SOLD FOR: $4025
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1D Garand. This rifle was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) as an M1D Garand.
Serial Number: 1674870
Year of Manufacture: June 1943. 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 / 1674870”.
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA” – A Springfield part (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “SA D5546008”– A Springfield part (page 97).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: Unmarked – A Springfield part used by others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “D28291-28” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “7790722 SA” – A Springfield National Match part (page 71).
Bolt: “D28287-2SA / J8”- A Springfield part (page 52).
Barrel: “-D7312555 A155B-” on the top 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 M84 scope is attaches to the rifle with a two piece hinged mount. The mount has an included screw with an oversized head that mates with the base installed on the barrel. The scope is an M84 2.2 power that uses a thin post reticle. The scope appears to have been refurbished or repaired in the past as it no longer has a tapered post reticle (this is common). The scope has a sliding sunshade on the front of the tube and a rubber eyepiece on the rear. It has two adjustment knobs under metal flip caps that turn. The scope is marked “TELESCOPE / M84 / SERIAL NO. 10421” on the side plate. The tube & sun shade show scrapes and cleaned surface erosion. There are a few small black flecks top right & bottom left of the view. The remainder of the view appears clear.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock is marked with a faded Defense “Eagle” acceptance stamp.
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 refinished buttplate is worn. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. The most prominent marks are on the 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 overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are dark. The rifling is deep. There is erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 3. The throat shows a T.E. of 7.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 6 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 96% of its metal finish as refinished. The bottom rear of the receiver has surface erosion bleeding through the new finish causing discoloration from oxidation. The metal shows scuffs and small scrapes. The action shows light operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. Some of the stock markings are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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: The rifle comes with an M84 scope assembly; see above. The rifle comes with a canvas scope case, canvas sling, leather cheek piece, T-37 Flash Hider, cleaning tools, a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) hard case, metal clip, owners manual, chamber flag, and a CMP Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate is marked with the rifle’s serial number and “MODEL: M1D GARAND”.
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 was later Arsenal converted to an M1D Sniper rifle. The rifle was eventually sold through the CMP. This M1D comes with a M84 scope assembly, T-37 Flash Hider, CMP hard case, and a CMP Certificate that lists the rifle as an M1D Garand.
The Springfield Armory barrel is marked properly with the correct date and stampings on the top & side of the barrel. This rifle was refinished after it was purchased from the CMP. This M1D Sniper will make a nice addition to your collection.
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!