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|M1917 enfield - QUESTION???|
|Topic Started: Jun 16 2012, 01:23 PM (224 Views)|
|151mg||Jun 16 2012, 01:23 PM Post #1|
Just picked up another M17.....
Had to get it cause of all the questions with it.
It has a dark late war park..... remington reciever with April 18 production date.... and now here is the killer thing that had me wanting it, it has a 7-17 Winchester (preproduction barrel) (http://www.odcmp.org/503/rifle.pdf) the rifling in this barrel is minty as all get out.
The bolt is numbered under the handle to match the receive and the stock is numbered to the reveiver in a fashion that indicates post WWII Denmark issuance (prior to us sending them all the M1 Garands)
So the big question is.... if the barrel is pre-production it is most likely from one of the first 10,000 Winchesters made, that failed US parts interchangability standards.... how did this barrel get on an April of 18 Remington with black WW1 type park? (The denmark use dosent bother me at all, they took excellent care of their arms.) Were the arms delivered, stripped and then barrels just shipped to Remington for use?
BTW, I inspected the rebarreling for tool marks and it is quite clean of marks, professilnally or officially done work, head space is lose but passes a US field guage.
Any information that might nail this one down? Any infor will be greatly appreciated
|151mg||Jun 18 2012, 09:50 AM Post #2|
After more reading, it is more of a pre-WWII ball park job. Most likely purchased by Britian 1940'ish, then post war went to Denmark in military relief to beccome M17/52.
The barrel?, at the time we sold (pre lend lease) the rifles to Britian and Canada, there were no new barrels being made, it is possible that the barrels from the first 10,000 Winchesters that had parts interchangability issues, and were removed from service, were talken off the out of speck rifles, and used as replaccement parts, to complete the Canadian and British orders. Further inspection shows that the park on the BBl and the recvr match - the gun was parked after the bbl was put on the receiver.
Anyway, as this is still just documented guesswork, if anyone knows for sure, I would appreciate the education.
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