SOLD FOR: $1977
Make: Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Arms Company
Model: M1D Garand. This is an assembled M1D. It was not rebuilt by the U.S Military.
Serial Number: 5793838
Year of Manufacture: 1954. Barrel Date: August, 1952
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Block Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / H. & R. ARMS CO. / 5793838”
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA – A Springfield part (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA D5546008”– A Springfield part (page 97).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: Unmarked – A used by H&R and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “6528291” – Correct for a 1954 H&R M1 Garand (page 30).
Op Rod: “D35382 3 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Bolt: “6528287-SA / B-2-0”- A Springfield part (page 52).
Barrel: “S-A-8-52” and “P” on the right. “-D7312555”, “A174A”, “M” and with a partial Ordnance Department “crossed cannons” stamping on the top. – Correct drawing number “D7312555” and location for a Springfield M1D barrel of this date (The M1D Sniper Rifle by Scott A. Duff, scott-duff.com/the-m1d-sniper-rifle/).
The stock, sights, and scope assembly 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 set between protective wings. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice and “BME”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “WCE”.
The barrel has an M1D scope base attached.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The three piece oil finished stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, two sling loops, stacking loop and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows small scrapes & scratches. The belly of the stock shows a deep mark that has removed a section of wood. The wood shows other scrapes and scratches. These marks have been oiled over. The nosecap on the front handguard shows surface erosion and thinning. The LOP measures 13 1/8 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 bore is bright and the rifling is deep. The grooves near the muzzle are semi bright. There is some fouling in the grooves near the muzzle that should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish as refinished. The bottom rear of the receiver has surface erosion showing through the new finish. The metal shows scrapes & scuffs. The front sight and gas tube also show scratches and discoloration. The right side of the receiver shows light thinning from cycling. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a green canvas sling and a leather cheek piece. The sling is marked “MRT / JUNE 1952”. The leather cheek piece uses leather lacing to secure it to the rifle. It is marked “K / LINE”. It shows discoloration, scrapes, and compression marks. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment:Our Assessment: The M1 Garand had garnered a well-deserved reputation as the best standardized service rifle of WWII. At the end of WWII large numbers of Garands were in inventory and it was assumed they were sufficient to meet future military needs. That all changed when the Korean War broke out. Springfield Armory ramped up its Garand production line as quickly as possible, but additional sources were needed. International Harvester was contracted to produce M1 Garands in 1951. On April 3, 1952, H&R was given a contract for the production of M1 Garand rifles.
H&R had produced a number of types of firearms for the civilian market, but H&R’s prior experience in military firearm production for the government was primarily limited to the Reising .45 ACP submachine gun that it made during World War II. H&R was able to capitalize on its arms making experience during production and supplied International Harvester with assistance in producing M1 Garands. Unlike the mix of parts found on some IHC M1 Grarnds, there was typically much more consistency in the H&R rifles including the format of the receiver markings. Unlike IHC, H&R made its own barrels for most of the company’s production run. When International Harvester opted out of its contact, a number of the Line Material Corp. (LMR) barrels on hand were diverted to H&R and used to assemble some late-production rifles. LMR barrels are considered high quality barrels.
This Harrington & Richardson M1D started life back in 1954 as an M1 Garand. It has since been rebuilt and is now in M1D configuration. This is an assembled M1D Garand Sniper Rifle. It was not rebuilt by the U.S Military. It has been refinished nicely so it looks good and still has nice markings on the metal. The Springfield Armory M1D barrel is marked properly with the correct date and Drawing Number on the barrel. The M1D barrel is still strong and bright. The barrel has an M1D scope base attached so you can attach an M84 scope & mount. Good luck.