SOLD FOR: $2426
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand NM Rifle (National Match)
Serial Number: 6085919
Year of Manufacture: 1955 to 1957. Barrel Date: March, 1956
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 6085919”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). The bottom interior is marked with the last 4 digits of the serial number “5919” in paint.
Hammer: “SA C5546008.”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: Unmarked with a round top – The marking may have been lost to refinishing (page 103).
Follower: Unmarked– Used by all 4 manufacturers (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “0 15 A” and “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “7790722-RA” and “NM” on the top – A Springfield National Match part (page 71).
Barrel: “NM” and with a “6 pointed star” on the left front of the barrel. The right rear is marked “T”, “SA F6535448 3 56 A226A”, “P”, “M”, with a Defense “eagle” acceptance stamp and with partial stampings – A Springfield part (page 63-64).
Bolt: “6528287-SA / Y01” – A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock and sights are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: National Match sights have been installed. The right side of the front sight is marked “NM / .062”. The right rear sight wing is marked “NM”. The windage knob is marked “NM”. The face of the aperture’s riser is marked “NM”. The top of the aperture is marked “520”.
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. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice and “CPP”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “WCE” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Defense “eagle” acceptance stamp. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
The gloss finished hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, stacking loop, two sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The buttplate shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches. Many have damaged small portions of the gloss finish. The LOP measures 13 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The grooves near the muzzle are light grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and frosting in the grooves near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 7.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuffs & light scrapes. The gas tube shows scrapes & scratches. The top rear of the receiver shows a few scrapes. The right side of the receiver and front of the bolt show thinning from cycling. The front sight shows some surface erosion. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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: The rifle comes with an Invoice and a Research Letter from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The letter states: “Our records show that serial number 6085919 was sold through the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) in November of 1958, as an M1 Garand NM rifle”. The paperwork shows light soiling and creasing. The paperwork is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The original mailing envelope is also included.
The rifle also comes with an M1 Garand manual. The cover shows soiling and some tape residue. Overall it is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This M1 Garand National Match Rifle was originally made sometime between 1955 and 1957. In 1958 it was sold by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) as an M1 Garand NM Rifle. We do not know if it was originally built as an NM Rifle or if it was Arsenal Rebuilt as an NM Rifle. Due to its date of manufacture it was most likely an “original NM build” as most NM Rifles in this date range were New Production NM Rifles (page 205 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
The DCM later became the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Research paperwork from the CMP verifies the sale and is included in the auction.
In 1958 the only National Match markings on the rifle would have been the “NM” stamping on the left side of the barrel (pages 546 to 550 Of Bruce Canfield’s Book, The M1 Garand Rifle). This M1 Garand has had National Match sights and a National Match operating rod installed to bring it up to later National Match standards. The metal and stock have been refinished. This is a sharp looking, Rare National Match M1 Garand to add to your collection.