Dating the m1 garand
used them through the 1950s until supply was exhausted.AEC 3 - Aggressive Engineering Corp (Commercial) Anaheim, CAAGE 1 AGE 2 - Aggressive Engineering Corp (Millitary contract late 1980's, last USGI Clip run) Anaheim, CA (Post War)CMP 3 - Aggressive Engineering Corp (New commercial run for CMP)AMP 1 - All Metal Products Wyandotte, MI (WW2)BLM - Barry L Miller Eng Inc Irvine, CA (WW2)B-W (with or without additional number 1-7) - Borg Warner (WW2) Spring Division, Bellwood, ILBR-W - Borg Warner Spring Division, Bellwood, IL (Post War) (**Markings also have a single digit 1 through 7 which denoted what press number clips were made on)C (C* also)- Lerio Patent Cup Co.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.Mobile, AL (WW2)f B f C f D f E f F - Fedders Mfg Buffalo, NY (WW2)IS - International Silver Meriden, CT (WW2)(**Markings also have a single digit 1 through 4 which denoted what press number clips were made on)NW - Northwest Metal Seattle, WA (WW2)S - Stanley Works (or SW) New Britain, CT (WW2)Blank - Springfield Armory Springfield, MA (Thought to be early SA)SA (Large Letters) - Springfield Armory, Springfield, MA (WW2)SA (Small Letters) - Springfield Armory, Springfield, MA. Variations include; SA, SA dash over, SA dash over and under, SA dash under. - Serini France MFT - Metaalwaren Fabrik Tiburg (Tiburg Netherlands)DAQ - Dominion Arsenal Quebec Quebec HA - Haerens Ammunitions Arsenal Copenhagen, Denmark5mm hole.W3 W4 W5 W6 - R Wallace & Sons Wallingford, CT (WW2)WEP WEP1 WEP2 WEP3 WEP4 WEP5- Wade Electric Products Sturgis, MI (WW2)WRA - Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven, CT (WW2)O - WRA Educational - Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven, CT (notches are cutout not stamped in) (WW2)WRA - WRA Eductional - Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven, CT (notches are cutout not stamped in) (WW2)Danly (stamped on side of clip) - Danly Machine Co (Chicago, Il)NON US Clips: TF&S - Thomas French & Co (Manchester, England)MAS - Manfacture D"Armes St Etienne (St. As solutions to old problems were learned, some of the same receivers were brought back online and completed (i.e.
Given the high volume production, receivers were generally assembled as part of a carbine within a few months after the receiver was serial numbered.
The start and end dates each prime contractor manufactured carbines in combination with the serial number, a dated barrel, and the parts the carbine has, if all are original to the carbine when it was manufactured may provide a general idea of when it was manufactured.
As time goes on more and more carbines are having parts replaced as they wear out, disassembled for the sale of the parts individually are within small groups, and/or carbines are being reconstructed to what people believe they should have been when they left the factory.
Barrels were usually in short supply and if inventory ran out could shut down production lines.
Barrels were usually mounted to receivers within one or two months of the date the barrel was made, however, many carbines have had their original barrels replaced.
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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.