M40a1 build guide

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Came across this old thing at the local consignment rack. Barrel code indicates assembly in June of 1967 and the SN is within range of the original USMC M40. Didn't plan on building one but I just might have to if I can get a decent deal on it. Has the short nose shroud and tombstone safety. Not the prettiest rifle, but it might just do. I'll research a bit to see if it'll be correct for an A1 build.
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No 6-digit M40 was pretty either. We beat the shit out of them, they screwed a new barrel and rebed the thing, and then we beat them some more. If that's a short action, it would make a fine rifle if you're willing to chase that rabbit down its hole.
 
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None did. Stupid comment. There is no way an M40 scope gets off the base.
Well, that's about the dumbest thing said as well. I personally know of one that grew legs, and heard of a few more that disappeared in the changing of hands to or from Albany.

Guess what, Marines are thieves too. Get the fuck over it.
 
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Well, that's about the dumbest thing said as well. I personally know of one that grew legs, and heard of a few more that disappeared in the changing of hands to or from Albany.

Guess what, Marines are thieves too. Get the fuck over it.
And you are full of crap. If a scope from an M40 walked off the base they would close the gates. The Corps don’t screw around with weapons disappearing. You have no idea what you are talking about. When did it happen and what unit? I can find out if it happened. That never happened and you are fake news. Give me the unit and time frame.
 

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Fake news? Please...

2d FSSG had one go missing 95/96ish from the 3rd shop. The 2171 I spoke with at that time when dropping our guns off for PFI/LTI told me the shit had happened before in transit going in and out from MCLB, but this one disappeared from their shop.

They don't shut down gates either, they didn't when we had a PVS-5 get stolen in '94, and they didn't when we had a doc lose his M9 a few months later somewhere between CLNC and Norfolk. They also didn't when a guy I knew locked his M16A2 in his wall locker after returning from Stone Bay and went home on a 96, meanwhile his whole Bn stayed on lockdown for the entire weekend because they were short a rifle. I was on base that weekend, we of course heard about it, but we still went on and off base just fine while they thought this guy took his rifle and went UA.

So think they close gates when shit grows legs all you want, but they fucking didn't when it's happened several times in the past.
 

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Fake news? Please...

2d FSSG had one go missing 95/96ish from the 3rd shop. The 2171 I spoke with at that time when dropping our guns off for PFI/LTI told me the shit had happened before in transit going in and out from MCLB, but this one disappeared from their shop.

They don't shut down gates either, they didn't when we had a PVS-5 get stolen in '94, and they didn't when we had a doc lose his M9 a few months later somewhere between CLNC and Norfolk. They also didn't when a guy I knew locked his M16A2 in his wall locker after returning from Stone Bay and went home on a 96, meanwhile his whole Bn stayed on lockdown for the entire weekend because they were short a rifle. I was on base that weekend, we of course heard about it, but we still went on and off base just fine while they thought this guy took his rifle and went UA.

So think they close gates when shit grows legs all you want, but they fucking didn't when it's happened several times in the past.
I’m not going to argue with you. Semper Fi.
 
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I was with PMO at Pendleton. Yes, weapons and shit go missing. Some Marines are gun guys... go figure.

I remember in 05'-06' when one of the MEU's came back and was unloading, or whatever they call the process of bringing all their gear to shore, and thought they had a couple of missing M40A1's. Turns out they were stored away from the other weapons on some other pallet or something like that. But yeah, we were doing 100% vehicle checks in/out for a couple days until that got sorted out. Didn't "close the gates," but everyone was stopped.

Anyway, I'm sure missing sniper rifles would cause much more political fallout in CA than they would in NC. Besides, if the Base Commander says, "do it" the MP's do it.

You guys are/were both right.

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I was with PMO at Pendleton. Yes, weapons and shit go missing. Some Marines are gun guys... go figure.

I remember in 05'-06' when one of the MEU's came back and was unloading, or whatever they call the process of bringing all their gear to shore, and thought they had a couple of missing M40A1's. Turns out they were stored away from the other weapons on some other pallet or something like that. But yeah, we were doing 100% vehicle checks in/out for a couple days until that got sorted out. Didn't "close the gates," but everyone was stopped.

Anyway, I'm sure missing sniper rifles would cause much more political fallout in CA than they would in NC. Besides, if the Base Commander says, "do it" the MP's do it.

You guys are/were both right.

Chesty loves you!
Exactly. Shit would be a shit storm.
 

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On a lighter note, I made a version of the tool used to run up the screws in the Unertl style rings. I saw one posted some time back that looked really great. Mine doesn’t, but it works. Smallest spring the hardware store had of the proper type, a piece of the correct Allen wrench cut off and the body of a broken punch. I soldered it together because that was the fastest, most solid connection I had the technology to make.
 

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A six digit 700 action for sale on an auction site in New Zealand. Serial No. 169137


If anyone down under is looking for one. I keep looking at it and thinking about my USMC return M40A1 stock in my garage.

(Not mine and I don't know who's it is.)
 

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A little rough around the edges, but a great match for a build. FYI, one of my issued rifles was S/N 1688xx, so that’s under 300 off one of the real deals, a rare find there.

IOW, get it, you know you want to...:cool:
 

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I still have her! She's the one on the bottom ; )
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I feel like I read it somewhere else and sorry to bother you Delta, but what scope is that on top??

I consider myself a scope snob and havent seen that one before. Is it one of those clones from a few yrs back?


Just so not cluttering up, I will post pic of my USMC marked 40x. I went with the Zeiss 4-14 and really love it.

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I feel like I read it somewhere else and sorry to bother you Delta, but what scope is that on top??

I consider myself a scope snob and havent seen that one before. Is it one of those clones from a few yrs back?


Just so not cluttering up, I will post pic of my USMC marked 40x. I went with the Zeiss 4-14 and really love it.

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The scope is a one-off custom, based on a Redfield 3-9 scope with 3D printed parts to make it look like an MST-100. I ran across it for $100 and couldn't pass it up, Its perfect for my 40X 22lr and small game hunting ; ) By the way, I Love your rifle!!!!!!
 
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The scope is a one-off custom, based on a Redfield 3-9 scope with 3D printed parts to make it look like an MST-100. I ran across it for $100 and couldn't pass it up, Its perfect for my 40X 22lr and small game hunting ; ) By the way, I Love your rifle!!!!!!

Damn someone needs to start producing those :p
 
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