Springfield rifle stock refinish

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Project by studiousmatt posted 04-24-2010 03:51 PM 2791 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) surplus rifle that I purchased several years ago. Since the CMP deals with a purchase program that is a “you get what you get” lottery system, sometimes what you recieve is not what you expect.

What I recieved was a rifle that had been refinished as a parade rifle. I was hoping to get a rifle that was a close to vintage as possible, I was somwhat supprised when I opened the box and found a shiney parade rifle.

I decided that the stock was to nice to replace, and I stripped it with a commercial finish remover, and I refinished it with Tung oil and several coats of “gunny’s paste wax” which is a mixture of poiled linseed oil, parafin, and turpintine.

all in all I think it turned out pretty well.

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#1 posted 04-24-2010 04:40 PM

I hope I understand this correct
you did reseive that shiney bras thing
and make it to look like the one in black
I wood say you have done a good job
on that rifle


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#2 posted 04-24-2010 05:50 PM

Nice piece. Hooray for the CMP! The M1 (Springfield) has its original barrel, and receiver and barrel date to April of ‘44. I don’t know any more about it than that, but I’ve chosen to believe it saw the Normandy landing! The ‘03 (Rock Island) dates from the ‘20s. I refinshed it with an oil/varnish blend.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 04-24-2010 07:11 PM


I got lucky and mannaged to get one of the last ones the CMP had.

Now I would like to purchase a garand, but money is the dictator of that for the time being…

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#4 posted 04-24-2010 09:17 PM

aaah the Garand, believe it or not I had the Garand when I was in the airforce
back in 1980-1981, it is realy a good rifle to shoot with but it shuold only hear
the wetherforecast whisper maybee a 5% chance of rain tomorrow
and the Garand turn in to be one big pile of rust, no that rifle wasn´t
the lazy soldiers freind


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#5 posted 04-24-2010 09:36 PM

Good looking rifle. I’ve got a P-17 from WWI and a M-96. Grands have gone way to high for me to afford one. Your Springfield looks great too.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 04-26-2010 12:40 AM

I bought my son a Garand 2 years ago. It had a reworked action but the rest was authentic. That thing is accurate with open sites out 300 yds. or more, I don’t have good eyes but my son is really good with it, we shoot steel targets at a range by us. It’s just a feel good gun, and the sound of that clip popping (cling) out, is an unmistakable sound. The Germans knew that sound all too well too. My dad said when the Germans heard that clip cling, they would change out their machine gun barrels or would charge their (dad’s) lines. So that particular sound has a lot of meaning. There was an old guy on the range at the other end as soon as he heard that gun go off came down to talk to us. He said man I ain’t heard that sound in a long time.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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