SOLD FOR: $1974
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: National Match M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5892483
Year of Manufacture: 1955 – 1957. Barrel Date: February, 1963
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 / 5892483”.
Gas Tube: “NM” on the bottom rear. -This is a National Match part.
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
The inside of the trigger group is marked with the last 4 digits of the serial number “2483” in white paint. This is a National Match marking (pages 546 557 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Hammer: “SA 5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA” – A Post WWII Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: Unmarked – Used by Springfield and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “T 7”, and “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “NM” on top and “7790722-SA” – A Springfield National match part (page 71).
Barrel: “NM” on the front left. “P” (twice), “T”, “SA 7791035 2 63 Y14”, and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield National Match barrel (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“D28287-12SA / S-11 / diamond”- A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock and sights are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: National Match sights are installed.
The left front sight wing is marked “NM / 062”. The left rear sight wing is marked “NM/2A”. The windage knob is marked “NM”. The face of the aperture’s riser is marked “NM”. The top of the aperture is marked “595”. The windage knob is marked “NM”.
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 “BME”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “NIC” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock (above the trigger) is marked with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The last 4 digits of the serial number “2483” are painted in white inside the barrel channel which is a National Match marking. The front handguard is glued to the lower band. The wood has been built up with a bedding compound to better fit the action and the trigger group. These modifications are consistent with a National Match rifle (pages 546 to 557 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
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. The wood shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. The most prominent are below the left side of the receiver. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is a small amount of light erosion at the muzzle. There is some erosion on the face of the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.3. The throat shows a T.E. of 1.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs and light handling marks. The barrel, gas tube and trigger guard also show scrapes. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. 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 National Match M1 Garand started life as standard issue M1 Garand back in the 1950’s. The rifle was later Arsenal Rebuilt into a National Match M1 Garand. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts. This M1 Garand looks great and the barrel is strong & bright. This M1 Garand uses a National Match (NM) barrel, NM sights, NM gas tube and a NM op rod. The handguard is glued to the lower band and the stock’s wood has been built up with a bedding compound to better fit the action and the trigger group.
This is a nice looking National Match M1 Garand for your collection. Good luck.