SOLD FOR: $1200
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 3781760
Year of Manufacture: April, 1945. Barrel Date: April, 1954
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 3781760”
Trigger Group: “D28290-14-SA”- (Springfield).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– (Springfield).
Safety: “SA 11″ –(Springfield).
Follower: unmarked – Used by the 4 manufacturers .
Receiver Leg: “Z 1 E”, “T” and “D 28291 35” –(Springfield).
Op Rod: “NM”, “7790722-RA” – (Remington).
Bolt: “6528287-WRA / .U.” – (Winchester made by Underwood).
Barrel: “T”(sideways), “star, dot, heart”, “SA F6535448”, “P” (proofmark), “4 54 A213A” with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp, The stock and sights are described below. The left side shows “NM”
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 “M” in a hexagon. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “NPC”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “P” proof. The left side of the stock, by the receiver, is marked with twin cannons and “RA-P”stamp. The hardwood 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. Bedding compound has been put in the stock to better fit the metal, but the action still comes out of the stock fairly easily. The refinished butttplate has small scratches and pin prick surface erosion shows through the new finish. The wood shows various scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of the 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 overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to rebuild.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The rifling is deep. There discoloration in the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.5 and the throat shows a T.E. of 3.75.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% of its metal finish. The metal shows light scrapes and a few small scratches. The right side of the receiver shows light thinning consistent with cycling. There is some scattered light wear and thinning. 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: None
Our Assessment: The U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 is known affectionately as “the Garand” after its inventor, John Garand. The rifle would become the first standard-issue semi-automatic infantry rifle in the world. While some countries entered the war with limited issued semi-automatic rifles or developed such rifles during the war, America was the only nation to enter with its Army issuing autoloading rifles on a large scale. General Patton famously referred to the rifle as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”. Millions were produced during WWII and hundreds of thousands afterward, seeing use through the Korean War and into the Vietnam War. Interestingly, while many other weapons and military items would see production contracts sent out to otherwise non-related companies, during WWII production remained with Springfield Armory and significantly fewer by Winchester. It was only after the war that production would be contracted out to another gunmaker, Harrington & Richardson, as well as the agricultural equipment maker, International Harvester. This Springfield Armory M1 Garand was originally produced back in 1945. It has been refurbished with a 1954 production Springfield barrel and a later Remington National Match op-rod. It still has a nice bore and strong mechanics. This one is the best of both worlds for the collectors or the shooters out there. Good luck!