Dating the m1 garand
However, dating a carbine by it's serial number alone is difficult and not always accurate given the circumstances inherent with manufacturing and the logistics situation during the time the carbines were manufactured.
A few of the manufacturers at various times used subcontractors to manufacture their receivers.
As solutions to old problems were learned, some of the same receivers were brought back online and completed (i.e.
Winchester receivers initially rejected because of an off spec deep hole drilled for the recoil spring and guide, later recovered and altered to use a detachable main spring housing).
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Barrels were usually in short supply and if inventory ran out could shut down production lines.
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M1 Garand Clip Codes**Note that most WW2 produced clips were used on post war production ammo as many were excess at the end of WWII or were reused by depots.
IS coded clips are a good example as they were only produced in WW2 but in such quantity that the Ordnance Dept.
These rifles would be produced in 19, and constituted the largest contract Beretta would receive.
The total production of this contract represented nearly half of all the M1 rifles that Beretta would produce before switching to the BM59.