Sold for $1680.00
Make: Springfield Armory.
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 321500
Year of Manufacture: August 1941. Barrel Date: February, 1952
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 / 321500”
Trigger Group: “D28290-12-SA”- A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-2 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: unmarked with a round top – The marking may have been lost to refinishing (page 103).
Follower: “11” – A Springfield part also used by Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “D 28291-12SA” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “7790722 SA.” – A Springfield National Match part (page 71).
Barrel: “S-A-2-52” – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt:“D28287-12SA / S-06 diamond”- 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 “DRC. The elevation knob is marked from “2-10” in increments of two and “11” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The bottom of the butt is marked with a number that does not match the serial number.
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 scratches, thinning and surface erosion. The bottom of the grip shows an unfilled cutout. The left side of the handguard shows filled surface cracks. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves are light gray and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the bore. It is more prominent in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 6.
Overall Condition: The barrel, receiver and a few small parts have been refinished. This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes & scratches. The bolt shows discoloration. The bottom rear of the receiver shows cleaned surface erosion and thinning. The gas tube assembly shows thinning and a small area of light surface erosion. The bottom metal shows surface erosion. The sides of the trigger group show thinning. The receiver and bolt bolt show operational wear. The op rod shows discoloration from oxidation and thinning on the edges. 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: The rifle comes with an extra WWII M1 Garand barrel. It is marked with a drawing number on the bottom. The side is marked “S-A 8-41” and with a commercial British export mark “.30-06 2.5” 18 TONS”; this is NOT a British military marking. The barrel was previously installed on an M1 Garand that served outside the US, but the marking was applied commercially when the rifle or barrel was imported back into the US.
M1 Garands that served in Europe were exported back into the US through Britain (page 217).
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is well defined. There is erosion in the bore. It is heavy in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.
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 made back in 1941. It has since been rebuilt and refinished. The rifle has nice markings and can ring plenty of steel out at the range. This M1 Garand comes with an extra M1 Garand barrel that has British markings on it. The barrel was previously installed on an M1 Garand that served outside the US. Good luck.