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Stock Ferrule & Swivel

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 this assembly.

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 setting.

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 incorrect.

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 bible.

This one reads as follows:

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

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Parts shown in final assembly.


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