Model M1922 M1
I recently picked up this Model of 1922 / M1 22 Cal in the low 8K sn range and was wondering if this is the correct stock. The rifle appears to have original blue finish, bolt is etched on the bottom with same serial number. It has been tapped for a scope on the rear receiver and on the receiver ring. 2 original (receiver ring/barrel) and 2 later (rear sight and rear receiver ring).. I guess to mount the type of scope.. oh well. It came with a scope but not the 48C... I always wanted one and this will fill the hole until I can find one without the extra taps, etc..
any information regarding the stock will be appreciated.. it fits the rifle perfectly but I thought the butt would be inletted for the buttplate similar to a garand.. but I have no idea.. the other types are pictured in Brophy's book or at least what I've seen on the web but not the shotgun type butt plate...
That is an original NRA type M2 stock. But it looks like someone had a different buttplate pad on it at one time, (the extra two holes). The shotgun buttplate type you have is the right buttplate. The NRA type stock is a lot harder to find then the military type. But also it has been modified to accept a turned down bolt for the scope that was added. You could change the bolt back to the original type handle but since it is drilled & tapped and the stock is cut for the turned down handle it would kinda' be a waste of time. Just leave it as is and enjoy it. Find the correct scope mount and put a decent scope on it, maybe buy a Lyman 48 block with just a blank slide to fill the stock cut. The one that was on the rifle was probably taken of to mount the scope. But if you mount a Lyman 48 block with a sight slide blank it won't get in the way of the scope and the 'hole' in the stock will be filled and look better. They are extremely accurate rifles.
CPC, That appears to be an original finish 1922M1 Sales Variation rifle. If I had the complete serial number I would check it against the Springfield Research Service Sales list to confirm that is what it is. I don't know why but the butt's have the extra two holes. I just checked a spare 1922 stock I have and the butt looks exactly like the photo of yours. The original bolt is a plus but that is pretty much negated by the bolt handle being bent. Original stocks show up from time to time. I bought one at the last Tulsa gun show. 1922M1 bolts show up from time to time but the serial number would not match. Lyman 48C sights show up frequently on ebay and gunbroker and usually go for $125 to $150 with pristine ones bringing more. The rifle would have come from SA with holes in the receiver and barrel for scope blocks. There would also be two holes for the Lyman 48 sight. Any other holes will be aftermarket and will hurt the value.
Some suggestions: If you are going to shoot it you would probably be wise to buy an M2 bolt and M2 magazine. That would give you faster lock time and more reliable feeding from the M2 magazine.
If you are going to keep it and it does appear on the SRS sales list I suggest you subscribe to the U. S. Martial Arms Collector magazine, $35 per year, and that qualifies you to get a copy of the sales record showing when sold, to whom, and the buyers address. The sales record will cost an extra $50 but it is well worth it to me as a collector.
1903shooter, I disagree with your nomenclature of the stock. The stock pictured is the NRA Stock. It is also called the 1922 stock. The M2 stock is very different. It has grasping grooves in the fore end and a coarsely checkered buttplate like the 1903 NM but lacks the trap door.
It almost certainly was fitted with a modern scope. By installing scope blocks (a Lyman "O" and "E") you can easily install one of the classic target scopes.
Even with the modifications, I think you have a fine rifle.
Last edited by Herschel; 04-23-2012 at 07:34.
Thanks to those that have replied and have provided information. Herschel, thank you for the reply and willingness to provide additional informaton. I sent you a private message and will furnish you the serial number. The rifle is of interest to me because it appears to be a first year issue in that model (NRA?) from what I've found on the web. The rifle came with an old Weaver 330.. not sure when they started producing them but I expect sometime in the 30's (20's?). I'll probably buy some tap plugs and put a 48C on it in the interim or maybe invest in a classic scope for this or another rifle.