Info needed on Mystery M-1
A friend of mine at work told about an M-1 rifle that his dad had left to him. He did not know anything about it other than it was an M-1. He is a good guy, just not a gun guy, but he is learning. I told him to bring it to me and I would check it out for him. He agreed and I got the rifle home.
First thing I noticed on the rear of the receiver where the mfg. s/n etc. would be it is baby butt smooth. That got me a little excited (not a good excited) because I did not know what I had. I thought maybe I had an after market receiver and S/N was someplace else. Just Guessing. When I looked at it the first time I only had a minute due to my schedule. I did however get some time later on and did an in depth strip and took it all apart. All the part numbers / drawing numbers are good on the assorted parts. But still no typical mfg. S/N. I was really perplexed and as I was looking more closely wearing magnifying glasses and a bright flashlight by chance at the right angle I DID see the Mfg. and S/N right were it should be. It was all there:
But it was like it was covered over with something but it was still there, no abrasion marks like a grinder or anything like that. Sorry no pics,had to send my camera into the shop (that's another story). So I breathed a sigh of relief and continued on. I cleaned it all up as it had been shot. All the parts are in great order. In the stock in had the take down tool and the oilier tube both in place. The stock seemed strange to me as it was very nice, all there and the wood to metal fit was very good. The stock was almost too nice. It was like a stock off of a sporting rifle, glossy and nicely grained. With my experience form CMP rifles I just have not seen one like that. I am guessing it was after market. Where this rifle originally came from I have no idea. Just trying to get some info for my friend. Anybody have any ideas about mfg date from the S/N series or anything please let me know.