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  1. Re the "Dragon Wing" N.J. patch... that explains why the wing commander in the early 50s , Col. Nanette M. Spears, was called "The Dragon Lady"...or vice versa.. (Tom B. CAPC 22-2929)
  2. The poppet style gas cylinder lock nut screw is not a giveaway of a rebuild, they were issued with the M7 series grenade launchers.
  3. Those springs are hard to find when you need one. They will fit all of the 22 mm U.S. grenade launchers that use a coil spring. (M3, M3A1 and M8) I have a few loose ones and an opened pack of two.
  4. I note the dummy was cast from a Springfield Armory M14NM marked rifle. I have a dummy M1 that was cast from a H&H M1 and all of the logo can be read.
  5. Here is a picture of a parkerized, poor condition, USA Model HD saved from the to be junked pile. Purchased in 1998 and made shootable, with the help of Brownells in 2012.
  6. That .38 S&W barrel may be a 1954 British replacement. U.S. issue 4" barrels were marked .38 S&W special.
  7. The rifles left the Remington and N.E.W. factories without slings. Slings were a using unit item. As can be seen in photos of the USS Olympia landing force they had no rifle slings and used belts, rope or what ever. The US 1916 (Kerr) sling seems to have been used by some army units, My French / Finnish / Russian / US M1891 parts gun has heavy wire sling swivels and takes a M1916 sling quite well.
  8. Perhaps it is just a blemish from over painting the yellow grenades O.D. in service.
  9. C.W. Clawsonj in his little 'Service Pistols' book states Colt continued to use the old small notch rear sights until used up in 1943.
  10. I read some where that of the almost six million M1 carbines made, close to three million were given or sold to other countries over the years. Another 300,000 were sold to NRA members thru the DCM in the 1960s. As mentioned before none were in the "Lend Lease" program. The OPs gun looks to me to be a much used, upgraded, and re-built example of a commercially imported carbine. Only Century Arms would know from where it was imported.
  11. I would think the transverse screw at the forward end of the Thompson butt stock is to re-enforce the stock to prevent splitting. I have seen photos of both M1A1 and M1928 types with the screw.
  12. The "Hatcher hole" is on the LEFT side of the receiver.
  13. Lots of USMC front sight covers in those photos!....
  14. "Norma" could be a soldier's wife, girl friend or a name he called his rifle.... even with the complete serial number of the rifle tracing it back to the soldier it was issued to is next to impossible. Issue records for units in WWII are long since gone. Another expendable piece of combat gear.
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