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Spotter Report Earliest M2 serial

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    Posted: Dec 31 2018 at 8:15pm
CCNL 357 published the latest update of high/low serial numbers observed or known by the club.
For an M2 marked receiver, 6,765,788 was the earliest known.

This one was found on a foreign website.
Handstamped 6,722,470 which would be some 43,000 numbers earlier.


Note the late 7-45 barrel which appears original to the carbine
It is possible that this was a floor sweep and assembled very late.

I think Inland’s contracts were canceled in May ’45, but we know they continued making deliveries… just don’t know how long. War Baby page 347, top left para, states that Inland barrels run thru July ’45.  (Japan surrendered in August).

NL 187-1 states that M2 barrels run as late as 8-45.

Please update your records if you follow the high/low numbers in each block.
Please report any interesting carbine or odd marking.

Another article to look at is "Numbers to look for and report" 
Sometimes we find numbers outside of known numbers due to the cancellation of contracts, missing blocks of numbers etc.



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Great find1 Think I see a faint 1 there or it is just a 2. I suppose it has to be since its placement is nowhere near the M.
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New2brass,

Good work on further "book-ending" M2 serial numbers. I enjoy seeing reports like this.

Thanks!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GotSnlB28 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 02 2019 at 2:31pm
Neat find, especially given the late barrel date. The "floor sweep" theory seems right.
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