Sold For: $1,525.00
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 4342167
Year of Manufacture: 1952 to 1954. Barrel Date: February, 1965
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 / 4342167”.
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: “MXR” – A Springfield M14 part not listed in our reference material (page 103).
Follower: unmarked – Used by Springfield others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “D 6528291 43” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle). It is also marked “BA4 / 9-65” in electric pencil. This is a September, 1965 Arsenal Rebuild mark from the Anniston Arsenal (not Benecia). Benecia Arsenal was closed (deactivated 1963) before this rebuild mark was applied. BA4 is one of the codes used for Anniston.
Op Rod: “NM” on top and “7790722-RA” – An Springfield National Match part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA 6535448 2 65 Y78”, “P”, with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp, and other inspection stamps – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“6528287 HRA / .U.”- A Harrington & Richardson 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 “WRIGHT”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof and a partial stamping. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp. The left side of the butt is marked “27” in paint.
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, scratches and thinning. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The belly of the stock is missing small chips of wood at the bottom metal. The wood has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 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 grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling and light intermittent erosion in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish as refinished. The bottom of the receiver has surface erosion showing through the new finish. Much of the surface erosion is bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration from oxidation. The receiver, bolt and rear sight each have surface erosion showing through the new finish. Some of the surface erosion is bleeding through the new finish causing small spots of discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal shows scrapes & surface erosion. The gas tube shows scrapes & scratches. The metal shows other handling marks. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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: 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 1952 and 1954. The rifle has since been rebuilt and refinished. This M1 Garand has a strong bore and will be putting .30-06 downrange for a long time to come. Good luck.