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Posted: 2/6/2002 1:23:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2002 10:31:32 PM EDT by prideboss]
Link Posted: 2/6/2002 4:23:14 PM EDT
wow, thats a low s/n. I wonder if there is a s/n history somewhere where I could look mine up. Anyone know high the current production ones are?
Link Posted: 2/6/2002 6:57:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/6/2002 9:31:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2002 10:28:24 PM EDT by MDS]
Go to www.assaultweb.net Main Battle Rifle forum.
www.Battlerifles.com M14 forum.
Lots of savy people at these sites.
Try www.jouster.com not sure of that address but it's something like that.
Good luck.



Edited to be .net instead of .com
Link Posted: 2/7/2002 6:46:38 AM EDT
Ask the m14/m1a fanatics at www.gunandknife.com
in the "m14/m1a forum"

Karl
Link Posted: 2/7/2002 11:17:11 AM EDT
Wasn't the father of the M1A, Elmer Hudson. Maybe L.H. / anyway got me. I live in San Antonio so I'll snoop around a bit. By the way what is the price tag of the M1A?
Link Posted: 2/7/2002 11:25:24 AM EDT
"L.H. Gun Co - SA, TEX 79446"

To me the zip code looks like 78946 which is Ledbetter, TX
Link Posted: 2/7/2002 11:32:47 AM EDT
I believe his name is Elmer Ballance or Elmer Ballant? Something like that. At one time I had his address. I wrote him about an M1A I had with Devine Tx stamped on the barrel, and he wrote me back giving me the information on the rifle.
Link Posted: 2/7/2002 7:43:10 PM EDT
A couple of years ago while on a work trip to Illinois, I stopped in at Springfield Armory since I was in the area. Got in the front door but no further. I told the woman at the front desk that I had two M-1A's and she offered to look up their histories. It took her a few minutes but she told me when they were made, when they were sold, that one was a bare receiver and the other a barreled receiver, and they were not made in Texas. One was a 6XXX and the other a 3XXX.
Link Posted: 2/8/2002 6:41:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2002 6:43:17 AM EDT by Noname]
As per Billsr---
According to "The M14 Type Rifle" Joe Poyer.

"Owners name was Elmer Ballance of the L.H. Gun Co Devine Tx.

Had Valley Ord of Wilkes-Barre, Penn mfg investment cast rec's for him.

Rifles went on sale Sept 1971.

Approx 2000 mfg at Devine Tx.

June 1974 company moved to San Antonio Tx.
Company was sold in Oct 1974..."
Link Posted: 2/8/2002 7:18:10 AM EDT
That looks like one of those cheap Chinese imports to me. I'll give you $500 for it, and I'll pay the shipping.

Looks like you have a nice historical piece there.
Link Posted: 2/8/2002 10:37:46 PM EDT
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