SOLD FOR: $1675
Make: Springfield Armory. This rifle uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 3352520
Year of Manufacture: December, 1944 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: December, 1944
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 / 3352520”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-18-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-7 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” –A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: “11” – A Springfield part also used by Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A 2 1” and “D 28291-35” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382-9 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “L”, “P” , and “1-S-A-12-44” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“D28287-19SA / A-9”- 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 of the butt stock is marked “RRA” which is an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Red River Arsenal. The left side stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Springfield Armory cartouche “S.A. / G.A.W. in a box”, and with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof and a “boxed 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 refinished buttplate shows scrapes. The left side of the stock shows small filled surface repairs below the receiver. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The majority of the marks are on the rear handguard. 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: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle. The fouling should clean up a bit. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.7. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. The bottom rear of the receiver shows oxidation and thinning. The gas tube lock shows thinning. The gas tube, barrel, and bottom metal shows scrapes & small scratches. The receiver shows scuffs and thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The right side of the receiver and 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.
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: We found a shipping receipt in the butt from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). It is marked with the rifle’s serial number. It does not mention the CMP but is marked “SHIP FROM / ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT / ANNISTON, ALABAMA”, which is the location of the CMP. The receipt shows soiling and discoloration. It is in Very Good condition.
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 1944. After WWII it was Arsenal Rebuilt at the Red River Arsenal and is marked accordingly on the stock. The rifle was eventually sold through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). A shipping receipt from the CMP is included in the auction. The rifle uses all Springfield parts. It has nice Sprngfield markings on the metal & wood making it quite collectible. Good luck.