I reposted the article I did with this fwd and a couple more pix. Oh, and tunes to play while you browse:
I owned and sold these, re-acquired the one on the right:
Type 2 lockbar sights, for anybody that knows what they are:
The rifle is the queen of battle and Patton called the M1 "the finest battle instrument ever devised". I've owned these, all Springfields, a 5-41, a 12-43 and a 7-42, but traded them off over time for other weapons, ARs, 1911s, S&Ws, whatever. Even a matched set of Colts, a 70 Series Government and Commander. But the M1 kept tugging at my heart so, yep, I bought another one. She's not ready for pix yet, shoots better than I do but needs some TLC so she looks good. (BTW the only thing I did to the stocks is linseed oil and elbow grease)
She was the closer, has since gone to Dog Heaven.
The backdrop for this pic is a target for a 120mm gun using laser sights. Not a bad group at 3 miles!