Eastern Games “Pearl Harbor Six Digit” Service Grade: Initial Review and Range Report

As I mentioned in the last post, I picked up a nice 6 digit Springfield at the sales event at the CMP Eastern Games.

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I picked it from two six digits that I pulled off the table due to it’s nice barrel numbers on it’s 60s barrel, and a RIA stamped stock. Luckily a friend of mine who was “only going to buy a Garand if I find something nice” was just beside me at the table and was able to give the other six digit a good home.

I suspected it was a RIA rebuild based on the stock, however, after finishing my paper work and taking it down I learned it was a springfield rebuild (SA-64), which is still great, I really like 60s rebuilds. I have another Springfield rebuild, a Winchester Field grade, which has served me well as my match rifle over the past couple years.

This rifle has an interesting assortment of parts: a milled trigger guard in a Springfield tigger group, the RIA stock I first noticed, a late IHC bolt and Front sight, and a 60s era springfield op rod.

Since IHCs were post war and struggled a bit fulfilling their contract I am speculating Springfield armory was transferred some IHCs surplus parts after the contract expired. While I have no research to back this up that makes sense to me why so many IHC parts ended up in this rebuild.

Something particularly special to me about this rifle is that it falls in the serial range for Garands built in December 1941, the same month as Pearl Harbor, and the US declaring war on the Japanese and Germany. Based on some rough math this rifle was assembled in it’s original configuration just a week or so after Pearl Harbor. While no one will ever know what, if any, service this rifle saw, it was assembled during a very emotional time for a lot of people.

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Now to what really matters, the range report.

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Frankly I didn’t buy this rifle to be a shooter, which is a little out of character for me. As mentioned above I was looking for a six digit and I liked that it was a 60s rebuild. I took it out to the range get a rough zero and do a function test and I was pleasantly surprised. The CMP tag says ME = 1+ TE =2 which are pretty solid numbers. My gauge says it’s just under 2 which coincides with CMPs description.

After some haphazard chasing a single round to get a zero, it grouped very nicely with surplus HXP ammo.

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The trigger guard could use a peen job to tighten up the lugs and the stock needs some linseed oil, but this rifle turned out to be an “out of the box games match rifle” which was a very pleasant surprise. After Camp Perry I will take her to a local match and see what she can do.

   
              

CMP International Harvester Service Grade Range Report

I was lucky enough to get a IHC from CMP back in June. Here is a quick range report, it shoots pretty dispite its Muzzle and Throat erosion numbers, how loose the gas tube is, and the jerk behind the trigger. I’m very happy with it. Plus now I┬ácan take this picture of all 4 manufactures of the M1 Garand 10431530_734765289906669_8652228661072381725_n[1]

New CBI Barrels at Camp Perry

Somewhere on the internet I read that if you buy a new Criterion Barrel at the north store during the National Matches the CMP armorers van will install it for free. So, I hauled my rack grade Winchester with me to the Matches.

I rolled in to Camp Perry late in the afternoon on the Sunday before SAFS. There was not a lot going on in Camp at that time, it was nice to have the place more or less to myself. I stopped by the CMP van and confirmed that the internet was right, then headed over to the CMP store and picked up a barrel.

CMP went above and beyond again. Not only did they install the new barrel for free they tuned the op rod, replaced some small parts and gave me some advice on other parts to replace. All in about a half hour, which was enough time for me to spend too much money on commercial row.

There are some conditions on this. You will need to be a registered participant in the national matches and turn around and ability is based on how busy they are.

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Now that this rifle has a nice new barrel I plan to replace the stock and perhaps the gas tube which should give me another nice rifle to use for JCG matches.

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While I didn’t think to bring the receiver with me, I also picked up a CBI barrel for my 03A3 which brings me close to completing my 03A3 build.

I met up with Josh from CBI during the Vintage Sniper Match. He was working on a story about some shooters on the line using CBI barrels. We talked a little bit about the matches, CBI’s background, their future plans and firearms in general. I was impressed with their focus on quality and how they have strived to maintain quality during the “panic.” They have some exciting things in the pipeline. I won’t give any spoilers but it’s probably going to end with me spending more money!

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CMP Service Grade International Harvester Garand: Initial Review

The big white truck of happiness brought a surprise from CMP.

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I ordered a “non-LMR” Service Grade IHC early in June. I was initially backordered but my order opened in the e-store late last week and a beautiful Tractor Gun showed up at my door.

I was expecting just a IHC receiver but I was pleasantly suprised.

The stats

– Postage stamp
– IHC proofed SA barrel
– IHC trigger assembly
– IHC op rod
– IHC hammer
– IHC bolt
– ME = 2.75 TE = 3
– made between 54-56

The stock is a late Springfield and, gas tube, screw, front sight, along with the rear sights are replacements.

The gas screw is marked BMB which is Italian which I think is interesting. The going theory on the CMP forums is many of these were Turkish returns. The CMP tag shows it was graded on 11.16.2012 which means it was one of the IHCs that CMP has been collecting for this sale not a more recent find to fill the backorders.

All in all I’m very pleased, CMP over delivers again! I will touch up the stock and peen the barrel but otherwise I think I’ll leave it be.

Some pictures.

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