SOLD FOR: $1426
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 2228607
Year of Manufacture: December, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: March, 1955
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 / 2228607”
Trigger Group: “D28290-W.R.A.”- A Wincester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-7 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA” – A Springfield part not listed in our reference material (page 104). It is an M14 part also used as a Garand replacement part.
Follower: “12” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “O 51 diamond” and “D 28291 32” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle). The left side of the receiver leg is also marked “LEAD / 6-66” in electro pencil. This is a June, 1966 Letterkenny Army Depot Rebuild mark. This mark is faint as it has been finished over.
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA F6535448 3 65 A2108”, “P”, “M”, and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield part (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “D28287-12SA / RE5B” – 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. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “UP arrow DOWN arrow / BATTLE triangle RANGE”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock has been restamped “/G.H.D/” above the trigger. This is a partial Winchester inspector’s stamp.
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 scratches and surface erosion. The stock shows several scrapes, scratches,and compression marks. Many have damaged small portions of the surface wood. 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves are grey and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. The receiver and bolt have been refinished. The trigger group shows scrapes & thinning under the wood. The barrel & gas tube show scrapes & scratches. The bolt shows some light thinning consistent with cycling. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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: None
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory M1 Garand was made back in 1943, so it was probably used in combat during WWII. In 1966 the rifle was rebuilt at the Letterkenny Army Depot located in Pennsylvania. The “LEAD / 6 – 66” markings on the receiver leg are specific to Letterkenny Army Depot rebuilt rifles with variations on the date. The rifle has since had its receiver and bolt refinished. This M1 Garand looks good and will add to your Military collection.