SOLD FOR: $1475
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: National Match M1 Garand. This rifle was originally a standard issue M1 Garand.
Serial Number: 3083991
Year of Manufacture: August, 1944 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: December, 1962
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark. The bottom rear of the gas tube is marked “NM”. This is a National Match part.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 3083991”.
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “MXR” – A Springfield M14 part not listed in our reference material (page 103).
Follower: Unmarked – Used by Springfield and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “B 31 A”, and “D28291-34” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “NM” and “7790722-RA” – A Springfield National match part (page 71).
Barrel: “NM” on the front left. “P” (twice), “SA-F7791035”, “M”, and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield National Match barrel (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287-SA / A14”- A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock and sights are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: National Match sights are installed.
The left front sight wing is marked “NM / 062”. The left rear sight wing is marked “NM/2A”. The face of the aperture’s riser is marked “NM”. The top of the aperture is marked “520”.
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 and “BME”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “NIC” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock (above the trigger) is marked with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The interior of the forearm is marked “7” and “2664” in white.
The front handguard is glued to the lower band. The wood has been built up with a bedding compound to better fit the action and the trigger group.
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 wood shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. The most prominent marks are under the right side of the receiver. 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 bore is bright. The grooves near the muzzle are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves near the muzzle which should clean up some. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.8. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
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. This area also shows discoloration. The metal shows scuffs and light handling marks. The front of the barrel & gas tube show small scrapes. The trigger guard shows cosmoline 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 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.
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 National Match M1 Garand started life as standard issue M1 Garand back in 1944. The rifle has since been refinished and rebuilt into a National Match M1 Garand. Unfortunately we don’t have paperwork to prove whether the rifle was rebuilt by a Military Armory. We can say that the rebuild was done professionally. This M1 Garand uses a National Match (NM) barrel, NM sights, NM op rod, and a NM gas tube. The stock’s front handguard is glued to the lower band and the wood has been built up with a bedding compound to better fit the action and the trigger group.
This is a nice National Match M1 Garand for your collection. Good luck.