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Rickfifty
04-12-2007, 3:44 PM
Any significance to these stenciled numbers? This is my first rifle from the CMP, so I'm not sure if they all come like this. Should I just remove them?
I ordered this service grade in Dec. but it was back-ordered. Just received it on 4/10.




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Jeffy
04-12-2007, 4:05 PM
IIRC it's the rack number. I removed mine when I refinished my stock. If you're going to refinish the wood then you might as well, if not then I wouldn't bother. Removing them will probably take some of the finish off and you'll be left with a light patch.

smle-man
04-14-2007, 8:25 PM
Any significance to these stenciled numbers? This is my first rifle from the CMP, so I'm not sure if they all come like this. Should I just remove them?
I ordered this service grade in Dec. but it was back-ordered. Just received it on 4/10.




http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y214/rickfifty/garandB4001.jpg

As said it is the rack number. In an arms room the rifles are stored in metal racks usually stacked two levels high. The armorer will put a number 1 through however many like weapons exist in the arms room somewhere on the weapon. It used to be done by stamping a number in the wood stock, painting it on, using tape, or other means. Rifle #1 goes in the #1 position, #2 in the 2nd position and so on, so the armorer can see at a glance if all weapons are accounted for. These days the rack number is stamped on a dog tag which is attached to a sling swivel or written on a piece of 100 mile-an-hour tape (GI duct tape) and applied to the buttstock.

jjperl
04-14-2007, 8:29 PM
I think its pretty cool, it adds character to the rifle.