SOLD FOR: $1875
Make: International Harvester
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5148974
Year of Manufacture: 1954 to 1956. Barre Date: January, 1955
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, Fed by En Bloc Clips
Markings: There is no visible import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / INTERNATIONAL / HARVESTER / 5148974”
Trigger Group: “IHC D6528290” – An International Harvester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “5546008 IHC”– An International Harvester part (page 98).
Safety: “F” – An International Harvester part (page 104).
Follower: None – Used by International Harvester and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “D6528291-Y” and with faded markings under the new finish – Correct for an International Harvester M1 Garand.
Op Rod: “D-6535382 IHC” – An International Harvester part (page 72).
Bolt: “D-6528287 IHC / U” – An International Harvester part (page 53).
Barrel: “LMR” (Line Material Company of Birmingham, Alabama), “D6535448”, “1 55”, “A 39” and “P” – LMR provided barrels for International Harvester (pages 63 – 65).
The stock and sight 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. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice and “DRC IHC”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of 2 and “IH C”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock, above the trigger, has been restamped with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp. This marking appears to have been restamped with a non-USGI stamp die. The face of the grip is marked with a “ P” proof and a faded “circled P” proof.
The three piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nosecaps, stacking loop, two sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged metal door for storage in the butt. The buttplate shows scrapes, small scratches and some tape residue. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Some have damaged or removed small portions of surface wood. These 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 bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.9. The throat shows a T.E. of 1.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. The gas tube nut has been finished in black. It shows scrapes & thinning. The metal shows scuffs & scrapes. The gas tube and trigger guard also show small scratches. The receiver legs show some discoloration. The front of the bolt and right side of the receiver show light thinning from cycling. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
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: None
Our Assessment: This International Harvester M1 Garand was made sometime between 1954 and 1956. The rifle has a strong bright bore and the metal has been refinished. The rifle looks good and should shoot just as well. The rifle uses H&R parts and a LMR barrel. The Line Material Company of Birmingham, Alabama provided barrels for H&R so the LMR barrel is correct for the rifle.