Here's mine, USGI. The receiver was made in '44 at Springfield. The bolt is SA as well. Trigger group is H&R and hence post WWII, but with a SA trigger guard. It was re-barreled in '46 at SA (SA barrel) , making me wonder if it was used in marksmanship training, or if it saw wartime service overseas. The buttstock is walnut, and the hand guards shown are no longer on the rifle- I found better matching pieces. The buttstock bears no cartouches except for the "P" in a circle proof and an upside down "RIA" without a box surrounding it. It must have been sanded during arsenal rebuild. I don't know who made the stock. Winchester? I cannot yet grasp the nuances of stock ID. It's a CMP rifle, Service Grade, and a nice shooter. The metal shown is as-received from the CMP last year. As you can see, I have worked the buttstock extensively. It was a deep chocolate brown when I got it, cleaning just made it a dull brown, no real "Arsenal red", and it had deep gouges in three or four places, so I decided to sand it and re-finish with stain
Right after the wood cleaning. The forward hand guard is...birch? As you can see from the rear handguard, which is not sanded yet in this first series but was cleaned, the color was not very nice after cleaning, and this was with the H&R trigger guard:
Here's my latest photo, SA milled trigger guard installed, but with the now-replaced hand guards. I don't seem to have a current photo. The late afternoon light last fall really showed off the color after staining. It's a little deceptive; the buttstock is darker and a shade less red in the mid-day light but this is a nice photo
I wish I'd taken photos right out of the box, but I didn't have the presence of mind to. The metal shown however, is as clean as when it showed up at delivery- I tried to clean the rifle but it was just a waste of time- it was clean when I got it! Not even cosmoline in the magazine. Obviously re-parked but a nice job nonetheless
Edited by DesertRatTom, 26 October 2014 - 03:48 PM.
Transfer pictures from off site storage. drt