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    Mystery of DCM date format.

    I am the 2nd owner of a SA M1icon rifle, and the original owner saved all the DCM paperwork, sales receipts, and original FM 23-5 & TM9-1275 manuals. All the data shows he received the rifle in 1986.



    The "DD FORM 1348-1A" "1 MAR 74" seems to have a very un-military date format. The Document Date is "86106". The Packed date is "86111". The ship date is "86113". The owner's receipts from Amherst Arms for M1 parts & accessories are dated 7-86.

    Since the M1 parts were purchased in 7-86, the DCM dates must be 1-6-86, 1-11-86, & 1-13-86 (January rather than Oct. & Nov.). Why would he buy parts before receiving the rifle?

    Has anyone else encountered this date format?? The one part of the form that is no mystery is the price: $94.30....for a M1 rifle! WOW!

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    106th, 111th, and 113th day of 1986?
    That would be close, right?

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    First, I'm thinking the 86106 means the 106th day of 1986 or about mid-April.
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    That is called the Julian Date. 86= 1986 ,
    106 etc = 106th day of 1986

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    Originally the Army used 4-digit Julian dates with just the last number of the year, so the above would have been 6106. It was intended to facilitate maintenance that had to be done periodically, so you could look at the date number and add 30, 60, 90 days or whatever. There was always the problem of knowing the decade, but it wasn't really intended for the long term. Making a 5-digit number answered that.
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