It's a common misconception. The truth is that this is just the standard back plate style, manufactured throughout WWII. It was made by Rock Island, Buffalo Arms, Border Cities Industries and (early on) even Saginaw Steering Gear. Both Bakelite panels and one-piece aluminum grip were made. Occasionally you see wood panels too. Buffalo Arms can be found both ways, as can early Saginaw and many unmarked of indeterminate manufacture. Rock Island didn't mark them. BCI I have only seen with Bakelite.
The confusion comes in because, as the war progressed, Saginaw was developing the ArmaSteel cast parts, including two back plate models, the common large and the short one as well. As the Ordnance Dept approved the design and manufacture, Saginaw put these into production. Not sure when it first appeared, but the cast back plates were produced in great quantities by Saginaw, and they produced something like 350,000 1919s during the war. This dwarfs the combined output of the other mfgs. So, the cast back plates sort of became associated with the 1919A4, but all mfgs other than Saginaw continued to issue the old style back plate to the end of production. So, the BA in the OP's picture is a fairly common find, as they made many spares beyond gun production. Unmarked ones are common, BCI fairly rare and you occasionally find them with a little flaming bomb on top, indicative of Saginaw manufacture. Or, that is my belief from study and observation.
Nice looking BA kit, welcome to the small but happy group of BA addicts. If you need the complete list of all the BA marked parts that were marked let me know. Lucky13 and myself have compiled and added to this as we found things over the years so it is very complete minus a unicorn or two. Fell free to reach out anytime should you have questions of if you need any help and if you are anywhere near Rochester, NY you are welcome to come to my shop and use the tooling for the BA rivet profile. Russ AKA "the BA mafia"
PM sent and this thread is perfect timing because after 10 or so years I have just put the BA twins on my bench to get moving on them finally! After helping out so many others with BA builds the past ten years I figured it was time to get my butt and gear and get the twins done.
Hey everyone so I just purchased the a6 kit from apex and am finally wanting to make the dream of a 1919 a reality, but unfortunately I have to hunt down a barrel, does the a4 work with the flash hider or do I need to find a actual a6 Barrel?
Ok trying to take apart the fun for cleaning and lubing, and I’m stuck on the first step lol
Seems I can’t get the back plate with the grip off.
mind you this is the m37 version.
I pushed the “safety lever” to the right and then the thumb grip down andthe plate won’t slide up and out. Seems to...
Hey guys. anyone have this laying around. only found one reliable looking set on arizona response but i would like a little better resolution if you would be so kind.
Email or link will be fine.
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Does anybody have a 1919a4 backplate that has the aluminum one piece grip on it that could see if the wood/plastic/phenalic grips from a 1917a1 would fit on it instead of the aluminum grips ? I do not like the looks of the one piece aluminum grips but I was thinking if the 1917a1 grips would fit...
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