SOLD FOR: $3125
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand .308 Conversion. This rifle was converted and sold by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The CMP lists this rifle as a .308 RM1Special Field. The following is their description: “CMP Special FIELD GRADE (.308) M1 Garand. This is a completely refurbished rifle consisting of an original M1 Garand Springfield or HRA receiver, new production Criterion barrel, new production American Walnut stock and handguards, and new web sling. Receiver and most other parts are refinished USGI, but some parts may be new manufacture….A .308 spacer block is installed to prevent the loading of a .30-06 round into the chamber”.
Serial Number: 1431440
Year of Manufacture: March, 1943 (page 186 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: May, 2018
Caliber: .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 1431440”
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: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: Unmarked – Used by Springfield and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “8 0 26”, “X”, “diamond” and “D 28291 17” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “CBI .308 11010457 1-10 .093 05/18 5K” – A new production (May, 2018) Criterion barrel chambered in .308 Winchester with a 1 in 10 twist.
Bolt:“D28287-12SA / S-04 diamond”- 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 “WRIGHT”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “NI C” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the new production stock is marked with “boxed” a CMP cartouche containing “CMP / eagle holding arrows”. The inside of the forearm is stamped “JUN 09 2018”.
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 buttplate shows a few small light scrapes. The bottom of the butt shows small compression marks next to the buttplate. The wood shows a few other small handling marks. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to CMP Conversion
Bore Condition: The bore shines. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of -0.3 (negative 0.3).
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. Surface erosion shows through the new finish on the receiver. The metal shows scuffs & light handling marks. The bottom metal shows light scrapes. The right side of the receiver & front of the bolt show a small amount of light thinning consistent with cycling the action. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine 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 in a black hard plastic case. The outside is marked “CMP” (large) on both sides. It is marked on the interior and on both sides with “www.theCMP.org”, with the CMP seal “stars / eagle holding arrows” and with other information. The interior is shaped and padded with foam. The case has 4 latches and 2 reinforced locking holes. The exterior of the case shows scuffs, small scrapes and small scratches. It is in about Fine condition. The interior of the case contains a blue “ZERUST RUST AND CORROSION INHIBITOR”; see photos. The rust inhibitor is in about Fine condition. A clip, sling and armorer’s tag are kept in the case. The clip and the metal on the green canvas sling show scuffs & light scrapes. The sling and clip are in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The armorer’s tag is marked with the rifle’s serial number in pen and with information about the rifle. The tag has a sticker on it that reads “308 / RM1SPECIAL FIELD”. The tag shows soiling and is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory M1 Garand originally was made back in 1943. It has since been rebuilt by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP); we do not have a CMP Certificate to go with the rifle. The rifle was rebuilt using Springfield parts, a new production CMP stock, and a new Criterion barrel chambered in .308 Winchester. It comes in a nice black CMP case that will keep this M1 Garand safe.