I just picked up a Rock-Ola that has a large "J" and crossed cannons in the slingwell. The recoil plate is marked with a lightly struck "W" and a heavily struck "J" next to it. Does anyone know what the "J" means?
The stock was made by Jewell Brothers Manufacturing. They had an Ordnance contract for stocks from 8-44 to 4-45. Jewell Brothers also had a contract, 8-43 to 2-44, for recoil plates. The WJ Recoil plate was made by Wadsworth Watch Case Company for Jewell.
Bill Ricca posted the Jewell Brothers contract info about a year ago on a different forum.
So, is it still a wartime replacement stock as T mentioned?
I assume the recoil plate is original to the stock??
Also, should I leave it as is? It is in extremely nice condition. The handguard is an unmarked two rivet hg by the way and matches pretty good.
Thanks for the correction....senior moment! Duh! I knew that! The rattling sound you just heard was my brain rattling around in an empty skull! If I shook my head a little harder, I'd probably get a concussion!