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  1. Also, take a close look at the wood. The finger rail and stock at the grip portion should be very crisp on the edges if it is a original, non arsenal rebuilt. The sanding process dulls those edges. The stock is typically larger than the butt plate, a term used is "the wood is proud", meaning the stock was not heavily sanded. My research shows 1917's were overhauled and put into storage well prior to WW2 and those rifles do not have rebuild marks typically seen on Garands.
  2. Hello I believe your 1917 is a WW2 rebuild. I have a few that came covered in cosmoline and green paper. They were purchased through the DCM in the 1960's. DCM was the precursor to the CMP. Just saying that the park and wood look identical to mine. At 500, you did quite well. They just don't show up very often. Not rare, but it is in very good condition.
  3. Hate to say it but looks put together based on the pictures. At a minimum the chin strap was replaced. Way too clean and doesn't match the interior liner wear so that would be a big read flag for me...like it was put together. $75.00 Ok, but not 300+
  4. Been away a long time, and friend gave me several boxes of the pictured. Looks like it was "repacked 9-44" anyone know what that means/ Headstamps are PC 43. Value? Shoot/Hold? Thank you.
  5. AZ - thanks for all the info. Letters reunited with family.....
  6. Thank you AZ!- That is pretty...well it's quite interesting and more information then I thought. Any suggestions on returning the items and not sounding like a fraudster? - Chris
  7. To whom: 2 years ago I was transferred to a midnight shift, so I haven't been around the forum for a while. I have missed it, and I guess it is time to revisit. Last week our family was in Erie, PA and a family member located 7 "Love Letters" at an estate sale. The letters were addressed: To: Miss. Lucille Martin R.D. #2 Springfield, OH From: S/Sgt. Geo. Dumitras Dibble Gen Hosp. Menlo Park, CA The family member picked them up for us b/c we lived in Menlo Park for 4 years. The letters appear to be dictated, they are typed. Discussing
  8. Repro's (good) go for $25, so $35-65 would be a good price for an original.
  9. Sometimes I find it remarkable that they did not strip the lock bar sight off and sell them. Goes to show there are some pieces out there, I personally think this one survived because it was rough. Otherwise one could speculate it would have been sold. GREAT STORY, I would read these stories for years and not get bored at all. I wonder how many M1's are left at CMP. Waiting on the 1911's.
  10. $400 - $800 for something nice. In the Richmond, VA area, $150 would buy you a sporterized or parts gun. A good number of 1917's were arsenal rebuilt for WWII. They will have mixed parts but are safe to shoot. I would pick up this reference guide for starters: https://www.amazon.com/P-17-AMERICAN-ENFIELD-J-C-Harrison/dp/B000H7Q2VC
  11. Looks re parkerized. Does the slide match the frame by manufacturer? Any US inspection/ordinance marks? If no, then it's a 700.00 -900.00 gun. If all matching, non repark, closer to 2K. Hard to tell.
  12. In reference to the below listed thread, can anyone point me in the direction of researching a Signla Corps photo from WW1 era? Thank you in advance. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/281077-looking-to-id-picture-possibly-gen-j-pershing/
  13. Anyone know how to look up a Signal Corps photo by number?
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