Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1D Garand
Serial Number: 703325
Year of Manufacture: February 1953 Barrel Date
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: Receiver: “U.S. Rifle / Cal. 30 M1 / Springfield / Armory / 703325”
Trigger group: “D28290-14-SA”
Hammer: “46008-3 SA”
Receiver Leg: “C 1 9 C / CC / D 28291-17”
Op Rod: “D35382 SA”
Bolt: “D28287-2SA / B1”
Bayonet Lug: “W”
Barrel: “SA D7312555 2 53 A188A”
There are no import marks.
The stock is well marked and, described below.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a winged blade and the rear sight is a Type 3. An M84 scope is mounted to the receiver. The scope is marked “Telescope / M84 / Serial No 47156”. The scope is Excellent internal and external condition, with no dents and 98% finish. The finish on the scope mount matches that of the receiver very well.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are military finish oiled wood. There are two Circle-P proofs behind the trigger guard. The left side of the stock, at the action is marked with the crossed cannons and the “S.A. / G.A.W.” cartouche. The pistol grip cap is marked with a smaller crossed cannon proof and “115”. There are a few marks scattered on the wood, but heaviest on the right side behind the leather cheek piece. The cheek piece is marks “MRT 1-52″ and rates in about Fine condition. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the steel plate. The stocks rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: As Military / Arsenal Applied
Bore Condition: The bore is about bright and the rifling is just a bit worn. There is a small patch of possible erosion or difficult to remove fouling near the muzzle. Muzzle Wear: 2, Throat Erosion: 2.5 – 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning at the muzzle. There is a difference in the finish color, with the op rod showing a darker. Someone has filled the markings with white, this is easily removed. The edges show general thinning; the gas tube showing the most. There is some discoloration on the trigger guard. The metal on this rifle is very attractive. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear and crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The Flash Hider (marked “Hider. Flash M2 / Eiprus MFG. Co.”), a green canvas sling, the scope and mount, cheek piece and accessories in the butt. All are photographed.
Our Assessment: The M1D was a variant of the Garand rifle fitted with an offset M84 telescopic sight. As the optic was mounted to the left of the bore, a padded leather cheek piece had to be attached to the buttstock to allow shooters to get consistent sight alignment. The M1D was developed from the M1E8 rifle designed at Springfield Armory and adopted as a substitute standard in September of 1944, used into early Vietnam.
“In my opinion, the M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised” General George S. Patton, Jr.
Save the Colt 1911 or the M2, we probably agree with that statement. This rifle is the collectors dream, with a well-marked stock and lots of finish. Every US Arms collection needs an M1D, and they are getting harder and harder to find these days. This one is right, with the correct barrel drawing number and leaves little left for the collector to desire.
Sold For: $3,225