SOLD FOR: $2025
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand.
Serial Number: 19710181
Year of Manufacture: September, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: March, 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 / 19710181”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Trigger Guard: C-46025-3-SA” – A Springfield part (page 92).
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: “B 1 2 C diamond”, and “D 28291-30” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 3 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “P” and “S-A-3-52” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287-SA / Z-1”- 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 and “NHC”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “NIC”.
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 several scrapes & scratches that have removed areas of the new paint finish. The wood shows scattered scrapes and scratches. The right side of the stock shows an area of discoloration. 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.
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. There are areas of more prominent erosion scattered throughout the bore. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuffs & scrapes. The receiver and trigger group have surface erosion showing through the new finish. There are a few spots of surface erosion bleeding through the new finish on the receiver causing discoloration. The bottom of the trigger group has more prominent surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration. The op rod shows thinning on the edges as well as spots of oxidation. The markings are well defined. 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: The rifle has a green canvas sling attached. It shows light discoloration. It is in Fine condition.
The rifle comes with a sealed metal “SPAM” can containing 192 rounds of surplus .30-06 ammo. Its markings include “192 CARTRIDGES / CAL .30 BALL M2 / 8 RD CLIPS / BANDOLEERS / LOT HXP 404-72”. “HXP” is a Greek designation. This Greek ammo was manufactured in the early 1970’s. It is in unissued 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 1943. It has since been rebuilt and refinished. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts including a 1952 dated Springfield barrel. The rifle looks good and has a bore that can still do lots of work out at the range. This Springfield M1 Garand comes with a sealed metal “SPAM” can containing 192 rounds of surplus Greek .30-06 ammo. The ammo is packed in 8 round clips and is stored in bandoleers. Good luck.