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Neeed a bit of help

Article about: we picked up this M1 Garand from a show recently and i was going through the rifle and found these numbers etched into the inside bottom of the magazine well 1720518 and i am not entirely su

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    Default Neeed a bit of help

    we picked up this M1 Garand from a show recently and i was going through the rifle and found these numbers etched into the inside bottom of the magazine well 1720518 and i am not entirely sure what they are supposed to be
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    My guess is that it is a serial number. If it is not the same number as your rifle,
    the assembly is not originally from your weapon.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    It could also be a privately engraved ID number from a previous owner for insurance purposes. I've seen this before on many different things in the past. This one was likely engraved Inside the well, so as to not be disfiguring to the piece itself. Although I've never liked the idea of permanently engraving ID numbers onto historic items, people did used to do such things a number of years ago-half the time never figuring that the item they were marking thus would ever be worth being a collectable piece. Who, years ago, would ever have thought that a run of the mill M-1 Garand would Ever be a collectors item? William
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    well we got it and and it had this name rank and unit stuck on the side of it SSgt Bakanowicz 535th AA . BN they got it from the vet that carried it but i don't know if that helps you guys but thank you for the ideas of what it could be
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    Is it the veteran's service no.?-the engraving doesn't look like it was factory done.

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