WWII Springfield M1 Garand U.S. US .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle 1945 C&R
SOLD FOR: $2080
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 3525102
Year of Manufacture: February, 1945 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: February, 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 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 3525102”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-14 SA- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA 5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “C46015-6SA” –A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: “13” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “0 7 8 D” and “D 28291-35” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382-6 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “S-A-2-44” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“D28287-19SA / B-19”- 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 “ P” proof. The top of the grip is marked “606”. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with 2 Augusta Arsenal Rebuild stamps “AAG” and “AAS in a box”.
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 scrapes & small scratches. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The wood has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 1/8 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: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up a bit. There is no visible erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish as refinished. The gas tube has been treated with cold blue. The bottom rear of the receiver shows thinning and has surface erosion showing through the new finish. The metal shows scuffs, scrapes and handling marks. The gas tube & trigger guard also shows scratches. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The markings are well defined. The stock markings are slightly faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 cleaning gear stored in the butt including, a chamber brush, 4 piece cleaning rod and a combination tool.
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 1945. We do not know its service history but it was most likely put to good use during WWII. It has been Arsenal Rebuilt and refinished since the rebuild. This M1 Garand is in pretty good shape for a military service rifle that is over 75 years old. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts which makes it desirable to collectors. It will add to your WWII collection and would make you smile out at the range. Good luck.