Sold for $2725.00
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand.
Serial Number: 3789148
Year of Manufacture: May, 1945 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
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 / 3789148”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-W.R.A.”- A Winchester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: Unmarked with a round top – The marking may have been lost to refinishing (page 103).
Follower:”13” – A Springfield part also used by Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “D 28291 35” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “CBI 6535448 01-05 JG” – A January, 2005 dated Criterion barrel (not listed on pages 61-63).
Bolt:“6528287-18 SA / Z-2”- A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock and sights are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The rifle has National Match sights installed. The front sight is marked “NM / .062” on the right. The rear sight riser is marked “NM”. The top of the aperture is marked “520”.
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 “SA”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The top and bottom edges of the stock have been built up with epoxy to better fit the action and trigger group.
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 left side of the stock shows a thin scratch extending from the front of the receiver downward towards the rear. The belly of the stock and right side of the stock, at the bottom metal, each show scrapes. There are other light handling marks on the stock. 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 to Fine overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.7. The throat shows a T.E. of 1.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The left side of the barrel and gas tube each show a light scrape. The metal shows other light handling marks The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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 leather sling marked “TURNER / SADDLERY” and “NM”.
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 back in 1945. The rifle has since been rebuilt and refinished. It now has a Criterion barrel installed and is topped with National Match sights. The rifle looks great and the bore is strong & bright. This M1 Garand will add to your Military collection and should do well out at the range. Good luck.