SOLD FOR: $3,025
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 2358323
Year of Manufacture: December 1943
No Barrel Date
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 / WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK / 2358323 ”
Trigger Group: “D28290-W.R.A.”
Trigger Guard: “C 46025 W.R.A.”
Safety: “C46015-4W.R.A.” – Partially visible on the left.
Receiver Leg: “D28291-2” –Correct for the Winchester serial number.
Op Rod: “D35382-W.R.A.”
Barrel: “PW” – A Winchester proof mark.
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 butt is marked with a boxed “OG” Arsenal Rebuild 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. The buttplate shows light oxidation and wear. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. The LOP measures 13 1/4 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: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are bright and the grooves are semi bright. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is some light erosion in the grooves at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.9. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 8.5 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. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes, and handling marks. The bottom of the gas tube shows small scratches. The sides of the trigger group show thinning under the wood. The sights show light thinning on the leading edges. The edges of the receiver legs show small amounts of light thinning. The action shows operational wear. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
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 a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Certificate of Authenticity and a CMP invoice. The rifle is stored in the rifle’s original shipping box from the CMP. The rifle has a green canvas sling attached.
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 WWII that production would be contracted out to another gunmaker, Harrington & Richardson, as well as the agricultural equipment maker, International Harvester.
This Winchester M1 Garand was originally made back in 1943. At some point it was Arsenal Rebuilt at the Ogden Arsenal and is marked accordingly on the stock. This M1 Garand was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and comes with a CMP Certificate of Authenticity. The rifle uses mostly Winchester parts including its Wichester proofed barrel. The op rod is a Springfield part.
This M1 Garand is in Very Good Plus to Fine condition with nice markings. The rifle looks good and has a strong bright bore.
…Now go shoot something!