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  1. Thank you. I will try that.
  2. Dad served three years at Ft. Meade in the pre war days of the 1930's, in an armor unit. Then, he was recalled during WWII, even though my sister and I were already here. He knew that he could be deferred, because he had four brothers already on active military duty. Three of them were in combat. Plus his father was a farmer, so like many, he could have claimed that he was needed on his father's dairy farm. But, without hesitation, he went. The Army put him through tank commander's school at Ft. Knox and put three "acting Jack stripes" on his arm, but he only got a private's pay. For the final two years of the war, he trained new recruits how to handle the M4 Sherman tank. I still have the wool blouse that he wore home, when the war ended. The buck sgt. stripes are on it, along with the ruptured duck patch and armor patch. On the sleeve is the 3 year hash stripe, showing he'd put a hitch in already. Are there any museums that want that sort of WWII blouse to display? Best, Steven
  3. Thank you. I have already been learning some details that I did not know. Good site.
  4. Yes, the dreaded jaws used on the receiver to deface the receiver with import marks. Even though removing import marks is illegal, we all know that it has been done and when done right, cannot be detected. Does it really matter? Of course, while relatively new on WWII rifles, weapons from earlier wars have been changed in numerous ways to punch up values for decades. I've lost count of how many milsurp weapons have passed through my hands since 1964. The vast majority of buyers simply want a recognizable example of a firearm and care little about anything else being "right"!
  5. Disclaimer: I am not encouraging anyone to fire any firearm. Have your firearms inspected and make your own decisions whether to live fire, or not! I have been around firearms all my life. My dad took me small game hunting and we both enjoyed shooting groundhogs with our rifles. Dad had a Winchester Model 70 in 220Swift that he had to wait for when Winchester got back into making hunting rifles, following the lay off during WWII. I shot a Remington in 222Rem. When I first saw US Model 1903 Rifles on pawn shop racks, they were $12. Over the years, I bought and fired a number of them and then, when I wanted to try something else, I would put them for sale in the Sunday Baltimore Sunpaper classified ads and usually had them sold as soon as the Bull Dog addition came out Saturday evening. I mostly shot them using surplus M2 Ball ammo, but for deer hunting, I hand loaded and upped the loads to get higher muzzle velocity. I did not have any failures. The overall numbers of failures shown for US Model 1903 Rifles is very low and most of them are from loading the wrong cartridges. The USMC never did turn in their so called "low number" '03 Rifles and carried some of them through WWII. Again, everyone should make their own decisions, regarding what rifle they shoulder and fire, but for me, I will continue shooting my M1903 rifles.
  6. Most of us in the game when Blue Sky M1 Rifles came in, heard quickly that the heavy striking of the "import stamp" did deform the bores. Arlington Ordnance had a very lightly struck mark that in many cases, was barely readable. Then even later the BATF required the import mark to be on the receiver. DUH? Back then, as new M1 barrels were relatively inexpensive, many import barrels, I am sure, were swapped out. How many "experts" can pick up an Arlington Ordnance or Blue Sky import M1 Rifle, after the barrel was replaced, and ID it as an import. Furthermore, other than the BATF, who cares. For me, it has always been the search for good shooters, since I carried the M1 when I served with 2nd Armored. The M1 Rifles we carried had been rebuilt numerous times. We were issued steel wool and boiled linseed oil when we came in from being down range. After we polished those stocks, if there had been any cartouche, they soon went away. The draft was still in effect back then. Many draftees were hard on M1 Rifles. The Sgt. wanted shiny bores. Some draftees wrapped steel wool around brass bore brushes, soaked in Brasso and sawed the steel wool in and out of the bore, until it glistened. That was not done much, before the muzzle was "coned out" and would read beyond #5 on the gauge. All that happened, was that Ordnance troops, who inspected our pieces, pulled the rifle with worn bore and gave the troop another one.
