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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
  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
  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
  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
  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 t
  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 t
  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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