SOLD FOR: $2075
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
All but one of the listed parts has markings and/or drawing numbers that are correct for, or “Matching” to, the rifle’s serial number.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5439806
Year of Manufacture: 1954 – 1955. Barrel Date: October, 1954
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 / 5439806”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part used for the next block of Springfield serial numbers (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). The correct marking should be “6528290 SA”. The difference is minor but we have to point it out.
Hammer: “SA D5546008”– Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” (faded) – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 104).
Follower: Unmarked – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A 6 0”, and “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 71).
Barrel: “T”, “K”, “P” (twice), “SA F6535448 10 54 A215” and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – Correct date range for the Springfield serial number (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “6528287-SA / A14” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 764 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Gas Cylinder Lock Screw: “O” – A Springfield subcontractor part (page 115).
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 “NI C”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the stock is stamped with a faded Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp above the trigger. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
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 stock shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of the 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
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows light scrapes, small scratches, and handling marks. The receiver shows some light discoloration. The receiver and bolt shows light operational wear. The markings range from deep to well defined 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: The rifle comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The certificate is marked “M1 Garand Correct Grd” and with the rifle’s serial number. The owner’s name is covered in white out.
The rifle comes in a green hard plastic case. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) case is marked on both sides “CMP / www.theCMP.org” and with the CMP seal “stars / eagle holding arrows”.
A 4 piece cleaning rod & loop are stored in a green nylon pouch located in the butt.
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 WWII that production would be contracted out to another gunmaker, Harrington & Richardson, as well as the agricultural equipment maker, International Harvester.
This “Correct Grade” Springfield Armory M1 Garand was made in 1954 and uses all Springfield parts. All but one of the listed parts has markings and/or drawing numbers that are correct for the rifle’s serial number. The trigger Group is marked “6528290-SA” which was used for the next block of Springfield serial numbers. The correct marking should be “6528290 SA”. The difference is minor but we have to point it out.
This M1 Garand comes in a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Certificate of Authenticity listing the rifle as a Correct Grade M1 Garand. The CMP website states the following about Correct Grade rifles: “Correct Grade rifles will have all correct parts for the date of manufacture”.
This Springfield M1 Garand looks good and should be a blast out at the range. Good luck.