I began collecting surplus rifles a few years ago. I began first with my M1 and have been adding to the collection ever since. I have obtained most of the sub $500 rifles I am interested in, so the rate in which I am collecting has slowed considerably over the last year or so.
A few weeks ago I came across an opportunity to own two of those over $500...well over $2000 rifles that was an exceptionally good deal. I figured it would be years before I could afford examples of these rifles, so some employee purchase stock program had to be let to. To be honest this stock from both my current and previous employer I had completely forgotten I even had, until I had to figure out how to afford these rifles.
I wont go into the specifics on purchase price, but I'll say that I could have easily have paid the price given for one of these rifles, not both.
Now that I have them, I am curious how I can assure they are genuine. I know the M1D is difficult to validate, and the research letter will be going out to the CMP on monday. How can I tell on the cheekpad, scope, mount, and flash hider? Same with the No4(T), anything specific I can look for?