Part name: Stock Ferrule
& Front Swivel
Part Function: The Stock Ferrule
protects the otherwise exposed end-grain of the
front of the stock.
The Front Swivel
allows the attachment of a leather or canvas sling.
The sling enabled the easier transport of the rifle
by individual soldiers by hanging the rifle from
their shoulders. Some slings also could be used
to help stabilize the rifle when it was fired resulting
in better chances of hitting the target.
Special Notes: The Stock Ferrule
should be firm and tight when assembled on the stock.
To prevent corrosion I do not store my rifle with
the sling attached to the swivels. (Note the old
corrosion in this photograph.) I do not disassemble
Other items of interest in this
photograph: VICTORY Pin. Victory
Pins were given out to volunteers and workers on
the home front during the war, these pins were a
symbol of patriotism and being behind the war effort.
This one belonged to one of many women who took
part in the war effort in a war goods manufacturing
Ferrule and front
swivel in place on stock. Note the bible beside
the stock. This was issued to the soldiers by the
US government with a nice introduction from the
president in the front. How far we have come that
such a thing would now be considered politically
Note the very old
very dried 4 leaf clover. I found two of these in
the bible. I wonder who carried it and what specifically
they feared most...
I found the contrast
between today's silly politically correct climate
(where the word of God can not be mentioned in any
official way( that the president of the United States
would write an introduction for inclusion in the
This one reads
The White House Washington
March 6, 1941
To the Members of the Army:
As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending
the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the
armed forces of the United States. Throughout
the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins
have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom,
counsel, and inspiration. It is a fountain of
strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining
the highest aspirations of the human soul.
Very sincerely yours,
[signed] Franklin D Roosevelt
Parts shown in final assembly.
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002