SOLD FOR: $2525
Make: Springfield Armory. This rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand. This rifle was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) as a Collector Grade M1 Garand.
Serial Number: 5870989
Year of Manufacture: 1955 – 1957. Barrel Date: April 1955
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 5870989”
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: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: unmarked – A Springfield part used by others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “F6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “6535382 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA F6535448”, “4 55” and with other stamps – A Springfield part (pages 63 – 65).
Bolt: “6528287 -SA / A15”- A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock and sight 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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp.
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 scrapes. The wood shows scattered scrapes, scratches and handling marks. The most prominent marks are on the left side of the front handguard. 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: Original
Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is light fouling in the grooves that should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.6. The throat shows a T.E. of 1.5.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 9 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 1950’s
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs and light scrapes. The action shows light operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. 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 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Certificate of Authenticity that lists the rifle as an “M1 Garand Collector”.
The rifle also comes with a CMP chamber flag, sight protectors, and a charging handle protector.
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 sometime between 1955 and 1957. It was later purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) as a Collector Grade M1 Garand. It comes with a CMP Certificate of Authenticity. The rifle looks great, has a strong bright bore, and has plenty of deep Springfield markings. This rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts. This is a Nice M1 Garand for your collection.
…Now go shoot something!