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    M1 Garand Assignments by Serial Number

    Hello all,
    I had bookmarked the following URL that gave locations/units of where M1icon Garands and 03A3's were assigned. Although hits were limited, it was always nice to get a location of where one of your favorite rifles was assigned.



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    "http://www.jouster.com/serial/serial.html"

    Is this information now carried at another location. Thanks, Steve

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    that would be interesting, I wonder if that info was transfered over to this site?

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    M1 Rifle Numbers

    Hi, gents...

    As I recall, the information on the "old" Joustericon was limited to what serial number blocks were assigned to which manufacturers, and, in the case of SA / WRA WWII production, the approximate month and year of production. Post WWII rifles -- SA / IHC / HRA -- cannot be so dated as the records were not retained. A Google search for "M1 Serial Numbers" might work; alternatively, there's sure to be someone who has an internet URL at his/her fingertips.

    UPDATE: serial numbers for SA and WRA are available at http://www.fulton-armory.com/tea/m1serial.htm

    Unit of Assignment lists were available at one time from an outfit called Springfield Research, which has since gone out of business / inactive. That's the only one I remember, though I have been told on several occasions that such listings were not retained, either. Determining to whom a particular rifle was issued is chancy, at best, when it isn't downright impossible.

    HTH

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    Last edited by Ben Hartley; 04-13-2009 at 04:19 PM. Reason: added information

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    Also look HERE , at the Garandicon Armory.

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    Bob...

    WOW!

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    My, pleasure!

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    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    Using that old URL, I found only two of my rifles with a known limited history. It was like winning the lottery when you got a hit.

    They are:
    1903, Rock Island, Ser # 359xxx - Ft. Kamehameha - 03/02/25
    M1icon Garand, Winchester, Ser # 2503xxx, 10/44 - USMC - El Toro - 02/16/50

    Thanks again, Steve

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    garand serial numbers

    I found a winchester garand serial number 25031xx and was wondering if anyone knew how close this is to steve's usmc garand

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    Check "sticky" threads at top of forums for lots of good site references, period training films, blueprints and manuals on M1icon Garand/M14/M1A Rifles.

    Couple of examples regarding serial numbers …

    M1 Garand Dates of Manufacture (Born on Date)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Hartley View Post
    Hi, gents...



    Unit of Assignment lists were available at one time from an outfit called Springfield Research, which has since gone out of business / inactive. That's the only one I remember, though I have been told on several occasions that such listings were not retained, either. Determining to whom a particular rifle was issued is chancy, at best, when it isn't downright impossible.

    HTH

    Ben Hartley
    Springfield Research Service (SRS) is still in business. It was originally operated by Frank Mallory who passed away a few years back. The information fell into the hands of the new owner, and is much less user friendly. The DCM Sales letters are $50 and the rest are around $175, and you must subscribe to the quarterly magazine in order to be eligible to use the services. At one time the basic information was available on oldguns.net, but the new owner pulled the plug on that. Some of the information is great, while other just puts a serial number at a certain place on a certain date. It does not always differentiate the maker when you have serial number overlaps.
    The information was no where near complete. Most of the information came from serial numbers found in the National Archives by Mr. Mallory, and did not contain complete records. You probably have somewhere around a 1 in 100 chance of getting a hit on your serial number.

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