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Anyone else collect these?


Does anyone know when they started printing NM 1911A1/M1 Garand/M14 NM specs in this manner? What about when the Army quit printing them like this?





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That is a nice collection you have there. These Manuals were discontinued in 1968 when the Army's support of the National Match program was ended by that 'genius', then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.


I have a long time interest in the M1911A1 National Match pistols and, to a lesser extent, the M1903 and M1 National Match rifles. I also chase the accoutrements and Match ammunition.


On the Pistol manuals I have examples of those issued for the Matches for 1957, '58, '59, '61, '62, '64, '66, and '67. I'd like to find examples for the years I don't have, so if you or anyone else has any spares, please let me know.





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I'll keep an eye out for you Charlie.


The only spare I have is a very poor condition '62 NM Pistol.


I'd like to fill in the gaps in my collection too, but I'm discovering that these don't seem to be common and are actually quite hard to find.

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I have the 1963 manual that covers the M1 Garand and M14. I think mine is a reprint that came from the U.S. Government Printing Office. I also have a similar, 1974 publication for pistols used by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. Here they are:




David Albert


NRA Life Member
Past President, The American Thompson Association
American Society of Arms Collectors
Ohio Gun Collectors Association
Carbine Club
Garand Collectors Association

International Ammunition Association
Contributing Writer, Small Arms Review Magazine
Co-Author, "Thompson Manuals, Catalogs, & Other Paper Items" Collector Guide
One of the "Other Authors" of "The Ultimate Thompson Book," by Tracie L. Hill
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Here are a few rifle publications. Looks like Im missing 65-66. I have a couple of pistol pubs too, but cant seem to locate them now.


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