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    Springfield M1922M

    Recently I picked up this Springfield M1922M. It came with a B&L Balfor 6x24 scope. I wasn't totally sure of which model it was, as the LGS where I purchased it had it marked an M2, which I was sure it wasn't. So I removed the scope and rear scope base to take some pics. I belong to SRS and would like to get more info on it. How do I go about finding info on my M1922M and to find out if it would be worth getting a letter? Do I just e-mail Wayne Gagner with the serial number? Any help or additional info anyone can tell me would be greatly appreciated.
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    Your rifle, #19649, is shown in the SRS records as a 1922M1 with the NRA stock that was sold on 2-13-31. It would have come drilled and tapped for scope blocks.
    It would have a rust blue finish. The finish looks to shiny, as it shows up on my monitor, to be the
    rust blue. When the rifles left Springfield Armory as new items the bolt well, round channel the bolt
    travels in was in the white. This area is easily seen around the top of the magazine opening. If it is
    blued, the rife has been reblued. The extension to the bottom of the pistol grip and the globe type
    front sight are aftermarket items. A copy of the DCM sales record card can be obtained from SRS at a cost of $65.00. Plus
    you have to be a subscriber to U S Martial Arms Collector to get the letter, which you mention
    you already are. The sales record card will show the date of sale, name of the buyer and city
    of residence of the buyer. If you have any more questions don't hesitate to post them
    or contact me by private message. I have been studying and collecting the 1922 series rifles
    for 30 years and have accumulated a decent amount of reference material about them and
    will be happy to discuss the rifle with you. It is worth the cost to me to get the sales record.
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    Herschel, Thank you very much!! Granted, the pictures aren't the best. I took them in my basement, not the best lighting, also I just wiped it down with some clp. The bolt well is in the white. The buttpad and the pistol grip seem to be some sort of reddish material, not rubber, maybe some sort of fiber? Also, I forgot to mention that the barrel date is 3-30. Again, Thank you for your great reply, I'll send Wayne the money and request a letter.

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    Sounds like the finish is original and from the photos a high percentage of it remains. Back in the 1960's the Balvar 24 was considered one of the best
    scopes. I have owned a couple and the only fault had with them was that windage and elevation rings tended to get stiff and hard to turn.

    If the stock has not been shortened an original buttplate can be found for the rifle.

    Congratulations on finding a fine rifle and scope. The bolt should have the serial number of the bottom. Since the rifle has been in the hands of private citizens since 1931 I would
    expect the original numbered bolt to be in it.

    Herschel

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    Yes, the bolt is numbered to the rifle. I always liked the Balvar also, I remember my uncle had one on his Winchester varmint .243 win that he used to hunt groundhogs. He was a Army Sniper in Korea. It's a little late in the game, I'm 66, but I am trying to make up for lost time in trying to collect 1903 U.S. Springfields and any other's, 1903 RIA, 1903A3's, 1922's, any any book's on them that I can find. I think it helps me to set a goal and persue it. I believe it's the hunt that drives us. Now, the only that becomes a problem is deciding what other firearms I can do without in pursuit of other 03's. Again, Thank you!
    Randy


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