Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand Navy MK2 MOD 1 (Mark 2 Model 1).
An M1 Garand converted to 7.62 NATO by the installation of a Military contract 7.62x51mm barrel. We do not know who converted this rifle. The conversion was done commercially, NOT by a military armorer.
Serial Number: 2533322
Year of Manufacture: January, 1944. (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: March, 1966
Caliber: 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm or .308 Winchester)
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 2533322”
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “5546008 IHC” – An International Harvester part (page 98).
Safety: “HRA” – A Harrington and Richardson part (page 103).
Follower: “11” – A Springfield part also used by Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “B 1 9 diamond” and “D 6528291 32” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 30).
Op Rod: “7790722-SA” and “NM” on the top – A Springfield National Match part (page 71).
Bolt: “6528287-SA / Y02” – A Springfield part (page 53).
Barrel:“SA 11686514 3 66 MD61, “P”, “M”, and “7.62 MM” – A USGI Springfield barrel (pages 61-63) chambered in 7.62 NATO. For more detailed information on the markings see page 582 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle.
The stock and sights are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: National Match sights are installed. The front sight is marked “NM / 062”. The right side of the rear sight is marked “N M/2”. The face of the riser is marked “NM” The top of the aperture is marked “595”.
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 “WCE”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood 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 butttplate has been refinished. The wood shows scattered scrapes and scratches. TThe 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 overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is some light oxidation at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish as refinished. The gas tube screw and bolt latch show thinning and discoloration. The metal shows scuffs, scrapes, and scratches. The most prominent marks are on the bottom metal. There is light grease residue on the metal. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The receiver markings are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
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 leather sling marked “MRT 2-62”
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 Navy was originally produced back in 1944 as a standard M1 Garand. It was later converted to M1 Garand Navy MK2 MOD1 configuration by the installation of a Military contract 7.62 NATO barrel. The conversion was done commercially, NOT by a military armorer. The rifle has National Match sights and a National Match op rod installed. The rifle has been refinished so it looks good and has a strong bore. This M1 Garand Navy should do well at the range and will add to a Military collection. Good luck.