SOLD FOR: $1459.77
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 1779685
Year of Manufacture: July, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: June, 1967
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “EXCEL/GARDNER, MA.”.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 1779685”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-2-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: “SA 11” – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: unmarked – Used by Springfield and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “046E diamond” and “D 28291 29” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 30).
Op Rod: “7790722 SA” – A Springfield National Match part (page 71).
Barrel: “WINCHESTER 6535448 6-67 4 P M” and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp. – A Winchester part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287-SA / Z-4-B”- 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 National Match 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 “WCE”. The rear sight riser is marked “NM”. The rear sight aperture is marked “520”.
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 scrapes, small scratches and a small shallow dent. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small areas of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is well defined; shallow at the muzzle. There is heavy erosion in the bore. The bore shows an M.E. of 4.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 7.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and a few areas of discoloration. The receiver has surface erosion showing through the new finish. The bottom of the receiver has surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration. The bottom rear of the receiver shows thinning and some light surface erosion.The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good to Very Good 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 has an unmarked canvas sling attached. A combination tool and plastic oiler are stored in the butt. One side of the oiler contains agrease. The rifle comes with 10 M1 Garand clips.
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 made back in 1942. After WWII is served for a US friendly country and was eventually imported back into the US for sales to the civilian market. It is marked accordingly on the barrel. The rifle has been rebuilt and refinished. The rifle uses mostly Springfield parts but does have a Winchester barrel installed. The rifle uses a National Match rear sight and a National Match op rod. The bore isn’t the brightest but this M1 Garand can still put lots of lead down range. Good luck.