WWII Winchester M1 Garand US U.S. .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle 1944 C&R
SOLD FOR: $1425
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 2479462
Year of Manufacture: August, 1944 (page 186 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: April, 1944
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 / WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK / 2479462”
Trigger Group: “D28290-W.R.A.”- A Winchester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Trigger Guard: C 46025 W.R.A. – A Winchester part (page 92).
Hammer: “C46008–1W.R.A.” – A Winchester part (page 98).
Safety: W.R.A.-1 – A Winchester part marked on the lower left. The marking is partially visible (page 103).
Follower: “11” – Used by Winchester & Springfield (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “D 28291-2” –Correct for the Winchester serial number (page 757 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “D35382 SA.” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “2-S-A-4 44” and “P” – A Springfield part (pages 61-63).
Bolt: “D-6528287 IHC / U” – An International Harvester 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 “DRC”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of 2 and “NIC”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, stacking loop, two sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The buttplate shows wear. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 84% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes, thinning on the leading edges of the metal and areas of light discoloration. The gas tube assembly and front of the barrel shows light thinning. The bottom rear of the receiver shows thinning. The bottom of the receiver has some oxidation bleeding though the new finish causing discoloration. The left receiver leg and the sides of the trigger group show light thinning.The receiver and bolt show operations wear. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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 a leather sling marked “MRT / 12-86”.
Our Assessment: 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 M1 Garand was made Winchester back in 1944. It has since been rebuilt using a mix of USGI and Winchester parts. The rifle was refinished when it was rebuilt so it looks pretty good for a WWII service rifle. This Winchester M1 Garand will add to your WWII collection and should be able to ring plenty of steel out at the range. Good luck.