SOLD FOR: $1500
Make: Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Arms Company.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5747664
Year of Manufacture: 1953-1954 (page 30 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: 5-55
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 / H. & R. ARMS CO. / 5747664”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Trigger Guard: “C-46025-1-SA” – A Springfield part (page 92)
Hammer: “C46008-3 SA”– A Springfield part (page 97).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: “12” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “B” and “6528291” – Correct for a 1953 or 1954 H&R M1 Garand (page 30). Also marked “LEAD / 6-66” in electric pencil which indicates a June, 1966 Arsenal Rebuild at the Letterkenny Army Depot. Parts of this mark have been finished over.
Op Rod: “D35382 9 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Bolt: “D28287-2SA / T1”- A Springfield part (pages 51 & 52).
Barrel: “P” twice, “LMR” (Line Material Company of Birmingham, Alabama), “D6535448”, “5 55”, “A 42”, “M” and with faded stamps – LMR provided barrels for International Harvester and provided some barrels to H&R (pages 63 – 65).
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 “NIC”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof and a “P” proof. The base of the grip is marked with a faded “colored triangle”. The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nosecaps, stacking loop, two sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged metal door for storage in the buttstock. The bottom of the stock shows edge repairs on both sides, at the trigger group. The bottom left of the forearm shows a filled repair. The top of the handguard and bottom rear of the butt show marks that have removed some surface wood. The stock shows other scrapes, scratches & compression marks. The wood shows some paint transfer. 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 as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright. The grooves near the muzzle are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is erosion and frosting in the grooves near the muzzle. The reminuing grooves show light intermittent erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 4.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs and light scrapes. The bottom of the receiver shows thinning and discoloration from oxidation. The receiver legs show some light scrapes & thinning. The metal has areas of oxidation bleeding though the new finish causing discoloration. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings are deep. 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 comes with a green canvas sling, combination tool, plastic oiler, and a grease pot.
Please see photos as to the condition of the listed items.
Our Assessment: The M1 Garand had garnered a well-deserved reputation as the best standardized service rifle of WWII. At the end of WWII large numbers of Garands were in inventory and it was assumed they were sufficient to meet future military needs. That all changed when the Korean War broke out. Springfield Armory ramped up its Garand production line as quickly as possible, but additional sources were needed. International Harvester was contracted to produce M1 Garands in 1951. On April 3, 1952, H&R was given a contract for the production of M1 Garand rifles.
H&R had produced a number of types of firearms for the civilian market, but H&R’s prior experience in military firearm production for the government was primarily limited to the Reising .45 ACP submachine gun that it made during World War II. H&R was able to capitalize on its arms making experience during production and supplied International Harvester with assistance in producing M1 Garands. Unlike the mix of parts found on some IHC M1 Garands, there was typically much more consistency in the H&R rifles including the format of the receiver markings. Unlike IHC, H&R made its own barrels for most of the company’s production run. When International Harvester opted out of its contact, a number of the Line Material Corp. (LMR) barrels on hand were diverted to H&R and used to assemble some late-production rifles. LMR barrels are considered high quality barrels.
This Harrington & Richardson M1 Garand was made in 1953 or 1954. In June of 1966 it was Arsenal Rebuilt at the Letterkenny Army Depot. It is marked accordingly on the receiver leg. It was rebuilt using Springfield parts and an LMR barrel. LMR made quality barrels mainly for International Harvester but did provide barrels for some H&R Garands. The rifle’s metal has since been refinished and the wood has been refurbished. This is a good looking rifle to add to your Military Collection.