SOLD FOR: $2024
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand.
This M1 Garand uses all Springfield parts.
Serial Number: 1902947
Year of Manufacture: September, 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 / 1902947”
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Trigger Guard: “C-46025-1-SA” -A Springfield part (page 92).
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 B A”, “diamond”, and “D 28291 30” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 30).
Op Rod: “D35382 6 SA” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 71).
Barrel: “P”, and “1-S-A-8-43” – A Springfield part in the correct date range for the serial number (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “D28287-12SA / S-B10 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 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, above the trigger, is marked with a “boxed” Springfield Armory inspector’s stamp “SA / E.Mc.F.” and a “crossed cannons” cartouche. These markings are faded. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The right rear of the butt is marked “5674”.
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 numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several have damaged or removed 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. The front of the barrel & gas tube have been refinished.
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light 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 1.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The metal shows light scrapes & handling marks. The front of the barrel & gas tube have been refinished. They show scrapes. The bottom rear of the receiver shows discoloration from oxidation. The receiver legs show some light thinning under the wood. The bottom metal shows light thinning and a few deep scratches. The receiver shows discoloration from dried oil residue. The right side of the receiver shows a thin drag line that is consistent with cycling. Most of the markings are deep. Some of the stock markings are faded. 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. The rifle uses all Springfield parts. Most of the parts have markings and/or drawing numbers that are correct for the rifle’s serial number. The trigger guard and stock are Springfield parts but the markings do not correlate to the rifle ‘s serial number. This is a good looking M1 Garand that should keep you smiling at the range and later when you tuck it away in a safe. Good luck.