SOLD FOR: $1500
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 837288
Year of Manufacture: September, 1942 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: April, 1952
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 / 837288”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA C5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: Unmaked – An aftermarket part (page 103).
Follower: “11” – A Springfield part also used by Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A50A”, and “D6528291-43”(faded) – Used for a different Springfield serial number range. This is a restored rifle. There are signs of a re-weld. The receiver leg markings are faded and have been finished over (page 29).
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “S-A-4-52” and “P” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287-SA / US3”- 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 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 light surface erosion. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of the marks are light, but some have damaged small areas of the surface wood. 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 to Fine overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and light erosion at the muzzle in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish as refinished. The receiver shows signs of a re-weld. Areas of the metal have been coated in lacquer. The trigger group had surface erosion showing through the new finish. The top rear of the receiver has some surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration. The barrel has some tape residue on it. Most of the markings are deep. The receiver leg markings are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as restored.
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 originally built back in 1942. It has since been restored using Springfield parts. The metal and wood have been refinished so the rifle looks impressive for its age. The receiver has been re-welded. The Springfield drawing number on the receiver leg is used for a different serial number than the one stamped on the rear of the receiver. Please see photos.