2012 11:21 AM
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Rick, mine is a low serial number (585497) and it went through an arsenal rebuild/upgrade in 1942 or 1943. BTW, I've shot it a lot over the last 40 years. I haven't shot in the last few years mainly because all the LSN hype.
We're surrounded, that simplifies things!
1944 Willys MB
Due to WWII, Springfield Armory ceased scrapping LN receivers about 1941.
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Thank You to Rick the Librarian For This Useful Post:
MY M1903 is a #779XXX made in Feb of 1918. It has a 5-19 barrel on it no Hatcher Holes and ended up being sold after WWII as surplus. It had the replacement C stock cut down and reshaped. And had been a Hunting rifle since the very early 1950's according to the old boy I bought it from His dad having bought it mail order for $17.00 and some change.
Since nothing was done to demil the receiver sights or barrel (still has the proper butt plate on it) I have just ordered all the parts I need to put it into a S type finger groove reproduction stock and get it back looking like it should.
Once done I'll start shooting it with handloads that are just slightly less pressure then a M2 ball round. Since it spent 50+ years shooting things like Remington 180 gr Corlocks and other hot factory rounds I'm not worried about my receiver.
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It's not the reciever , it's that silly little brass case you loaded jussssssst one too many times that'll get cha .
Rick said if the low number rifles were sent back to the factory, the low number receivers were scrapped. Right because there never was a recall on those receivers. The government didn't consider it a big deal. They left them in service for the most part. I suppose that's why you hear so much about them. There are still a lot of them out there and everybody has heard the CMP warning about these rifles.