Springfield M1 Garand Greek Issue CMP .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $2075

LSB#: 220115DS019

Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
This M1 Garand was issued to the Greek Military.

Model: M1 Garand.

Serial Number: 5813724

Year of Manufacture: 1955 – 1957. Barrel Date: February, 1955

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 / 5813724”.
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA C5546008-7 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA” –A Springfield M14 part not listed in our source material (page 103). It is used as a post WWII Garand replacement part.
Follower: unmarked  – Used by Springfieldand others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “Z 5 A”, and “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “D35382 9 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel:“SA F6535448 2 55 A219A”, “T”, “P” (3 times), and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287-SA / A15”- 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 “DRC”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “WCE”.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a partial Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp.
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 buttplate shows scrapes, scratches and thinning. The wood shows scattered scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of the marks are small or light. 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: Original to Military Rebuild

Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion at the muzzle in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.7. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes and light handling marks. The bottom metal shows some thinning. The right side of the receiver and front of the bolt show light thinning consistent with cycling. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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: The rifle has a green canvas sling attached. It shows light discoloration on the canvas as well as scrapes and oxidation on the metal. It is in Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
The rifle comes with a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) certificate and an owners manual. The certificate lists the rifle’s serial number and “M1 Garand Greek Issue”. The manual and certificate are in Fine 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 in the 1950s. It was provided to the Greek military. The Greeks began receiving U.S. weapons and aid after WWII. The rifle has been rebuilt; most likely by the Greeks. The rifle looks great and the rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts. This M1 Garand was eventually returned to the U.S. and offered for sale through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).  It was purchased through the CMP back in 2005 and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that lists it as a Greek Issue M1 Garand. This is a scarce M1 Garand to add to your Collection.
For more on Greek Issue M1 Garands see pages 606 & 607 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle.
Good luck.

Springfield M1 Garand Greek Issue CMP .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle C&R
Springfield M1 Garand Greek Issue CMP .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle C&R