SOLD FOR: $3009
Make: Springfield Armory. The rifle’s action uses all Springfield parts.
Model: M1 Garand (CMP Collector Grade).
The rifle was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that lists it as an M1 Garand Collector.
Serial Number: 5433676
Year of Manufacture: 1954 to 1955. Barrel Date: October 1954
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Automatic, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: Markings: There is no import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 5433676”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”
Hammer: “SA D5546008”
Receiver Leg: “F 6528291” – Correct for the rifle’s serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “6535382 SA”
Barrel: “SA 6535448 10 54”
Bolt: “6528287-SA / A15”
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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P”. 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, stacking loop, two sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The buttplate shows light scrapes. The wood shows small handling marks. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the bore that should clean up some. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.4. The throat shows a T.E. of 1.7.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 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 1950s.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs and small scrapes. The action shows light operational wear. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus 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, invoice, and owner’s manual. The certificate and invoice are marked with the rifle’s serial number. The certificate lists the rifle as an “M1 Garand Collector”.
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 M1 Garand was made between 1954 and 1955. It is in Fine condition and its action uses all Springfield parts. This M1 Garand was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that lists it as an M1 Garand Collector.
…Now go shoot something!