Back in October, this latest obsession began with this post:
Actually it began when a CMP forum member named "fatbrewer" contacted me about an M1 Garand that I'd registered at USriflecal30m1.com. He wrote me because he had the adjacent serial-numbered receiver to the one the I'd registered. We talked, and not long afterwards, stripped receiver, serial number 1665009 came here to join complete rifle, serial number 1665008 and I began the process of rebuilding it into a complete rifle again.
5008 sports a newish Danish "VAR" barrel made back in 1966 that measured a throat erosion (TE) of 1 and a Muzzle Wear (MW) of 0, essentially unworn.
5009 now sports a brand new Springfield Armory barrel dated September, 1951, which I purchased still in it's factory greasepaper wrapping.
I then sent the receiver, the barrel and the bolt back down to the CMP custom shop at Anniston, and they mounted and timed the barrel and headspaced it to this -12SA bolt that I had in my spare parts box.
5008 had this old "PB" (Pietro Beretta) manufactured bolt when it came home. Beretta of Italy made Garands under license for a while and made lots of spare parts for countries like Denmark.
Looking at the actions, 5008 (top) has a milled trigger guard now. That would not have been factory original, as they didn't start appearing on Springfield Armory rifles until mid-1944. (Note also the tape on the guard certifying that an armorer at the National Matches checked the trigger prior to the match.)
5009 (lower) had the "older" milled trigger guard that both would have had when new. Again, luck of the draw, as it's just what I had in the box.
The rifles both look and feel great, and all that remains now it to take 5009 out to the range, weather permitting, to see what it'll do. Hopefully it shoots as well as 5008 does.
Once fired and cleaned, 5009 will have a home here with it's old rack-mate for the duration. But as long as I have them both, as per gentlemen's agreement, there will always be a note in my gun log specifying that fatbrewer gets first dibs on the pair of them should I or my next of kin ever decide to sell them. That's only fair.