Who Made M1 Garands? How Many Were Made? When Were They Made?

Who Made M1 Garands? How Many Were Made? When Were They Made?   by Scott Duff World War II Production Springfield Armory The first production M1 was successfully proof fired, function fired, and fired for accuracy on 21 July 1937. Thus began manufacture of what...
What Is Heat Lot Number??

What Is Heat Lot Number??

What Is Heat Lot Number By Scott Duff Another factor (in addition to drawing numbers) used in the identification of Springfield Armory manufactured receivers, barrels, and bolts is the “heat lot” number. This is an alphanumeric code used by the Armory to...
What Is A Drawing Number??

What Is A Drawing Number??

What Is A Drawing Number?? An understanding of the engineering drawing numbers which were stamped on some M1 parts is necessary in order to fully comprehend the evolution of those components. For example: A hammer may be marked C46008-2 SA. The “C”...
What’s a “Tanker” Garand?

What’s a “Tanker” Garand?

What’s a “Tanker” Garand? By Walter J. Kuleck, Ph.D. The “Tanker Garand” is a “misnomer.” During WWII two separate prototypes were developed for paratroop use. The first was the M1E5. The M1E5 had a short barrel and a folding...