Springfield M1D Garand Sniper M84 Scope .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle C&R
SOLD FOR: $6275
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1D Garand
Serial Number: 3335729
Year of Manufacture: December, 1944 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s book, M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition) Barrel Date: August, 1952
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Block Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 3335729”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA – A Springfield part (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– A Springfield part (page 97).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: “12” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A 2 0 A”, “H” and “D28291-35” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 9 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Bolt: “D28287-SA / Z-2”- A Springfield part (page 52).
Barrel: “P” and “S-A-8-52” on the right. “-D7312555”, “A174A”, “M” and with a partial Ordnance Department “crossed cannons” stamping on the top. – Correct drawing number “D7312555” and location for a Springfield M1D barrel of this date (The M1D Sniper Rifle by Scott A. Duff, scott-duff.com).
The stock, sights and scope assembly 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 set between 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”.
The scope is attaches to the rifle with a two piece hinged mount. The mount has an included screw with an oversized head that mates with the base installed on the barrel. The scope is an M84 2.2 power that uses a thin post reticle. The scope appears to have been refurbished or repaired in the past as it no longer has a tapered post reticle (this is common). The scope has a sliding sunshade on the front of the tube and a rubber eyepiece on the rear. It has two adjustment knobs under metal flip caps that turn. The top knob is marked “0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9”. The side knob is marked “20 15 10 5 R 0 L 5 10 15 20”. The scope is marked “TELESCOPE / M84 / SERIAL NO. 37078” on the side plate. The tube & sun shade show scuffs & light scrapes. The rubber eye piece shows scuffs. The view appears clear. Overall the scope assembly is in about Very good Plus to Fine condition. The scope mounts are in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the buttstock, under the pad, is marked with a partial Springfield Armory Arsenal Rebuild stamp “S.A. a box”. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
The three piece oil finished stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, two sling loops, stacking loop and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The bottom of the but shows 4 unfilled screw holes that were previously used to secure a cheek piece. The wood shows several small scrapes & scratches that have been oiled. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. 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: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The gas tube has been refinished in gun paint. It shows a few scrapes. The right side of the receiver shows a small amount of light thinning consistent with cycling the action. Most of the markings are deep. The markings on the rear of the receiver are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with an M84 scope assembly; see above. The rifle also comes with a canvas sling, leather cheek piece, M2 Flash Hider and an owner’s manual.
The rifle has a green canvas sling attached. The metal tab is marked “MRT 1/64”. It shows light discoloration on the canvas as well as scrapes on the metal. It is in Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
The leather cheek piece uses leather lacing to secure it to the rifle. It is marked “MRT / 6 – 52”. It shows discoloration and light creasing. It is in Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
The M2 Flash Hider is marked “H in a diamond / HIDER, FLASH, M2”. It shows scuffs and light scrapes. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
The manual is 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 originally produced back in 1944 and was later Arsenal converted to an M1D Sniper rifle. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield Armory parts. This M1D comes with a M84 scope assembly, M2 flash hider, cheek piece and a sling. The scope assembly is in great shape. The Springfield Armory barrel is marked properly with the correct date and stampings on the top of the barrel. The metal finish & wood look good and the bore is strong & bright. This is a Nice M1D Sniper for your collection.
Here is some M1D information from Scott Duff (who literally wrote the book on the M1 Garand) over at www.scott-duff.com : “As all M1D rifles were rebuilt rifles, the receiver may be of any manufacture and of any serial number produced prior to the date of the rebuild. The same applies to the individual components, any part made prior to the date of the rebuild is correct. All M1D barrels were made by Springfield Armory. The earliest observed M1D barrel is dated 5-51. M1D barrels have been counterfeited and merit careful examination. Nearly all M1D barrels were stamped with drawing number D7312555. M1D barrels manufactured through the fall of 1952 had the drawing number stamped on the top, underneath the rear hand guard. M1D barrels manufactured after the fall of 1952 had the drawing number stamped on the right side, adjacent to the date. The total number of service grade rifles converted by the military to M1D configuration is unknown. However, it is certain that well over 10,000 were converted. No less than 5,000 M1Ds were sold or given to foreign nations. In 1993 and 1994 over 6,000 M1D rifles were deemed obsolete and destroyed under orders from the Secretary of the Army. Beginning in 1995, M1D rifles were sold by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM), the forerunner to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) to qualified individuals.”