SOLD FOR: $3625
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand. Converted to an M1D Sniper rifle. The conversion was NOT done by a Military Armory.
Serial Number: 3865190
Year of Manufacture: July to October, 1945 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s book, M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition)
Barrel Date: January, 1952
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Block Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 3865190”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-5-SA” – A Springfield Armory part (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-3 SA”– A Springfield part (page 97).
Safety: “MXR” – A Springfield M14 part not listed in our reference material (page 103).
Follower: “12” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “Z 1 D”, “M” and “D 28291 35” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 30).
Op Rod: “…35382 9 SA” – A Springfield part. The beginning of the drawing number was lost to machining during an Arsenal Refurbishment (page 71).
Bolt: “D28287-19SA / A-5 diamond”- A Springfield part (page 52).
Barrel: “M”, “D7312555”, “M1-D”, A160” and with a “crossed cannons” stamp on the top.
“P” twice and “S-A-1-52” on the side. – Correct drawing number “D7312555” and location for a Springfield M1D barrel of this date (The M1D Sniper Rifle by Scott A. Duff, scott-duff.com).
The stock, sights and scope assembly 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 set between 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 “HRA”.
The rifle comes with an M82 Scope assembly. The M82 was originally used on M1C Garand Sniper Rifles with a Griffin & Howe mount. This M82 is set in an M1D mount. M1D Garand Snipers were issued with an M84 scope in an M1D mount.
The M82 scope tube markings are mostly covered by the mount; “82 / 4688” is visible. It is marked “7634671” below the top adjustment knob. The scope has been refinished. The view is mostly clear. There are small black flecks along the edges. The scope uses a tapered post reticle that is not centered. It sits slightly to the right of center. The scope assembly is in about Good to Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the buttstock, under the pad, is marked with a partial Springfield Armory stamp “S.A. in a box”. The face of the grip is marked with 2 “circled P” proofs.
The three piece oil finished stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, two sling loops, stacking loop and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The refinished buttplate has surface erosion and scratches showing through the finish. The wood shows scuffs, scrapes, and handling marks that have been oiled. The left side of the stock shows two small filled surface repairs below the receiver. The butt shows large scuffs from the cheekpiece. 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 as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up a bit. There is some oxidation in the grooves 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 90% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes and small scratches. The left side of the receiver has been polished clean of its finish. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings on are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with an M82 scope, M1D scope mount, M2 flash hider and a leather cheek piece. The cheek piece is marked “MRT / 6-52”. The flash hider is marked “H in a diamond / HIDER, FLASH, M2”.
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 produced back in 1945. It has since been converted to an M1D Sniper rifle. The conversion was not done by a Military Armory. The rifle comes with an M82 Scope set in an M1D mount. Both the rifle and scope have been refinished.
The Springfield Armory barrel is marked properly with the correct date and stampings on the top & side of the barrel. This is a good looking Garand to add to your collection.
Here is some M1D information from Scott Duff (who literally wrote the book on the M1 Garand) over at www.scott-duff.com : “As all M1D rifles were rebuilt rifles, the receiver may be of any manufacture and of any serial number produced prior to the date of the rebuild. The same applies to the individual components, any part made prior to the date of the rebuild is correct. All M1D barrels were made by Springfield Armory. The earliest observed M1D barrel is dated 5-51. M1D barrels have been counterfeited and merit careful examination. Nearly all M1D barrels were stamped with drawing number D7312555. M1D barrels manufactured through the fall of 1952 had the drawing number stamped on the top, underneath the rear hand guard. M1D barrels manufactured after the fall of 1952 had the drawing number stamped on the right side, adjacent to the date. The total number of service grade rifles converted by the military to M1D configuration is unknown. However, it is certain that well over 10,000 were converted. No less than 5,000 M1Ds were sold or given to foreign nations. In 1993 and 1994 over 6,000 M1D rifles were deemed obsolete and destroyed under orders from the Secretary of the Army. Beginning in 1995, M1D rifles were sold by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM), the forerunner to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) to qualified individuals.”