  7. Costa, I agree. I do not "clean" stocks!
  8. I'm getting low. I only count 46 M1 Rifles left.
  9. Putting on new, but correct looking cartouche markings scares me. For many years, I took part in American War Between the States re enacting. There was a shop in Harpers Ferry where some re enactors took their repro, Italian made US Model 1861 musket/rifles to be "corrected" so in living history programs, the piece looked very "original". All Italian markings were removed, inside and out and after "correct" markings were applied, aging was done to the piece, one way or the other. This, especially after the re enactor carried it in campaigns and battles for some years and the piece looked more and more like it was used in the real war! Here is the scary part, the owner who had no idea that the piece would be passed off as "an original US Model 1861 Springfield", sooner or later gets too old to re enact, or dies and the corrected rifle/musket goes to a new owner, who may or may not know the history of the piece, being indeed, an Italian made reproduction. For certain, down the line, the reproduction is believed to be an original, as inside and out, it has the right look. It is aged by many campaigns in reenacting and by firing on the field. It has all the correct wear and the usual corrosion in the right places. Perhaps some "expert" will pick out something not "right", but most will not. So now the same is being practiced on WWII pieces and I guarantee, down the line they will be sold as "all original", which is sad.
  10. I have been collecting, buying and selling US M1 Rifles, since they were commonly available in the late 1960's. Before that, I could not afford them. The greatest watershed that I saw was the huge numbers that came in from Korea and were marketed by Blue Sky and Arlington Ordnance, up to the mid 1990's. At $220 each, the parts could bring in good profits from those rifles. I took off rare parts and sold complete rifles that I put back together as shooters. I had an antique and clock shop in Maryland back then. Locals were buying those returned M1 Rifles and M1 Carbines as fast as I could get them in. I was buying 20 or 30 and when I got down to 15, I'd phone and order more. Great times. Even today, I deal on the low end in shooter grade M1 Rifles. When will CMP run out?
  11. I have been viewing and owning scores of M1 rifles since leaving the 2nd Armored Division in Feb. '64, where we were among the final Regular Army units to carry the M1 Rifle, before we got M14 Rifles in the Fall of '63, just before the entire division was flown to W. Germany. Lately, I have seen more and more cartouche markings that just do not look "right". Anyone have hints about how to spot fakes? Specifically spot fakes other than that they are simply too crisp or are on beat stocks, but again, do not appear beat at all. Thank you, Steven
  12. Hello all, My interests in all things military began at a young age. I was born in July '42, so officially am a pre-war baby, since Mom was carrying me prior to the raid on Pearl. My Dad and his twin served 3 years in the 1930's in an armored unit at Ft. Meade, Md. When WWII came, the twins went back in. Charles, my Dad's twin gave up a guaranteed job away from the military, as a boiler maker, welding ships at the Baltimore Ship Yards, and became a Naval Armed Gun. Dad went back into Armor. Uncle Walter was a radio operator on two heavy cruisers and following action in the Pacific went thru the canal and was on the cruiser that took FDR to his final Big Three conference. Uncle Arthur was a combat engineer with 29th ID and landed on D-Day. After walking across France he entered Germany and stayed awhile as one of our occupation troops. Uncle Amos was just 17 when he was in CA. with USMC ready to ship out when the war ended. He and Uncle John were recalled and served during the Korean War. Uncle George joined the USAF in the 1950's and then Maryland National Air Guard, where he retired at nearly 70 years of age. When George reached mandatory retirement age, the Air Guard kept him in uniform more years, as an "advisor", as his CO told me that they could find no one who could run the big hanger as well as could George. My son enlisted the week that USMC barracks were blown up in Beirut. He served two years with 1/10 Cav., 4th ID. So, that is my modern military family history. I hold an 01FFL and for years, have traded in military long guns. I am a lifelong hunter and at age 78 am going this year to my lease in N. FL. to hunt white tail deer again. Cheers to all, Steven signed on as roysclockgun
  13. Thank you BenGunn. You nailed it. Further investigation shows it worth about $110. US. Best, Steven
  14. I appreciate the response. Hard to believe that an American made knife from the era would have a Swastika on the butt. Any idea why someone other than Germans of the period would put the high relief Swastika, molded into the aluminum?
  15. My uncle, Arthur Ashe, was combat engineer with the 29th Division, who walked from the Normandy beaches, across France and into Germany, staying on for time as occupation troops. He gave me this sheath knife. Can anyone ID the piece. The figures on the blade are dim, but appear to be "SEP 65". The Swastika on the butt of the knife is in high relief, molded into the aluminum grip. Thank you, in advance for any intel, regarding the piece. Best, Steven
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