Sold For: $1,776
Make: Beretta of Italy. Danish Contract Rifle.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: PB1081
Year of Manufacture: 1955 Barrel Date
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The front & rear sight wings, windage knob, follower assembly, gas tube cylinder lock, gas tube screw, and the bottom of the gas tube are each marked with small italian stampings for Beretta or Breda.
Receiver: “crown / FKF / Nr. / P.B. 1081”. A Danish Forsvarets Kriegsmaterial Forvaltning (Defense War Material Administration) mark and a Beretta serial number (page 224 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Trigger Group: “D 28290- PB”- An Italian Beretta part (page 225).
Follower: “BMB” – An Italian Breda part (page 225).
Receiver Leg: “P.B. / D 6528291” – An Italian Beretta part (page 225).
Barrel: “B.SID.54 1955” – An Italian Beretta part (page 225).
Bolt: “D28287 / P.B.” and “5206” – An Italian Beretta part (page 225).
The stock and sights 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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The 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. The stock has been built up with epoxy below the trigger group and next to the receiver legs in order for the action to better fit the stock. The refinished buttplate shows scrapes. It has scratches and surface erosion showing through the new finish. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. Many of the marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves and muzzle are grey. The rifling is well defined. There is fouling and erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 3.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish as refinished. The barrel shank and receiver legs show light scrapes & some thinning below the wood.The metal shows scrapes & small scratches. The receiver has some dried oil residue on it. The right side of the receiver and the bolt both show some thinning consistent with cycling. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
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: None
Our Assessment: This M1 garand was made by Beretta in Italy back in 1955 as a contract M1 Garand for the Danish Military. The rifle looks nice and has lots of deep markings on the metal including the Danish “crown / FKF” mark on the receiver. It will add to your Military or Garand collection.
Here are some Danish Garand basics from our source material.
One year after WWII ended the Danish Military purchased 30 to 40 thousand M1 Garands from the U.S. Military. As these Garands began to wear out Denmark purchased an Additional 13,966 M1 Rifles & spare parts from Beretta and Breda. In 1962 the Danes began manufacturing their own M1 Garand barrels which are marked differently than the Italian barrels.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.