Title: Springfield M1 Garand US .30-06 Greek CMP Collector Semi Auto Rifle C&R Box
Make: Springfield Armory. This rifle is a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Collector Grade “Greek return” that uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5842522
Year of Manufacture: 1955 to 1957. Barrel Date: April, 1955
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 / 5842522”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA D5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: Unmarked – A Springfield part used by others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “T 1” and “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “T”, “K”, “P” (3 places), “SA F6535448 4 55 A220C” and with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp – A Springfield part (page 63 – 64).
Bolt: “6528287-SA / A15” – A Springfield part (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 face of the grip is marked with “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock above the trigger is with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp which is correct for an M1 stock made after Sept./Oct. 1953 (page 129-130).
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 stock shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The wood has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is some fouling in the grooves and near the muzzle which should clean up a bit. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.8. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and handling marks. The most prominent marks are on the barrel. The rear of the receiver shows small dents. The receiver and bolt shows light operational wear. The markings are clear. 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 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate is marked with the rifle’s serial number and “M1 Garand Collector GK”. It comes in its original long term storage bag and in a shipping box from the CMP. The rifle also comes with an owner’s manual, chamber flag and clip.
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 Springfield Armory M1 Garand was made sometime between 1955 and 1957. It still uses all Springfield parts. It comes with a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Certificate of Authenticity marked “M1 Garand Collector GK”. This rifle is a Collector Grade “Greek return”. Following WWII the United States supported the Greek Government in the Greek Civil War against Communist forces. This support continued after the Communists were defeated and Greece joined NATO in 1952. This Springfield M1 Garand is a desirable & collectible rifle. It looks impressive and the bore is strong & bright. It will add nicely to your Military collection.