SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 3086614
Year of Manufacture: August, 1944 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: Octoberer, 1951
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: The import mark on the left rear of the receiver reads “CENTURY ARMS INC. / ST ALBANS VT”. .
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 3086614”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- 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: “8” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “B2 9 C” and “D 6528291 34” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “D35382 SA” – An Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “HRA-10-51” and “P” – A Harrington & Richardson part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“D28287-19SA / A-5”- 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” and “W in a hexagon”.
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 buttplate shows scrapes, discoloration from oxidation, and soiling. The grip shows tool marks. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The most prominent marks are on the left below the receiver. 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, scratches and discoloration. The barrel has surface erosion showing through the new finish. The gas tube assembly shows thinning and some discoloration from oxidation. The bottom rear of the receiver shows thinning and light surface erosion. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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 during WWII. After WWII it served for a U.S. friendly country and was eventually imported back into the U.S. for sales to the civilian market. It is marked accordingly on the receiver. The rifle has been rebuilt using mostly Springfield parts. The rifle has seen some use but can still do plenty of work and will add to your WWII collection. Good luck.