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    USMC on (S) barrel means United Shoe Manufacture Co.?!

    Someone's telling me the USMC on my Sedgley barrel doesn't stand for US Marine... could that be right?


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    It is a little confusing. M1917 bolts will be found marked USMC. NOT the United Statesicon Marine Corps. Sedgley did make many '03 barrels for the Marine Corps. They will be found on many WWII dated '03 barrels. A little confusing.

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    Sedgley contracted with Winchester (and maybe others) to make barrels for the Marines. The USMC on the Sedgley barrel stands for "United Statesicon Marine Corps" and there should be a "S" in a circle also. Most of the ones mounted by the Marines will have a 1941 date.

    The shoe company didn't really need the barrels:-).

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    usmc on a M1917 bolt is United Shoe Machine Company
    usmc on a 1903 barrel, is a Sedgley made barrel, and was made for the US Marines,
    however, having said barrel on your rifle doesnt make it a Marine issue rifle.
    more confused???lol.

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    Sedgley Barrels

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Tarletonicon View Post
    Sedgley contracted with Winchester (and maybe others) to make barrels for the Marines.

    :-).

    Jim.
    You are misinformed.

    J.B.

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    Hey paratrpr,

    I was confused about that a while back and J.B. asked what I was smokin' and he set the record straight. Those barrels are Marine.

    Can we see photos of your rifle, maybe it IS a USMC? That starts other interestin' issues.

    Regards,

    Lancebear

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    over the last 10 years iv installed more then a few USMC barrels,.
    you can bet, those rifles arent Marine rifle,s.
    again, a USMC barrel, doesnt make it a Marine rifle.
    just a 1903 with a post war replacement barrel, and maybe a bent barrel to boot.

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    I thought the USMC bbls were war production spares. Are they post-war? Chris

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    towards the end, most were bent and sold as scrap.

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    Cool Not the first time.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Beardicon View Post
    You are misinformed.

    J.B.
    A series of letters were sold on eBay about a year ago, maybe more, that appeared to be correspondance between Sedgley and Winchester over WRA making the USMC barrels. Did I miss something, or just mis-interpret the letters?

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