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Thread: "A" marked sear releases

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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    In Garand world an "A" stood for Amola, a type of steel that was used by Winchester.

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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    That could be possible, but after handling thousands of sear releases over the years, that is the only one marked that I have found. I also found one that was cut differently in the cage area that suspect was for the T44E4, but, the hook was broken off so I couldn't use it, but the way it was milled, there wasn't enough meat on it to weld to a base so it was trashed.
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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    I was going to say that "A" means Winchester - or did in WWII. CC

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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    the most logical is AUTO! Semper Fi David

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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    When have you ever seen logical in our gubbermint????
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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    My guess is Apex Metal Stamping (Brooklyn, NY) because that company used "A" as a manufacturer identifier and made M14 parts besides the magazine. Apex had several small arms parts contracts from 1966 into 1969 so it's a good possibility.

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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    I guess the next thing is to try to find somebody who worked at Apex Metal Stamping to verify it ?

    Because I see this question pop up on the net. from time to time and no one has a definite answer ?
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    Re: "A" marked sear releases

    If it helps any, here is a summary of government contracts awarded in the late 1960s to Apex Metal Stamping Co., Inc.:

    M14 magazine May 1969 to April 1970
    M14 piston July 1966 to May 1967
    M14 unknown item Jun 1966 to ?

    Additionally, Apex Metal Stamping Co. was awarded ten contracts for unidentified small arms parts between April 1966 and May 1970.

    If Apex Metal Stamping produced selector switches they were likely made after rifle production ended. From the information I have (over 1000 M14 related records for the period 1959 to 1975), there is no record of Apex Metal Stamping making M14 or other small arms parts before 1966. FWIW, Harrington & Richardson Arms manufactured M14A1 selector switches in 1966 and 1967.
    Last edited by Different; 10th March 2019 at 05:07 PM.

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