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Winchester Single Bevel Follower Arm


Winchester used a single bevel follower arm thoughout their production.  They can be finished "in the white", black parkerized or green parkerized.  Some early parts are even blued.  The parkerized parts were used later in production, most likely after 1943.  You can tell the Winchester single bevel from a Springfield by the size of the bevel.  Winchester's bevel is very large compared to Springfield's.  Springfield's bevel just takes the corner off, Winchester takes off half the top side.

Winchester Large Pad Trigger Housing With Cloverleaf Hole


Winchester large pad trigger housings with the cloverleaf hole.  These housings were used after May 1943.

Winchester Milled Bullet Guide
This A marked bullet guide was used late production.

Winchester used milled bullet guides throughout their production.
Milled Guides with a wide slot marked 8 were used on late WIN-13's.
Milled Guides with a wide slot marked A were used on Winchester's made from 1943 to 1945. Most WIN-13's have these.
Milled Guides with a wide slot marked CM were used during 1942
Milled Guides with a wide slot and punch marked were used from
s/n 1,218,000 to end of production.
Milled Guides with a narrow slot and punch marked were used from
s/n 125,000 to 1,218,000.
Milled Guides with a narrow slot and marked B8875W.R.A. were
used from s/n 101,000 to 126,000.
Milled Guides with a narrow slot and marked B-8875 and punch
marked were mixed used on the first Winchester M1's with the
B8875W.R.A. guides. 

Winchester narrow slot bullet guide

Winchester narrow slot milled bullet guide without drawing numbers were used from s/n 126,xxx to 1,218,xxx.

Winchester A marked clip latch

Winchester used the round front clip latch throughout their production.  The early ones were punch marked on the back by the spring hole.  Some are punch marked on the flat side.  Once again during the 1942 production the CM marked latches were used.  The earlier CM marks were large and visible on the outside of the leg.  Later ones had a smaller cm.  During late production the latches were A marked with a very small A visible on the outside of the leg.  These are very common on the 2 million serial numbered rifles and some WIN-13 production.

Winchester clip latch small cm mark

Winchester bolt no step

Winchester bolts were marked D28287-1W.R.A. on the front.  The early bolts didn't have the hole on the inside middle.  It is believed this hole was added to allow any water that might get in the firing pin chamber to drain. 

Late Winchester bolt

The late production Winchester bolts had a step added to the op rod lug.  These were used late WIN-13 production.

Late Winchester bolt lug

WRA Front Sight .8125" Wide
Winchester Front Sights usually have a punch mark

Winchester Front Sights have large "ears" which usually measure .8125".  Some just go by the fractions and call them 13/16".  Most have a punch mark down on one of the lower corners.

Winchester Safety WRA-1

Winchester Safeties were almost always the early flat top version.
These flat top safeties were marked WRA-1 from s/n 1,300,000 to the end of production. 

Winchester Safety C46015-4W.R.A.
This safety is marked on the lower left.

They were marked  C46015-4W.R.A. on the upper right from s/n 110,000 to 115,xxx.
They were marked C46015-4W.R.A. on the lower left from s/n 115,000 to 1,3xx,xxx.
They were marked WRA-1 from 1,3xx,xxx to the late 1945 production.
It is believed that Winchester used some unmarked round safeties in late WIN-13 production. 

Winchester Type 2 Trigger A Marked

Winchester Type 2 Trigger "A" Marked or punch marked.
These were used from s/n 1,200,000 to
the end of production.
Winchester used the type 1 trigger with the hole from the start of production up into the 1,2xx,xxx.  The later usually have a A mark and are punch mared.  The earlier usually have the punch mark.

Winchester trigger with tooling hole

Winchester early op rod catch

Winchester used the early type op rod catch from the beginning of production up to about serial number 2,334,xxx or so.  The early op rod catch could be found on any Winchester.  The pin that holds the accelerator in has a round looking protuding swage.  Springfield used a flat recessed swage. The were punch marked on the side of the leg.  Some 1942 production was CM marked on the side.  Some early production was A marked on the side with a serifed A.  The later Winchester ones were A marked with a san serif A.  Sometime in the early 2 million serial number production Winchester starting using the later stype op rod catch.  Winchester continued to use the round milling in the corners.  All the other manufactturers have square cut corners.

Late Winchester op rod catch

Winchester early follower assembly

This is the CM mark on a early WRA follower

Winchester used the early type follower and slide assembly for most of it's production.  Some were cm marked on the bottom and used during 1942 production.  During Winchester's late production they started using the late style follower.  These were marked with a san serif number 13.  Winchester also didn't bevel the bottom edges the support the guide uprights.  The arrows show were the bevels aren't.  Springfield bevels these edges.

Late Winchester follower assembly

Winchester Sights had open arrowheads

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