SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
This M1 Garand uses all Springfield parts.
Serial Number: 4322496
Year of Manufacture: 1952-1954. Barrel Date: September, 1953
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 / 4322496”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA 5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: Unmarked – A Springfield part also used by other manufacturers (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A 50 A” and “D 6528291 43” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle)
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “P”, and “2-S-A-8-43” – A Springfield part (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “6528287-SA / A11” – 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 “DRC”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of 2 and “NIC”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche and a “boxed” Springfield Armory inspector’s stamp that contains “SA”. These marks are faded.
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 scrapes, scratches, and discoloration from oxidation. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled. 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.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle is gray, the grooves are light gray, and the rifling is deep. There is erosion at the muzzle. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.8 The throat shows a T.E. of 2.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The bottom rear of the receiver shows discoloration from oxidation and thinning. The metal shows scuffs, a few light scrapes, and light handling marks. The barrel & gas tube show scrapes & small scratches. The right side of the receiver and front of the bolt show thinning consistent with cycling. The receiver & bolt show discoloration from dried oil residue which should clean up a bit. Most of the markings are deep. The markings on the rear of the receiver are light. 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 Winchester. It was only after WWII 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 made back in 1943. It has since been rebuilt but still retains many of its original parts including a 1953 dated Springfield barrel. The rifle was refinished nicely during the rebuild. This M1 Garand uses all Springfield parts including the stock. It looks good and should keep you smiling out at the range for a long time to come.