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Old May 21, 2019, 09:48   #1
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"A" Cartouche on Garand stock

Can anyone tell me what the A stamp on the wrist of my Garand stock means as opposed to the P in the circle? Nice USGI walnut stock on my DCM garand from the early 90s but has an A stamp. I can't find a reference to this particular cartouche.
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Old May 21, 2019, 12:42   #2
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I'm just guessing - how about A - for Anniston
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The P means the rifle was Proof Fired. No indication of location associated with it. Seems odd that your rifle doesn't have that mark, may be a replacement stock?

No cartouche that is simply A that I know of.

Anniston Army Depot is usually marked, AAA,AN, or A4

There is also;
AA - Augusta Arsenal
AHA - USMC Arsenal


I don't think these cartouches are stamped in the wrist area other than the circled P.

No expert on this stuff by any reckoning.
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I'm just guessing - how about A - for Anniston
AN=Aniston Alabama.
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AN=Aniston Alabama.
It's been ANAD (Anniston Army Depot) for many, many years now (since 1962). It was Anniston Ordnance Depot (AOD) before that.

https://www.anad.army.mil/historyANAD.shtml
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Old May 30, 2019, 07:42   #6
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Could be a local unit stamp.

A for A company/Troop/Battery.


Lots of markings were added for arms room orderliness. Paint on butts, heels, foreshocks even. Tape on receiver sides, like stickers you made with the alphabet numeric tools.
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