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    I research at National Archives locations and specialize in Marine Corps. I've copied tens of thousands of pages of Marine docs on rifles and pistols and have been building databases of Marine weapons for a long time. There aren't a lot of Marine locations left that I haven't hit.

    But I'm sorry to say there is about 0 chance that is real. All armorers and docs state they were not marked in any way with USMC as you describe. I remember maybe 20 years ago there was a guy that was famous for stamping USMC in stocks or metal and charging a premium. I'm fuzzy on that story, as it's been a long time ago. But I imagine it's a similar deal as this rifle.

    If by some chance it was real. It would a one off and no way to authenticate it. But I really don't think it's real at all by your description.

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    Long shot: someone could have reworked a Sedgley USMC barrel with WW2 date into a M1icon rifle barrel stub. It would be easy to identify. The US Navy sold
    surplus M1903A1 barrels for years at Great Lakes (I still have one with the vise marks too).

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    NM Op Rod

    The NM op rod was simply a replacement rod, nothing special about it. Springfield requested that 20,000 be reserved for the NM program, so they were marked NM to keep them from being diverted elsewhere. When the NM program terminated, the leftovers were used for regular rebuilds and are quite common.

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