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pmgboxer
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USA
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Posted - 07/27/2013 :  9:52:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone please tell me what an A stamp on a garand stock means?There are no other markings on the stock and the serial number dates it to February 1945.
Thanks for the help

Pat

nmyers
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Posted - 07/27/2013 :  10:14:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It means that the stock was put on the rifle by someone other than the manufacturer or the US military.

The serial number dates the receiver to February 1945. Everything else.....we don't know.

Neal

EDIT: Without photos, all we can do is guess what you have. We don't even know if your M1 rifle is USGI.

In almost all cases, a USGI stock will have a proof P, as well as a cartouche and/or arsenal rebuild stamp. Usable stocks were often reused for arsenal rebuilds, & they were often sanded. Multiple P's & markings can be found.

We can sometimes identify USGI stocks based on the shape & certain markings. All IHC stocks have a Julian date stamped in the barrel channel.

Edited by - nmyers on 07/29/2013 9:51:54 PM
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pmgboxer
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USA
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Posted - 07/28/2013 :  2:46:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the info......

Pat
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Emmett Dunham
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USA
1331 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2013 :  10:51:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think the Navy marked there stocks with an A when they did a rebuild on the Garand. I tried to do a search on CMP Forum where I read it and there was to much data to go through. If you are looking for a GI stock keep looking for more information that may b what you have.
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pmgboxer
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USA
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  8:57:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Emmett...I read on a US military rifle forum that it maybe a IHC stock or a Navy rebuild

Pat
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mark christian
Administrator

Panama
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  10:34:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Where is the stamping located on the stock? An A can sometimes be a rebuild marking for Anniston, although A4 and AN are more typical.
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Emmett Dunham
Senior Member

USA
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Posted - 07/30/2013 :  8:15:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think you will find that the IH stocks are marked inside with a series of numbers that date the stock.

Emmett

Edited by - Emmett Dunham on 07/30/2013 8:16:44 PM
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