SOLD FOR: $1660
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand. This rifle uses all Springfield parts.
Serial Number: 3506855
Year of Manufacture: February, 1945 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: February, 1945
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 / 3506855”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-14-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-3 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” –A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: “12” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “B39 B” and “D 28291-35” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382-9 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “C”, “P” (twice), and “1 S A 2 45” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“D28287-19SA / A-6”- 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. 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 stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Rock Island Arsenal rebuilt stamp “RIA / EB in a box”, with a restamped Springfield Armory cartouche “S.A. / N.F.R. in a box”, and with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
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 discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. Many of 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: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The grooves near the muzzle are semi bright. There is fouling and light frosting in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish as refinished. The meal shows scuffs & light handling marks. The bottom rear of the receiver has oxidation bleeding through the new finish. The gas tube and bottom metal show scrapes & small scratches. The top of the op rod shows oxidation and grease residue. The front of the bolt shows light thinning consistent with cycling the action. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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.
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 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 built back in 1945. It has since been rebuilt & refinished. Luckily it still uses all Springfield parts. The rifle still has nice markings on the metal despite being refinished. This WWII M1 Garand has a strong bore that should keep you smiling out at the range for a long time to come. Good luck.