I've cross referenced the serial numbers on most of the parts and they match up. The wood handles and the stock and accompanying meatalwork look original with any markings long since worn off. I bought a replacement stock and use it when I shoot but have kept the original grips and handles as is. The only part that doesn't matchup with the original production date is the barrel. It's a SA 65 so short of having the original barrel this is a more then acceptable replacement. Now here is where it gets very upsetting... the barrel is stamped with the Excel Gardner MA mark. I've talked with a few other people about this rifle and there is a debate if this was a parted rebuilt??? The biggest problem with that is the serial numbers of the parts matchup too well for these to be replacement parts. I know it's very unlikely to find that golden gun but what should I do with a possible original WWII Springfield with a SA 65 stamped barrel?