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#21 GUNGUY45

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 06:03 AM

Based on your production dates and figures, is it safe to assume that 10529 was manufactured in January of 1942?

You can always do a FOIA  request. I did one on mine back in the early 2000's, took a couple of months.

I hear now some folks are waiting years, & not seeing info, but it's worth a shot.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 11:45 AM

Based on your production dates and figures, is it safe to assume that 10529 was manufactured in January of 1942?

You can always do a FOIA  request. I did one on mine back in the early 2000's, took a couple of months.

I hear now some folks are waiting years, & not seeing info, but it's worth a shot.

I have FOIAs on most of my guns. I will do one on this one if I keep it. I am waiting for the eForm 3 to clear. Can't wait to shoot it.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 05:15 PM

How much value would having a serial number less than 150 add to the value? I am looking at one
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Posted 17 September 2020 - 05:40 PM

Does the rest of the configuration match the ultra-low S/N?  The early guns had quite a few different parts from the later ones and a "correct" gun would obviously be worth more.  I'm not going to venture a guess as to how much more.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 07:06 AM

I didn't want to be so cryptic in my last post but I didn't have access to Frank Iannamico's Reising book when I posted.

Per his book here are the differences in the earliest guns:

 

Blued rather than Parkerized

Barrel – 28 fin rather than 15

Front sight – staked in place, no set screw

Rear sight – no reinforcing ribs or retaining screw

Selector lever – ends turned down not up

Connector lever – sharp corner on front end no radius

Action bar – t-shaped slot for connector

Bumper plug – one piece

Mag well – 20 round flat sided stepped at rear to match rib on magazines (rare)

Mag release – one piece

Stock- 27” OAL and  slot for action bar runs all the way to the front end (rare)

Trigger guard – 2 screw

Takedown screw – slotted for screwdriver not knurled

 

I may have missed something in which case someone else will jump in


Edited by StrangeRanger, 18 September 2020 - 07:06 AM.

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 01:34 PM

I believe the very early guns are stamped opposite of the majority of the production.

 

Even opposite of the later "commercial" examples.

 

One reads from the right side of the receiver, the other from the left. 

 

I can never remember which is which.


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 02:17 PM

S/N below 150 is a very early gun and would read from the right (ejection port) side.  The stuff I listed would be the parts required for the rest of the configuration to match the receiver.  I'm betting the stock is virtually unobtainable if it's not already on the gun and the original style mag well may be too.  The other stuff is out there if you scrounge hard enough.


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