Per an included 2012 letter from author Scott A. Duff, this rifle was formerly in the collection of James Earl "Mac" McCollum. A noted National Match shooter, McCollum is described by Duff (no small name himself in the arms publishing field) as "one of the foremost researchers and collectors of the M1 Garand Rifle", and the source of "much of our base of knowledge of the M1 Rifle". A Duff data sheet from the same year also identifies the rifle to McCollum, and confirms the rifle as an April 1945 production "WIN-13" rifle, part of a limited Winchester run with receivers started in 1943, but not fitted out until the tail end of production in 1945. Blade front and adjustable peep rear sights with locking bar, with a full set of Winchester components, and the right front receiver leg marked "D28291WIN-13". Smooth pistol grip stock, with a circled "P" on the wrist, WRA/GHD" and "crossed cannon" cartouches on the left, and a checkered steel buttplate. A shipping box, hand-numbered to match the rifle, is included.
Very fine as arsenal refurbished, with 95% of the gray parkerization, showing a few brown patches on the receiver and barrel, cycling and high edge wear, and mild handling marks overall. The stock is in fine condition, with mild dings and dents overall. Mechanically excellent.
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