SOLD FOR: $4,400
Model: M1D Garand Sniper.
This rifle was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). It has an M1D barrel and M1D scope base installed. An M84 scope is included.
Serial Number: 1347052
Year of Manufacture: June 1943
Barrel Date: September 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 / WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK / 1347052”.
Trigger Group: “D28290W.RA.”
Hammer: “C46008–7 SA”
Safety: “C46015-4 W.R.A.” – Partially visible on the left
Receiver Leg: “D28291-2” and “TE / 5-64” (hand scribed) – Correct for the Winchester serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 9 SA”
Bolt: “D28287-1 W.R.A.”
Barrel: “-SA D7312555 A174A- on the top and “S-A-9-52” on the side. – Correct drawing number “D7312555” and location for a Springfield M1D barrel.
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 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 M84 scope is a 2.2 power that uses a thin post reticle. 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. 25299” on the side plate. The view is mostly clear. There are 3 small black flecks on the left side of the view. The scope assembly shows scattered scuffs and scrapes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof.
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 has cleaned surface erosion and wear showing through the new finish. The front handguard is secure but has about a 1/16th of an inch of side to side play. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Most of the marks are small or light. The wood also shows light sanding marks. The bottom of the butt has 2 small unfilled screw holes from a previously mounted check piece. 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 overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The lands are bright and the grooves are semi bright. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is light fouling in the grooves which should clean up a bit. There is some light erosion in the grooves at the edge of the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.4. 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 97% of its metal finish as refinished. The receiver has areas of surface erosion showing through the new finish. The bottom of the left receiver leg shows an area of light thinning and light discoloration from oxidation. The metal shows scuffs and scrapes. The rear of the receiver shows discoloration. The action shows operational wear. The markings are clear. 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: The rifle comes with a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) packing list and a CMP invoice. The rifle and listed accessories are stored in the rifle’s original shipping box from the CMP.
The rifle comes with an M84 scope assembly; see above.
The rifle has a T37 flash hider installed on the barrel and a leather cheek piece on the stock. The rifle comes with an extra M2 Flash Hider. The rifle comes with its original long term storage bag and other long term storage materials for the scope and accessories. The rifle comes with cleaning gear and a sling that are still in their long term storage packaging.
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 Winchester M1 Garand was originally produced back in 1943. It was converted to M1D configuration by the addition of an M1D barrel and M1D scope base. In May of 1964 the rifle was Arsenal Rebuilt at the Tooele Army Depot and is marked accordingly on the receiver leg. It was placed into long term storage. In 1999 the rifle was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The rifle has since been refinished.
The Springfield Armory barrel is marked properly with the date and drawing numbers on the top & side of the barrel. This is a good looking M1 Garand with a strong bore. It comes with an M84 scope T37 Flash Hider, and other accessories.
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!