Yes, the article does kind of lead one to believe their really is no such thing as an "Original WWII" Garand..
Seems so many changes were made, improvements, etc. Even during the Troops time in the field.
Quite a few G.I.s started out during the war years as National Guard, or Reserve.. They were called to action first.
Our neighborhood, as a kid, had a lot of Garands that nice Sargent's just happened to overlook, when the Troops came home at wars end.. Jap machine guns, hell captured weapons of all kinds "de-milled" we played Army in the school yard with..
My God we probably had a million dollars in weapons you guys could have made work again. They actually just put lead or whatever down the barrels. Ah the good old days..
If kids did that now in a school yard, SWAT would have the place surrounded.. Hell in Connecticut as kids, we used to walk two miles with our shotguns, to shoot poor chipmunks.. Police just told us to be careful. Sad how times have changed..