SOLD FOR: $3652.99
Make: Springfield Armory. This rifle uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand.
Serial Number: 1880884
Year of Manufacture: September, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Barrel Date: August, 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 / 1880884”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “C46015-9SA – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: unmarked – Used by Springfield and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “AB 9 A diamond”, “TT” and “D 28291-29” – 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 / RE6B”- 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. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “UP arrow DOWN arrow / BATTLE triangle RANGE”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a “cross cannons” cartouche and a Springfield inspector’s cartouche “S.A. / EMc.F in a box”. The inspector’s cartouche has been restamped. 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 small scratches as well as discoloration from oxidation. The left side of the butt shows a filled surface crack. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The most prominent marks are on the left side below the receiver. Most of these marks have been oiled. 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 Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up a bit. There is erosion at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.8. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% of its metal finish. The metal shows scattered scrapes and scratches; more prominent on the gas tube and bottom metal. The bottom of the receiver has pin prick surface erosion showing through the new finish. Some is bleeding through the finish causing discoloration. The barrel shows paint residue on the front as well as scrapes & thinning at the rear. The metal shows oil residue. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. 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 with an unmarked leather sling, canvas soft case, cleaning gear and with 2 loaded ammo clips. The soft case marked “US” on the front and “TWEEDIES / 1943” on the interior. The markings on the full clips included “CALIBER. 30 / BALL M2 / 8”.
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 but still uses all Springfield parts. This M1 Garand looks impressive and has a good bore. It comes with a soft case, sling, cleaning gear and 2 full clips of ammo. It will add to your WWII collection and would make you smile out at the range. Good luck.