Springfield Armory M1 Garand WWII .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle 1943 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1600

LSB#: 211002NI86

Make: Springfield Armory. This rifle uses all Springfield parts.

Model: M1 Garand.

Serial Number: 1955777

Year of Manufacture: September, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: September, 1943

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed

Markings: There is no visible import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 1955777”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-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: “SA-11” –A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: “11” – A Springfield part also used by Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “B11B diamond”, and “D 28291-30” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 6 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “P”, “F”, “1-S-A-9-43” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt: “D28287-12SA / B3”- 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 Springfield Armory inspector’s cartouche “S.A. / E.McF. in a box” and with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The face of the grip is marked with a faded “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 refinished buttplate shows scrapes. The front handguard shows a repair as well as a hairline crack. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many of these marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled. 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 Plus overall condition as refurbished.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. The face of the muzzle shows discoloration from oxidation. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 5.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs & small scrapes. The bottom rear of the receiver shows discoloration from oxidation. The gas tube shows scratches and light thinning. The rear of the receiver shows discoloration above the wood. The right side of the receiver shows light thinning consistent with cycling.  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 1943. At some point it was rebuilt but still uses all Springfield parts, including the stock, which makes it quite collectible. The metal has been refinished and the wood has been oiled so the rifle looks impressive for a WWII service rifle. This M1 Garand has lots of Springfield markings on the metal & wood. It will add to your WWII collection.

Springfield Armory M1 Garand WWII .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle 1943 C&R
Springfield Armory M1 Garand WWII .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle 1943 C&R