SOLD FOR: $3034
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1D Garand. This rifle has an M1D barrel and M1D scope base installed. There is no scope.
Serial Number: 2075404
Year of Manufacture: October, 1943 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s book, M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition)
Barrel Date: June 1952
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Block Clip Fed
Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 2075404”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-8-SA” – A Springfield Armory part (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-1W.R.A.”– A Winchester part (page 97).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: unmarked – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “D 28291 30” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 30).
Op Rod: “6535382 HRA.” – A Harrington and Richardson part (page 71).
Bolt: “6528287-SA / A14”- A Springfield part (page 52).
Barrel: “M”, “D7312555”, “A155B” and with a partial “crossed cannons” stamp on the top.
“P” twice, “T” (targeted), and “S-A-6-52” on the side. – Correct drawing number “D7312555” and location for a Springfield M1D barrel of this date (The M1D Sniper Rifle by Scott A. Duff, scott-duff.com).
The stock, sights and scope assembly 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 set between protective wings.
The rifle comes with a barrel mounted M1D scope base. It is drilled & tapped to accept an M84 scope & mount.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “P” proof and the base is marked “1X”. The right side of the butt is marked with a rack number “5151”. The left side of the butt is marked with an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Raritan Arsenal, “RA”.
The three piece oil finished stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, two sling loops, stacking loop and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scuffs. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Most of the marks are small or light. 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 Plus to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up a bit. There is light erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.2. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 8 out of 10.
Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. The exposed metal shows scrapes and scratches. The receiver shows discoloration. The action shows operational wear. The markings on are well defined; a few are lightly faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
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 produced back in 1943. It has since been converted to M1D configuration by the addition of an M1D barrel and M1D scope base.
The Springfield Armory barrel is marked properly with the correct date and drawing numbers on the top & side of the barrel. This is a good looking Garand to add to your collection. You can find M84 scopes & mounts on-line to complete this M1D Sniper.
Here is some M1D information from Scott Duff (who literally wrote the book on the M1 Garand) over at www.scott-duff.com : “As all M1D rifles were rebuilt rifles, the receiver may be of any manufacture and of any serial number produced prior to the date of the rebuild. The same applies to the individual components, any part made prior to the date of the rebuild is correct. All M1D barrels were made by Springfield Armory. The earliest observed M1D barrel is dated 5-51. M1D barrels have been counterfeited and merit careful examination. Nearly all M1D barrels were stamped with drawing number D7312555. M1D barrels manufactured through the fall of 1952 had the drawing number stamped on the top, underneath the rear hand guard. M1D barrels manufactured after the fall of 1952 had the drawing number stamped on the right side, adjacent to the date. The total number of service grade rifles converted by the military to M1D configuration is unknown. However, it is certain that well over 10,000 were converted. No less than 5,000 M1Ds were sold or given to foreign nations. In 1993 and 1994 over 6,000 M1D rifles were deemed obsolete and destroyed under orders from the Secretary of the Army. Beginning in 1995, M1D rifles were sold by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM), the forerunner to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) to qualified individuals.”
…Now go shoot something!