SOLD FOR: $1251
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5854180
Year of Manufacture: 1955 to 1957 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: May, 1955
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 / 4269839”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-2-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-1W.R.A.”– A Winchester part (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: Unmarked – Used by Springfield and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “T 1” and “ “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “6535382 HRA” – A Harrington & RIchardson part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA 6535448”, “5 55”, “MD 50”, “M”, “P” (twice) and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287 HRA / .U.”- A Harrington & Richardson 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 two and “NIC”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp.
The wood 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 refinished buttplate shows small scrapes. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many 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: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright and the muzzle is light gray. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion in the grooves. There is frosting near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes and small scratches. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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: None
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 1955. It has since been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts but still retains its original 1955 dated Springfield barrel. The rifle was refinished when it was rebuilt. This is a good looking rifle that can put .30-06 down range as far as you can pull the trigger. It will add to your Military collection and should be fun out at the range. Good luck.