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Getting closer to recovery...

Wife number two was a horrible mistake (shut up, Kevin).  For numerous reasons, but the one germane here is the lack of full disclosure prior to the wedding.  She had a bankruptcy.  Which she had been religously doing her bit in terms of meeting the requirements, which caused her to need a decent cash flow.  I should note that this was before you had to provide SSNs for dependents on your W2.  So, I'm doing the taxes and for the I have a bill, not a refund.  WTF?  And a 5 digits to the left of the decimal bill.

Seems Wife #2 had claimed all 10 deductions she was allowed to.


I didn't have that kind of money sitting around available.  And, since I had a habit of waiting until 1 April to do the taxes... I didn't have any slack time to try to accumulate it, either.

So I had to sell off the high end of the (much smaller) collection.  At a huge frickin' loss, too, of course, because I didn't have any time to do better than that.  It's taken me better than 20 years for the collection to recover the missing pieces.  And we haven't, completely.  But we're one step closer.

I had a documented mil-issue M1D sniper.  We won't talk about the bath I took on that.   After the arrival of the Big Brown Toy Truck on Monday, we have another M1D in the Arms Room.  Repro leather, but all GI other than that, including the M84 scope.  A 1943 SA receiver and a 51-dated barrel, I'm sure she's a parts gun built by someone other than a government armorer, but, she'll do, and the price was right (a bit less than the one you guys have, J(NTA)).  Now the major missing piece is a M1941 Johnson.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love SWWBO?  And why she's the only one to make it to just shy of two decades (and counting!)?


A good wife is the path to heaven. Probably true for husbands, too.
There's nothing better, in the whole wide world, than a good and trustworthy woman.

Hope Mrs Armorer is feeling better.
You made some good choices.

SWWBO being one, and I guess the rifles are okay too.

I never had to handle 5 figures, but I did have a gf rip me off to the middle 4 figures. 
I'm confused.  What is that thing on the frontend. I've never saw that on any issue M-1
No reason to be confused, Augetter - that is a T37 flash hider, only used on the M1 snipers.  It replaced the cone-style which clamped on like the grenade launchers did.  It replaces the gas cylinder lock and is supposed to have less effect on accuracy than the clamp-on type. Of course, how well it does that depends on how well it fits, etc.  This being a rife that was accurized and bedded, I'm *assuming* it's been fitted - but in truth, my experience with military snipers of the WWII and earlier age is that, in general, they can shoot better than my current vision and fitness will allow.

So it's not a problem for me, because I'm not doing long-range competitve (much less actual combat) shooting.

*murf* *murf*  *murf*

(Removes duct tape)

Shuttin' up, shuttin' up there boss!

(replaces duct tape with a disconcerted, yet smug look upon his face)
She's a beaut, John (and the rifle's not too shabby neither)!  But I do have a question regarding the disposition of the scope.  I'd have thought it couldn't be mounted centerline over the breech because of ejecting brass and magazine.   How'd they manage that little trick?
Look closer, Mike.  It's not.
Sorry - not selling my 1941. 
Meanie.  I've got lines on two.  We'll see if the owners are willing to sell, and *how* willing.
Man, that's purty.

Did the Army do any mods to create the M1D, or just add a scope?
The M1C&D models were standard M1s that had a special mounting block just forward of the receiver to accept the scope mount,  That necessitated modifications to the stocks and hand guards.  They came with the cheek pad and the standard, officially-adopted, flash suppressor was the cone-shaped m2, which mounted like the grenade launcher did, via the bayonet mount.  There were some complaints about that mounting method affecting accuracy at range (600m shots against man-sized targets using the 2.5 power scope was about the best you could ask of them, especially as they shot standard ball ammo, not specially loaded rounds).  Those complaints led to the development of the pronged T37 suppressor you see here, which was never officially adopted.  They saw very limited service in WWII, having not been adopted until September '44.  Their major use was Korea, and that mostly M1Cs with the Marines.  They also saw some limited service in the early days of Vietnam.