WWII US Springfield M-1 M1 Garand Matching .30-06 Semi Auto Rifle, 1943 C&R
SOLD FOR: $1703
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 1835562
Year of Manufacture: August, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: August, 1943
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 / 1835562”
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 98).
Safety: “C46015-9SA” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 104).
Follower: “11” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “B 7 A”, “diamond”, and “D 28291 29” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 30).
Op Rod: “D35382 6 SA” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 71).
Barrel: “P”, and “2-S-A-8-43” – A Springfield part in the correct date range for the serial number (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “D28287-12SA / 6-06 diamond” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (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 pinion cover is missing. The pinon still turns to raise & lower the aperture, but it is difficult to do so.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a “boxed” Springfield Armory inspector’s stamp “SA / E.Mc.F.” and a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The inspector’s stamp is correct for the rifle’s serial number (page 134). The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The rear handguard band is marked “30” in paint.
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 surface erosion. The front handguard shows several deep marks that have removed surface wood. The stock shows other scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. 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 Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling & erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.9 The throat shows a T.E. of 3.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish as refinished. The underside of the receiver has some pin prick surface erosion showing through the new finish. The metal shows scuffs, a few light scrapes, and light handling marks. The right rear of the receiver shows small scrapes ahead of the rear sight. The right side of the receiver shows a thin drag line that is consistent with cycling. Most of the markings are deep. The markings on the rear of the receiver are lightly faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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.
The rear sight’s elevation knob pinion cover is missing. The pinon still turns to raise & lower the aperture, but it is difficult to do so.
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 is a “Matching” M1 Garand that uses parts with markings and/or drawing numbers that are correct for the rifle’s serial number. The stock even has an inspector’s stamping that is correct for the serial number. Matching M1 Garands are hard to find and quite the collectors item. This Matching Springfield M1 Garand has been refinished so it looks great. It will be a nice addition to your WWII collection.