SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 1163755
Year of Manufacture: January, 1943 (page 187 of Joe Poyer’s book, M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: May, 1951
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no visible import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 1163755”
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-3 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “C46015-9SA – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: “11” – Used by Springfield & Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A 0 2 5 8 diamond”, and “D 28291-17” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “7790722 SA” – A National Match Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “S-A-5-51” – A Springfield part (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “D28287-19SA / A-9” – A Springfield part (page 53).
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. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice and “DRC”. The elevation knob is marked “2 4 6 8 10 11” and “WCE” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” and a “P”. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a faded “boxed” Springfield inspector’s cartouche containing “SA / GHS” (page 134) and a faded Ordnance Department “crossed cannons” cartouche. This area is overstamped “A A W” which is an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Augusta Arsenal; the “W” is the inspector’s initial.
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 refinished buttplate shows scrapes, small scratches and oxidation. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches. A few have damaged or removed portions of the 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 Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves near the muzzle which should clean up. There is a ring of light erosion that starts & ends at the gas port hole. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The bottom rear of the receiver has some light surface erosion showing through the new finish. The rear of the receiver also shows discoloration as it was refinished. The trigger group has been refinished. The metal shows scrapes & scratches; most are on the barrel & gas tube. The metal also shows areas of discoloration from oxidation. The right side of the receiver and the bolt both show some thinning consistent with cycling. The markings on the metal are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
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 owner’s manual, a chamber flag, and an M1 Garand clip. The manual shows creasing and light soiling. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The chamber flag is marked “CMP”. It shows light marks and is in about Fine condition. The clip shows scrapes & scratches. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory M1 Garand was made back in 1943. At some point the rifle was Arsenal Refurbished the August Arsenal and is marked accordingly on the stock. The stock is also marked with a faded Springfield cartouche & a faded Ordnance Department cartouche. Despite its age the rifle looks good and still uses all Springfield parts. It should be fun to shoot and will add to your Military or WWII collection.