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    Quote Originally Posted by ajconti View Post
    The barrel date is 5/54 I cant seem to be able to pin point when the reciever was made like you can with the other makers.
    That's because IHC's record keeping was spotty at best. Also remember, the rifles were NOT assembled in numerical order.
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    That's because IHC production was wildly irregular, including a 3-month halt while they looked for the cause of jamming. After that they did all kinds of things to catch up or solve problems, like buying receivers from SA. Then they sold the plant and negotiated out of the M1icon contract early. The result was a LOT of irregularities.
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    so basically no one can tell for sure if the rifle I have is correct or not? It just seems that manufacturing issues and lack of record keeping makes the task almost impossible.


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    Maybe just comparing your rifle to the one that Scott Duff illustrates will be as close as you can get? There ARE other guys here that can make an educated guess...
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    There have been enough probable originals that in general we know what they look like. For example, we learned a LOT from the Police Sales back in the 1980s, many of the returns were IHCs. Wood was rotted, exteriors were sometimes rusty, but the interiors were often like new and appeared original.
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    I ordered 2 of scott duffs books one on wwii garands and one on the post war. I seen the canifield book but that one was pricey is it worth the money?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ajconti View Post
    I ordered 2 of scott duffs books one on wwii garands and one on the post war. I seen the canifield book but that one was pricey is it worth the money?
    Yes. The Duff books are getting long in the tooth as far as the information they contain. Canfield's book incorporates much more recent information that's been gleaned in the intervening years. I would buy all three if it were me.


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    Yes, Canfield's books are worth the money too... You need several to be able to cross reference.
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    I think the guy's name is Wayne Bradford. Actually, if you read through his posts, he gives some great information. Copy his posts and paste into a Word Document and you have the book!

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    You haven't posted near enough pics to tell if rifle is correct or not. Not all parts will be stamped IHC, some are letter coded others you have to look for characteristics. If you don't understand what those are looking at certain parts let me know and I will help
    Here is my all original IHC Postage Stamp you can use for comparison
















    IHC front sights come in two widths, this is the narrower of the two























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