SOLD FOR: $2,500
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand D-Day Commemorative (#656 of 1944)
Serial Number: 7110200
Year of Manufacture: Released in 2005
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: The right rear of the receiver is marked “656 OF 1944”. The left side of the op rod is marked “D-DAY NORMANDY JUNE 6, 1944”. The right side of the stock is laser engraved with “soldiers storming Normandy’s beaches”. The left side is laser engraved “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! / You are about to embark on the Great Crusade, toward / which we have striven these many months. / The eyes of the world are upon you. / The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving / people everywhere march with you. / General Dwight D. Eisenhower / Supreme Commander / Allied Expeditionary Force / June 6, 1944” next to a “boot”, “rifle” & “helmet”.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 7110200”. The underside is marked “ADI. AUSTRALIA. – A new production Springfield receiver subcontracted to ADI. Our research indicates that this is common for many modern Springfield M1 Garands.
Trigger Group: “IHC D6528290” – A USGI International Harvester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “5546008-HR-N”– A USGI M14 hammer made by a Harrington & Richardson subcontractor (not listed on page 98).
Safety:C46015-9SA – A USGI Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: “11” – A USGI part used by Springfield & Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “1204 / 6528291” – A new production Springfield receiver.
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – A USGI Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “SPRINGFIELD GENESEO 30-06” – A new production Springfield part.
Bolt: “D28287-19SA / A-10” – A USGI Springfield part (page 53).
Gas Cylinder lock: “M”- The Type 2 lock is a USGI part (page 112).
The sights and accessories are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a fully adjustable aperture sight set between two protective wings. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice and “SA”` near the center. The elevation knob is marked from “2-10” in increments of 2, “11” and “M”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The three piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, a stacking loop, two sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. There a few light handling marks on the wood. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original Barrel & Receiver. The USGI parts have been refinished.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.3. The throat shows a T.E. of 1.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The receiver leg shows light scrapes from the stock; it’s a tight fit. The gas tube shows small scrapes. The right side of the receiver shows a small amount of light thinning consistent with cycling. The remaining metal show scuffs. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes in a wooden display crate that holds the rifle, displays a numbered “beach landing” sketch (matching the rifle), and holds the accessories. The top of the case is marked “D-DAY / NORMANDY / JUNE 6, 1944” between 2 Springfield logos containing “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY / flaming bomb / crossed cannons / SINCE 1794”. The front of thee crate is marked “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY / U.S.RIFLE, CAL. .30, M1”. The hinged top stays open with the help of 2 leather straps. When open it displays the rifle and the sketch. The sketch is numbered “656 of 1944”. The wood crate has 2 metal lockable latches, an internal compartment for accessories, and 2 rope handles. The top left of the crate shows an edge crack that does not flex. The crate also shows light discoloration, scrapes, and scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
The crate holds 2 sight protectors, 4 clips, a lock, cleaning gear, and a leather sling in the internal compartment. The green plastic sight protectors are marked “7791037” on the front and “7791358” on the rear. They show scrapes and are in about Fine condition.The 4 clips show light scrapes and are in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The lock is marked with the Springfield Armory logo on both sides and comes with 2 keys. It is in about Excellent condition. The 4 piece cleaning rod (still in plastic) is held in a green cloth case marked “CASE, B098-7267754”. A bore brush, cleaning patches, chamber brush, and a Type 3 combination tool are included. The cleaning gear is in about Fine condition condition. The leather sling is marked “SPRINGFIELD ARMORY / Geneseo, IL 61254”. It is still in its plastic wrapping. It is in about Excellent condition. The rifle also comes with an Armorer’s tag that is marked with the rifle serial number and its headspacing measurement.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory M1 Garand D-Day Commemorative Rifle comes in an impressive wooden display crate and with lots of accessories. These Rare Commemorative D-Day M1 Garand Rifles were offered by Springfield Armory in 2005. It was a limited run of 1,944. This M1 is beautiful. It is marked “656 of 1944” on the receiver and “D-DAY NORMANDY, JUNE 6, 1944” on the op rod. The sides of the buttstock are laser engraved with the “Normandy landing” and with General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous speech to the troops. Commemorative M1 Rifles are built on a new receiver and with a new barrel & stock. They use USGI parts in order to keep them as near to the Original M1 Garand Rifles as possible. This is an Ideal M1 for the collector. Please see all our photos.