SOLD FOR: $1077.52
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M2. An upgraded Model 1922 MI. The M2 is the final designation of the Model 1922 .22 caliber trainers.
Serial Number: 9596B
Year of Manufacture: 1925 to 1933. Barrel Date: August, 1942
Caliber: .22 LR (.22 Long Rifle)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / M1922MII / CAL. .22 / 9596 B”. The top of the barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 8 – 42”. 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 “N S” for nickel steel as well as “M2”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “0”. The bolt body is marked “19926” in electric pencil. The bolt body is marked “M2” ahead of the lug. The barrel band is marked “U”. The right side of the rear sight is marked with the Lyman logo. The left side of the buttstock is marked with a partial Springfield Armory Arsenal Rebuild stamp “SA / O” in a “box”. The interior of the sling is marked with 2 lines of illegible blurred manufacturer’s info including “NYC”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade atop a raised base. The rear sight is fully adjustable Lyman aperture marked “0 25 50 75 100 125”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, barrel band, 2 sling loops and a checkered metal buttplate. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Many have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The most prominent marks are under the left side of the receiver. The LOP measures 13 ¼ 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 Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is crisp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The top front of the barrel shows an area of light surface erosion. The barrel also shows scrapes & scratches. The remaining metal shows scuffs, small scapes and a few small scratches. The screw heads show heavy use. The markings 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 unmarked 5 round magazine and a green canvas sling. The magazine shows scrapes, a spot of surface erosion, and oil residue. It is in about Very Good condition. The sling shows light discoloration on the canvas as well as scrapes & light discoloration on the metal. Overall it is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This 1922 M2 started life as a Model 1922 MI. It was Arsenal Rebuilt by Springfield Armory and brought up to M2 specifications. The 1942 dated Springfield barrel was installed during the Arsenal Rebuild. An extra “I” was added after the “MI” and a B was added after the serial number to indicate the upgrade (page 55 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition).
The final designation Model 1922 .22 caliber trainers is the M2. 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 trigger time on a Springfield 1903, without the expense of .30 Caliber ammo. Many M2s were used for civilian competition shooting. The Springfield M2 has become a desired collector’s piece. This rare rifle will add nicely to your Military collection.