Bill Ricca's Web Pages

William J. Ricca Surplus Sales

Government Surplus 1971-2018

US Small Arms Accessories, Ordnance Tools,
Publications, and Ordnance Spare Parts

Hours: Closed but not Forgotten
(Eastern Time Zone)

All rights reserved, Bill Ricca
Reprinted here by The Carbine Collectors Club
with Bill's written permission

Introduction & Overview

Bill Ricca has been a long time contributor to The Carbine Club (now The Carbine Collectors Club). Bill's experience with military surplus over the years motivated him to author a number of articles for our group and many others in addition to many articles he shared on his own website where he conducted retail sales via the internet.

Bill retired in 2018 as well as retiring his business and website. We believe the articles he had shared on his website should be available to all well into the future. Without regard to carbines vs M1 rifles or the various other surplus items he wrote about. We contacted Bill and obtained his written permission to share his articles here.

Every effort has been made to include all of his website articles over the years and present them as authored. We have been unable to locate a handful of photos that at some point were part of an article. Place markers have been included with our contact information should you happen to have one.

Bill requested his contact information be removed. Format changes have been necessary with some of the articles. The narrative has been unaltered.

About William J. Ricca and Surplus Sales

Started full time in Mid 1976 by me, a former serious collector of U.S. Ordnance Tools, and accessories. After inserting a full page ad in the Shotgun News in 1979, the company grew by providing customers with honest grading, fair prices, and rapid service. For year I ran two page ads several times each year.

Our goal has never been to be all things to all people. Just be the best at what you do best. Our formula for success was simple; have the best items available for sale, and have the knowledge about those items, including their history of use and development.

Catalogs were never a part of our marketing because unlike others, we will not stock foreign reproductions, new made, low quality items, just to keep the catalog filled. We did not prey off the uninformed individual and feel the more information the potential customer has, the better advantage we have.

These guarantees have given peace of mind to serious shooters, collectors, and enthusiasts for over 25 years. They gave us a try and were not sorry.

William J. Ricca, Owner, Amateur Historian, and contributor to many small arms authors

Life Member:

    NY State Arms Coll. Assn.
    Empire State Arms Coll. Assn.
    Ohio Gun Coll. Assn.
    Michigan Arms Coll. Assn.
    Military Vehicle Preservation Assn.

Member and long time contributor:

    Garand Collectors Association and its publication The Journal.
    Contributor to the Carbine Club

Bill's Introduction

Welcome to my website. The site has been revised to be easier to navigate and read. Many of the URL's have been changed to reflect the name of the items they link. Now, when you save individual pages, the URL will help to identify the page.

The navigation bars will bring you to each article. All pages are linked back to the home page.

My product line consisted of US GI parts and accessories, with a few commercial or reproduction items. I did not back order, nor did I charge credit cards for items I do not have. All commercially made or reproduction items were stated as such.

All items were guaranteed to perform as originally designed. Items purchased for something they were not originally designed to do voided the guarantee and their application is strictly at the risk of the user.

I did not sell receivers, M2 carbine parts, or conversion kits. Emails asking for these items were deleted and no reply was sent. I did not accept orders nor ship anything outside the US.

I invite you to navigate the site and enjoy the histories. Each history is approximately 95% original research from government and/or ordnance records. Some histories continue with an additional link at the end of the page.

Many of the histories generate questions. Historical questions are fine and can be asked on the forums of The Carbine Collectors Club. I discouraged e-mails asking what something is worth. Value is between the seller and purchaser and I could not and cannot predict what somebody else will be willing to spend on something I have not seen or inspected.

Sorry but I no longer have time to answer inquiries.

As a final note, thank you for visiting the new website. Remember that the old website and web pages are no longer acive.

Should you have questions, assistance is available on our Discussion Forum.