On Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:06:51 +0000 (UTC), ***@gmail.com wrote:
#On Saturday, February 15, 1997 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-5, rodgera wrote:
## I have a M-1 Grand that has the barrel marked Blue Sky/Arlington ,VA. What
## is the scoop in this rifle? Who imported it. Where might it have come
#Got an M1 Garand from a fellow shooter that has these markings on it , Al functions well but bore is badly worn I see in the 80s this arm could be bought for 40 bucks whats the skinny now a days A little more, Or less as for value. He wants a trade on a Brazilian light minie rifle that saw service in the CW , From what I have read about this rifle I tink I will keep my Brazilian minne.It has the crest shield on it as per Ohio arm now a southern by owns it!
"Blue Sky" refer to USGI M1 Garands & M1 Carbines which were imported
into the U.S. from former allies that were given these weapons post
World War II.
I am not sure, but believe the first batch came from South Korea War
Reserves. But, where they came from for the import process is
irrelevant. They were all born in the USAicon.
Blue Sky refers to the required stamping that the importer must stamp
on the weapon. These rifles were stamped with "Blue Sky xxx" (Can't
remember if it was Blue Sky Inc. or something else). They were usually
stamped on the barrel or in some cases, on the receiver. Since the
importer stamped "Blue Sky" on the rifles, folks started referring to
these repatriated rifles as "Blue Sky Rifles".
There are two generally accepted schools of thought regarding these
Thought 1: They are original USGI rifles that were given to US allies
and then imported back into the USA. When the importer stamped "Blue
Sky" certain magical mysterious changes occurred in metallurgy that
rendered these weapons suspect. The exact details are classified. If
you are selling one, the Blue Sky Import stamp commands a small
premium. If you are buying one the Blue Sky import stamp is the same
as a shock sensitive explosives label. Touch it and you may die.
Thought 2: The import stamp is of little consequence. It's an original
USGI rifle. If the stamp bothers you, re-barrel the rifle and voila!
Instant collector. It's like it never left the country. However, if
you do change the barrel, please don't post it on the Internet. There
are several thousand folks patiently waiting behind their keyboards to
pounce on you for violating federal law for doing so. Me included.
(Shift S engaged) - Since they have been imported, not a single rifle
has ever had a barrel change, so your chances of encountering a rifle
that was imported as a "Blue Sky" but had its barrel changed is
That's the nickel tour of the Blue Sky saga.