SOLD FOR: $1275
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1922 M2
Serial Number: 14536
Year of Manufacture: July, 1937 Barrel Date
Caliber: .22 LR (Long Rifle)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / CAL. .22 M2 / 14536”. The top of the barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 7 – 37” behind the front sight. 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 “M2”. The bolt body is marked “M2” ahead of the lug. The extractor is marked “C 3998”. The top of the bolt head is marked “D 28223-2” and the bottom of the body across onto the bolt head is marked “14536”. The barrel band is marked “U” on the right-front. The left of the buttstock is marked with “S.A.” in box cartouche over “0”.
Barrel Length: 24 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Lyman globe-style sight with aperture post reticle installed, dovetailed to a banded base at the muzzle. The rear sight is fully adjustable Lyman aperture sight attached to the right of the 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 some scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. There is a more notable ding on the right behind the barrel band, some scraping on the left below the cartouche. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear around the edges, most notable at the heel, with well defined checkering. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges. There is some scraping and light erosion on the front sight and its base. There is some wear on the trigger guard and bottom metal. There is some residue or odd wear on the top of the barrel in front of the forend. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. 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. The magazine has light operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine 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 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!