Sold for $1830.01
Make: Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Arms Company
Model: M1 Garand .308 Expert Grade. An M1 Garand Rebuilt and rechambered in .308. The conversion was done by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).
Serial Number: 5782454
Year of Manufacture: 1954. Barrel Date: November, 2018
Caliber: .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / H. & R. ARMS CO. / 5782454”
Trigger Group: “6528290 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 97).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: unmarked – An H&R part used by otheres (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “6528291” – Correct for a 1954 H&R M1 (page 30).
Op Rod: “D35382-6 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Bolt: “D28287-19SA / A-8”- A Springfield part (pages 51 & 52).
Barrel: “CBI .308 11010457 1-10 .093 11/18 5K” – A new production (November, 2018) Criterion barrel chambered in .308 Winchester with a 1 in 10 twist.
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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the new production hardwood stock is marked with “boxed” a CMP cartouche containing “CMP / eagle holding arrows”. The interior of the forearm is stamped “APRIL 24 2018”.
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 buttplate shows light scrapes. The right side of the stock shows a vertical scratch to the rear of the sling loop. The wood shows a few small scrapes & handling marks. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to CMP Conversion
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of -0.2 (negative 0.2).
Overall Condition: The gas tube has been refinished in gun paint. This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, a few small scratches and areas of discoloration. The op rod shows surface erosion and discoloration from oxidation. Surface erosion shows through the new finish on the bottom rear of the receiver. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
The rifle would rate in higher condition if the op rod were replaced.
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 and accessories come in a black plastic CMP hard case that is marked on both sides with “CMP / www.theCMP.org”, the CMP seal “stars / eagle holding arrows”, and with other information.
The rifle comes with an M1 Garand owner’s manual, CMP chamber flag, M1 Garand clip and a CMP Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate is marked with the rifle’s serial number and “M1 Garand .308 Expert Grade”.
Our Assessment: The M1 Garand had garnered a well-deserved reputation as the best standardized service rifle of WWII. At the end of WWII large numbers of Garands were in inventory and it was assumed they were sufficient to meet future military needs. That all changed when the Korean War broke out. Springfield Armory ramped up its Garand production line as quickly as possible, but additional sources were needed. International Harvester was contracted to produce M1 Garands in 1951. On April 3, 1952, H&R was given a contract for the production of M1 Garand rifles.
H&R had produced a number of types of firearms for the civilian market, but H&R’s prior experience in military firearm production for the government was primarily limited to the Reising .45 ACP submachine gun that it made during World War II. H&R was able to capitalize on its arms making experience during production and supplied International Harvester with assistance in producing M1 Garands. Unlike the mix of parts found on some IHC M1 Garands, there was typically much more consistency in the H&R rifles including the format of the receiver markings. Unlike IHC, H&R made its own barrels for most of the company’s production run. When International Harvester opted out of its contact, a number of the Line Material Corp. (LMR) barrels on hand were diverted to H&R and used to assemble some late-production rifles. LMR barrels are considered high quality barrels.
This Harrington & Richardson M1 Garand was made back in 1954. It has since been completely rebuilt and refinished by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The barrel and stock are new production parts. It is now an M1 Garand .308 Expert Grade. The Criterion barrel is chambered in .308 Winchester with a 1 in 10 twist rate. The rifle looks good and the bore is strong & bright. The rifle is in Very Good Plus to Fine condition, but would rate in higher condition if the op rod were replaced. This M1 Garand comes with a CMP Certificate of Authenticity and a CMP hard case. Good luck.