WWII Springfield M1 Garand US U.S. .30-06 Semi Automatic Rifle MFD 1943 C&R
SOLD FOR: $1256
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand.
Serial Number: 2419663
Year of Manufacture: December, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: April, 1956
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 / 2419663”.
Trigger Group: “D28290..SA”- Part of the marking has been lost to surface erosion. 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 all 4 manufacturers (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “0 5 B”, and “D 28291 32” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA 6535448 4 56 A226B ”, “P” (twice), “M”, “K”and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield part (pages 61-63).
Bolt:“D28287-18 SA / B4A”- 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 and “DRC”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “NIC” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a partial “P” proof. The bottom of the butt is marked “3123455”.
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 light small scratches and surface erosion. There is an empty marking disk cutout on the bottom of the grip. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several of the marks 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 and grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent light erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.7. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The bottom rear of the receiver has surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration. The trigger group has surface erosion & pitting showing through the new finish. The metal shows scuffs, scrapes, small scratches, and light thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The receiver and bolt show light 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: The rifle comes with an unmarked leather sling, a combination tool and a 4 piece cleaning rod & pouch.
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 1943. The rifle has since been rebuilt. The action uses all Springfield parts making it quite collectible. The metal was refinished during the rebuild so the rifle looks great for its age. This M1 Garand will add to your Military collection and should do well out at the range. Good luck.