SOLD FOR: $1335
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 2720261
Year of Manufacture: March, 1944 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: January, 1954
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: The import mark on the right side of the barrel is in tiny text. It reads “ARL. ORD. ARLINGTON. VA”.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 2720261”
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: Unmarked with a round top – The marking appears to have been lost to refinishing (page 103).
Follower: “11” – Used by Springfield & Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “7 0 Y” and “D 28291 32” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod:“NM” on the top and “7790722-RA” – A Springfield National Match part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA F6535448’”, “1-54 A207B”, “P” and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield part (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “D28287-2SA / RE4D” – 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 of the front sight post has paint on it. 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 from “2-12” in increments of two and “NIC” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The 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 refinished buttplate has surface erosion showing through the finish. It shows scrapes. The left side of the butt shows thin horizontal surface surface cracks. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The bottom of the grip is marked with ink and shows sanding marks. The front handguard is a replacement that has a different finish than the rest of the wood. The butt has paint residue on it. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good to Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves are grey. The rifling is deep; less pronounced at the muzzle. There is fouling and erosion in the grooves. The fouling should clean up a bit. The bore shows an M.E. of more than 5. Our gauge tops out at 5. The throat shows a T.E. of 4.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. The receiver and receiver legs have surface erosion showing through the finish. The metal shows scrapes, scuffs and small scratches. The most prominent marks are on the gas tube. The right side of the receiver and front of the bolt show some light thinning from cycling. The receiver markings are somewhat faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 a reproduction U.S. Navy Mark 1 Training Bayonet & Belt Scabbard. The base of the blade is marked “O.L. / flaming bomb / U.S. / 1943” on one side and “CHINA” on the other side. The scabbard is marked “U.S. inside a flaming bomb”. The bayonet & scabbard show a few scuffs & light handling marks. They are in about Excellent condition.
The rifle has a green canvas sling attached. The canvas shows discoloration, soiling and light fraying on the canvas. It also shows small scrapes on the metal. Overall the sling is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This WWII Springfield Armory M1 Garand was made back in 1944. After WWII it saw service in a U.S. friendly country. The rifle was eventually imported back into the U.S. for sales to the civilian market. Luckily the import mark is very small and is easily overlooked. The rifle has been rebuilt using mostly Springfield marked parts. The rifle has also been refinished. The rifle comes with a sling and a reproduction sword bayonet.