It's a beautiful gun, in new unfired condition, with the serialed box, papers and pamphlets, and accessory (one re-parked GI 30 round mag). It looks just right with a new repro M1 sling that was recently purchased from Hong Kong. A new condition GI M1 bolt from IMA dropped right in, replacing the unmarked M1A1 configured original, as I understand that these can be way out of spec.
It's off to the desert to see how the old girl shoots, and then off to PK to bring the thing to GI spec. There is no pin holding the GI front sight on, and the ejector is mis-indexed, sticking out away from the side of the receiver slightly. All parts appear to be unused USGI, except the mag release and trip, which are of a rough, reddish-hued steel. The feed ramp is very rough, and the rear sight is held in place with pop rivets.
I'll post some pictures here if I can ever figure out how to do it!
Thanks, guys, for all of the information that you passed along on these, especially Bill in VA, who has one of these beasts! Best regards and Happy Holidays!