Sold For: $1,375.00
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 5813724
Year of Manufacture: 1955 to 1957. Barrel Date: February, 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 / 5813724”.
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA C5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA” – A Springfield M14 part (page 103).
Follower: unmarked – Used by Springfield others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “D35382 9 SA” – An Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA 6535448 2 55 A219A”, “P” twice, with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp, and other inspection stamps – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287-SA / A15”- 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 “WCE”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P”. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a faded Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp.
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 small scratches and thinning. The wood shows scattered, scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some of the marks have damaged or removed areas of the surface wood. The most prominent marks are on the front handguard. 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 condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is light erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.7. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, scrapes, and thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The bottom of the trigger group shows light thinning. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings are 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: 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 between 1955 and 1957. The rifle has been rebuilt but the action still uses all Springfield parts. Granted, the safety is a Springfield M14 part. This is a good looking M1 Garand that will add nicely to your military collection. Good luck.