I didn't make it!
how does the wood get black or what kind of wood is it ?
You mean like a full-black stock? Thats the modern day polymer stocks. A lot of gun owners are doing that nowadays. But if you mean like a dark wood color, then I guess its the type of wood mixed with certain cleaning and refinishing products.
thunderlite;3861883how does the wood get black or what kind of wood is it ?
cheap cleaning oil? powder residue? blood?
Some people even put lacquer on their guns. Bleh.
Mud, grime, oil form hands...
Some people buy pepper wood stocks, for unknown reasons.
Depending on the finish and how permeable it is, cleaning oil can seep into the wood and over time make the wood very dark indeed. But not black.
I've heard stories of people back in the day painting their rifles black so they wouldn't reflect light, but never heard of it on Garands.
The majority of Garand stocks were make with walnut, but other woods are not out of the question. And the wood can darken for any or all of the above mentioned reasons.
By the way, the ODCMP has a fresh shipment from the US Army that they will be selling if you're interested. CMP Home
Back in the 60's, when as a ute I first became aware of the CMP, it was a fantastic opportunity for civilians to purchase Springfields and Garands (and IIRC even some semi-only M-14s) for very reasonable prices. But the auction stuff they do know is just obscene. $4,500 for a worn-out 60-year-old rifle just staggers me. The prices bring in money far over the CMP's operating costs, which surplus they put in a trust "to fund future programs". It clearly has changed its emphasis from "civilians" to "holders of FFL's who want to buy inventory".