SOLD FOR: $1500
Make: Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Arms Company
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5643549
Year of Manufacture: 1954 (page 30 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: 6-55
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. / 5643549”
Trigger Group: “6528290—HRA N”- An H&R part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “HRA 5546008”– An H&R part (page 97).
Safety: “HRA” – An H&R part (page 104).
Follower: unmarked – An H&R part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “J” and “6528291” – Correct for a 1954 H&R M1 (page 30).
Op Rod: “D35382-3-SA” –A Springfield part (page 71).
Bolt: “6528287 HRA / .U.”- An H&R part (pages 51 & 52).
Barrel: “Y”, “HRA 6535448 6-55 RS52”, “M”, “P” and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – An H&R part (page 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 “HRA-W”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “HR A”. These are H&R rear sight markings (page 39-40).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock above the trigger is with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp which is correct for an M1 stock made after Sept./Oct. 1953 (page 129-130).
The oil stained 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 stacking loop is bent but has been refinished. The buttplate shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration. The stock shows several scrapes, scratches & compression marks. The most prominent marks are below the left side of 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 bore is bright. The grooves near the muzzle are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is some intermittent erosion and fouling in the grooves near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up a bit. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, scuffs, and thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The front of the barrel and bottom metal shows thin scratches and light thinning. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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 has a green canvas sling attached. It is marked “MTR / DEC 1953”.
The rifle comes with an M1 Bayonet and Scabbard. The base of the blade is marked “UFH / U flaming bomb S / 1942” on one side and with a “flming bomb” on the other. The crosspiece is marked “N01135”. The scabbard is marked “U.S. in a flaming bomb”.
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 rifle comes with a CMP paperwork and a manual.
There is NO Certificate of Authenticity.
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 1954. It has been rebuilt but still uses mostly H&R parts. It comes with an M1 Bayonet & scabbard and comes in a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) hard case. This is a good looking rifle with a strong bore. It will add to your Military collection and should be a ton of fun to shoot.