300,000 range Springfield Garand
Yesterday I picked up a Mauser HSC from a local auction house. While I was completing the purchase I saw a SA marked Garand that a customer was bringing in to be auctioned.The bad news is that it had been used as a parade rifle so the stock was painted white and worse the barrel was welded, however the bolt and op rod fuctioned as normal and locked open when empty. The reason i'm interested in it is because the serial number is in the 308000 range making it made in mid 1941 prewar. Does anyone know how expensive it would be to convert it back to firing condition? Would it be worth it value wise to make the effort? I didn't get much of a chance to examine it although I could go back this week and take a better look if its worth it. Thanks in advance.
My personal opinion, unless you could get into it CHEAP the CMP would be a better way to go –– if you rebarrel it then it won't be "original" regardless of the rcvr man. date.
When you say "welded", is it welded to the receiver or is the chamber welded shut. In the first case, the receiver's heat treatment is ruined and the receiver ring is of questionable strength. In the second, the receiver ring may or may not have its heat treatment compromised.
As the previous person said, you would be better off getting a safe rifle from the CMP if you intend to shoot it.
I'd pass on that one and go the CMP route. It may be cheaper up front with the parade rifle but by the time you get it in usable condition your going to have about as much invested in it as one straight from the CMP. It will also be a pieced together rifle and not an original.
Thanks for the reply's, I already have 2 CMP Garands, I live an hour from Camp Perry plus I drill there with the National Guard so I'm there a lot. I hadn't considered the heat treat aspect so I will most likely pass on it. I was only interested in it because the it's a pre war receiver and I thought it might be worth restoring.