Came across a 1942 winchester garand that looks very collectable. Looks to have been arsenal reworked at one point. Reciever and barrel correct, good wood with proper markings. noticed the reciever had a two tone in color. The whole back half of reciever was black by the serial # and the rest natural military parkerized finish. Could this indicate a arsenal repair to the reciever. If this is a arsenal repair would this be a acceptable repair . Has anyone come across this before. Any input would be helpful. Thank you in advanced .
Hey Swampmolly thank you for the reply. I ended up finding out that it must to have had a small repair done by the arsenal. The work that was done was good but the finish was obviosly not right.Looking for a collectable not another shooter.Talk to you later thanks again
Hiker, just google - metallurgy terms, annealing. It all makes sense. You can also find more info by asking why some M1 garands have dis-colored receivers. From what I read some of the early receivers, were to hard and were cracking at the back end so the softened that part by annealing. SM
Carbines were never lead dipped. But if you do find a carbine that in the mid section area seems to be two different colors stay away from it. The odds are it was demilled by cutting then weld together again. Where it was welded will not take Parkerizing or bluing like the rest of the carbine will. There are some M1 Garand's like this too so keep and eye out for them.