WWII Springfield ArmoryM1 Garand .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle CMP Case C&R
SOLD FOR: $1925
Make: Springfield Armory.
Model: M1 Garand.
Serial Number: 1475632
Year of Manufacture: March, 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 import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 1475632”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-W.R.A.”- A Winchester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Trigger Guard: “C46025W.R.A.” – A Winchester part (page 92
Hammer: “C46008-2 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “MXR” –An M14 replacement part not listed in or reference material. (page 103).
Follower: “13” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A 3”, “R” and “D 28291-27” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382-6 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “3-S-A-9-43” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“D28287-12SA / SB11 diamond”- A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock and sights are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 inches. 25 1/4 inches to the end of the removable muzzle brake.
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 NIC”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The front handguard is painted with a faded “12”. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp. This is a replacement stock; this stamp was introduced in late 1953.
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 several scrapes & scratches. The front handguard shows a hairline surface crack at the top front. It does not flex when pressure is applied. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many of the marks have damaged small areas 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up a bit. There is light intermittent erosion at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The metal shows scattered scuffs & scrapes. The gas tube, front sight and trigger guard also show thin scratches. The bottom rear of the receiver shows thinning and discoloration from oxidation. The receiver legs show areas of thinning. The right side of the receiver shows light operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. Some of the marks on the rear of the receiver are lightly struck. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 comes in a green hard plastic case. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) case is marked on both sides “CMP / www.theCMP.org” and with the CMP seal “stars / eagle holding arrows”. The interior of each case has foam inserts that show compression & light soiling from use as well as a few small tears. The case has 4 latches and 3 reinforced locking holes. The cases show scuffs, scrapes, scratches and areas of light soiling. Overall the case is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
The rifle comes with a threaded blank firing adaptor. It is in Fine condition. It also comes with 8 clips that show scrapes & scuffs. They are in Very Good Plus 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 built back in 1943. It has since been rebuilt using Springfield and other USGI parts. We do not know its service history but it was most likely put to good use during WWII. This M1 Garand is in pretty good shape for a military service rifle that is almost 80 years old. It will add to your WWII collection and would make you smile out at the range. Good luck.