SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 960101
Year of Manufacture: November, 1942 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: May, 1952
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 / 960101”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-W.R.A”- A Winchester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “MXR” – A Springfield M14 part not listed in our reference material (page 103).
Follower: “13” – Used by Springfield and Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “R 2 8” and “D 28291-17” – The receiver legs show signs of a re-weld. The markings are correct for the Springfield serial number but this receiver has been restored (page 30).
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “S-A-5-52”- A Springfield mark (pages 63 – 65). This is a 2 grooved Model 1903 barrel mated to the rear of an M1 Garand barrel.
Bolt:“D28287-12SA / S04 diamond”- 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 “BME”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “BS”. The rear sight cover is marked “B8872”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, two sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The refinished buttplate has a dent, scratches and surface erosion showing through the new finish. The wood shows scattered scrapes, scratches and handling marks. Most of the marks are small or light. The buttstock shows mildew. 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 condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The 2 grooved Model 1903 barrel is mated to the rear of an M1 Garand barrel. The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is sharp. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuffs and small light scrapes. The front of the barrel shows scrapes & light surface erosion. The bottom rear of the receiver shows light thinning. The bottom metal has surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration.The receiver, bolt and right rear of the barrel show operational wear. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
Mechanics: This is a restored rifle. The receiver has been re-welded. The barrel is a 2 grooved Model 1903 barrel mated to the rear of an M1 Garand barrel.
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.
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 dates to 1942. This is a Restored Rifle. The receiver has been re-welded and the barrel has been assembled by mating a 2 grooved Model 1903 barrel to the rear of an M1 Garand barrel.
The rifle has been refinished and has clear markings on the metal. It looks good and should be fun to shoot. Good luck.