SOLD FOR: $1675
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5800551
Year of Manufacture: ATF Modern
1955 to 1957 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). No Barrel Date
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: The import mark on the left side of the receiver reads “INTRAC KNOX TN”.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 5800551”.
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Trigger Guard: “C-46025-1-SA” – A Springfield part (page 92).
Hammer: “SA C5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: unmarked – Used by Springfield and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “F 652…” – The marking has been lost to surface erosion and refinishing. “F 6528291” is the correct marking for this Springfield serial number. No other serial block range uses this “F” drawing number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “D35382 SA” – An Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: Unmarked – A modern aftermarket barrel (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287-SA / Z-2”- 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 “2-11”, “WCE” and “M”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: 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 left side of the handguard and the wood below it show scrapes & scratches. The wood shows other handling marks. 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 to Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Conversion
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The grooves near the muzzle are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up. There is intermittent erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The bottom of the receiver and the receiver legs have surface erosion & pitting showing through the new finish. The metal shows scattered scuffs and light scrapes. The op rod, receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings are well defined. 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: 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 originally made between 1955 and 1957. It appears to have been issued to a U.S. friendly county and imported into the U.S. It has since been converted to fire .308 Winchester by the importer. This is a good looking M1 Garand with lots of good markings. This will make for collectible M1 Garand that you can take out the range on a regular basis. Good Luck.