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Re: Demilled Rifles
Posted by John S. on Monday, 16 January 2017, at 7:28 p.m., in response to Re: Demilled Rifles, posted by Ned Harris on Monday, 16 January 2017, at 5:31 p.m.
Is there any documentation on this "demil" program?
It may be related to a program where a small number of Krag rifles were "rendered unsuitable for firing" by the Army prior to donation to veterans groups for ceremonial use. This involved drilling out the chamber to about the same diameter as the bolt. Unless a potential buyer looked carefully to note the chamber area looks odd, it can be overlooked. (Don't ask how I know that!)
A more distant modern relative may be the M1 Garand "Ceremonial" rifles which were made to only fire single shot with manual cycling of the op rod for reloading. On those, the gas cylinder poppet valve was removed and a bead of weld applied to lock the gas cylinder, gas cylinder lock and the screw forever together. A weld was also applied between the barrel and receiver.
The M1903 and M1 Dummy Drill Rifles with plugged chambers, torch cuts into the bore and plugged bolt faces may be part of this sort of stuff.
Sounds like a collecting niche all by itself...
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