And a box from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) got left behind.
Opening it up, I find this beautiful service-grade M1 Garand rifle.
indicates that it was made in November of 1943. As such, there's a pretty good chance that it saw service in World War Two, and maybe Korea as well.
At sometime in it's life though, it saw enough shooting that it's original barrel was replaced at least once. Now it sports one made in March of 1965, twenty-two years after the rifle itself was made.
The stock is undoubtedly a replacement, as it bears no stamps indicating arsenal re-working. Pulling the stock off reveals that she saw an arsenal rebuild on September of 1965 at the Red River Army Depot.
This one is a beauty, and I can't wait to get her out and see how she shoots.
Of course I might have a bit of trouble taking it out. It looks like Miss Memphis Belle is laying a claim on it for herself.
And no, it didn't come with a sling. CMP seems to have stopped sending those with the rifles. But fortunately I have a few spares so I could put one on quick before Tam calls me out for not having one on my rifle again. ;-)