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    30 Nov 2021 Garand Picture of the Day




    U.S. Springfield Armory M1icon Garand "gas trap" style that was reportedly presented (undocumented) to Brig. Gen. Norman F. Ramsey as a display rifle showing the new screw in type gas cylinder. The rifle itself is a very late, unnumbered production receiver that is marked on the side with drawing number/heat lot information: "C1/A R D 28291-2" which would probably indicate production around serial number 45000. The rear of the receiver is only marked: "U.S. RIFLE/CAL.30 M1/SPRINGFIELD ARMORY" with no serial number (never was numbered!) The production barrel is marked with only a single letter "N" on the right side with a single punch marked "P" firing proof on the front beveled area where the barrel steps down. The various parts are marked as follows: bolt: reversed "(R30)/D-28287/D" 1, trigger housing: "D28290", trigger guard: milled "C-46025", with the circular rings on the rear area, bullet guide: first revision marked "B--8875", hammer: "C46008-1", safety: unmarked, operating rod: unmarked and non-modified, double recoil spring with the square spring coils, early operating rod guide, follower arm: single bevel marked "9" follower and slide assembly: revision 4. The barrel is fitted with the early arched and grooved middle barrel band with the lower scalloped edges, with an early grooved rear handguard clip. It is fitted with the early The rear sight set is a later revision with serrated edges on the windage and elevation caps, with the closed arrows on both sides, that is marked "Battle Range" markings on the elevation knob, and the rear sight cover is marked "B-8872-2". It has a second variation "Gas Trap" gas cylinder that is unmarked with a second revision, unmarked gas plug. It is fitted with a second revision front sight that is marked on the right sides, "SA12703-0". It is fitted with an early long barrel channel walnut stock that is only stamped with a single small circled "P" proof in the pistol grip area which is fitted with a early no-butt trap designed buttplate. There are no other drawing numbers of sub-inspection proofs anywhere.




    Brigadier General Norman F. Ramsey


    Interesting read about Ramsey's Son

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    What a nice rifle...love to examine that one.
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    Amazing! I'm with Jim, I'd love to examine that!
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    Reached out to the owner if he would support a GCAicon Article on this rifle - will see if he responds
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    I do find it a bit odd that there is no mention of Ramsey on the placard and the post WWII DoD inspection mark at the top as well. Ramsey retired in 1944 and was called back into service at the Springfield Armory and finally retired in September 1945. Probably given to him in the mid-50's on a visit or re-union.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fjruple View Post
    I do find it a bit odd that there is no mention of Ramsey on the placard and the post WWII DoD inspection mark at the top as well. Ramsey retired in 1944 and was called back into service at the Springfield Armory and finally retired in September 1945. Probably given to him in the mid-50's on a visit or re-union.
    wonder if they had a bunch of these with unserviceable parts that they gifted as required
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