Sold For: $2,601
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1922 M1, M2 Converted
Serial Number: 1891B
Year of Manufacture: Originally made 1925-1933, barrel date December, 1935.
Caliber: .22 LR (Long Rifle)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / MODEL OF 1922 / MII CAL..22 / 1891B”. The top of the barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 12–35” behind the front sight and “T” at the barrel shank. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “LONG RIFLE / CART’GE ONLY”. The safety lever is marked “SAFE / READY”. The top of the bolt handle is marked “NS / M2”. The bolt body is marked “M2” ahead of the lug and toward the front with “D 282223-2”. The extractor is marked “C 3998”. The serial “1891B” is hand-scribed across the bottom of the bolt body and head. The barrel band is marked “U” on the left. The right side of the rear sight is marked with the Lyman logo and “REG. U.S. PAT. OFF”. The base of the grip is stamped “1”, there is an “SA” in box cartouche on the left of the stock behind the grip over “0”.
Barrel Length: 24 1 /2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned to a serrated base dovetailed to a band at the muzzle. The rear sight is fully adjustable Lyman aperture sight mounted to the right of the receiver bridge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece walnut with semi-pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel buttplate, finger-grooves, barrel band and sling swivels front and rear. The stock has scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. There is a more notable ding in the toe. There are a few scattered minor losses at the edges of the metal. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear around the edges with sharp checkering. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Likely original to conversion to M2 configuration.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The front sight band has scrapes on each side. The barrel has some scattered spots of minor finish wear. The action shows light operational wear. The bottom metal has a few light scratches and tool marks under the finish around the screw heads. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: The rifle comes with a single 5-round flush-fit magazine marked “M2” on the left at the top-front corner and “1” on the follower. The magazine has light operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: Starting in 1922, Springfield Armory was directed to work with the National Rifle Association (NRA) to develop a .22 caliber rifle that could be used by Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) affiliated rifle clubs and by Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) shooting teams. The result was the M1922 Rifle. There were a couple of different updates to the design, and each iteration also had some previous models converted to the new configuration. The final configuration & designation of the M1922 .22 caliber Rifle is the M2 and this is an example of a 1922 M1 which was updated to the M2 configuration. This is an important and valuable U.S. rifle made by Springfield Armory. These rifles were designed to mimic the full size Springfield Model 1903’s, yet were chambered in .22 LR. The goal was to give soldiers and civilians trigger time on a Springfield 1903, without the expense of .30 Caliber ammo. Many M2s were used for competition shooting. The Springfield M2 has become a desired collector’s piece. This rare rifle will add nicely to your Military collection. For more information on the Model 1922 Trainers see pages 50 to 55 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition. Good luck!
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