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Serial number and barrel date

#1 Post by Smokey » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:47 pm

I just examined an M1 with a barrel dated March 1943. The serial number for the rifle puts it in the June 1943.
Would the barrels be dated BEFORE they are installed on the rifle?
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Re: Serial number and barrel date

#2 Post by M14man » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:07 pm

Most definitely! Barrels made, stored in bins, and then installed to receivers as they are made ready.

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Re: Serial number and barrel date

#3 Post by RWS » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:52 am

Yep, fairly common. Someone, maybe Bruce Canfield, pointed out that M1 barrel production slightly outstripped receiver production so as long as the barrel date is not waaay earlier than the receiver date then no cause for concern and probably is more common than the other way around.

Some people become concerned when they find something like a M1 that has a receiver that dates to 1944 but sports a 1943 barrel. However, if, for example the barrel date is November of 1943 and the receiver dates to January or February of 1944 then there is nothing to be concerned about. Just turning the corner on a new year, thass all.

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