SOLD FOR: $2,305
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1D Garand Sniper
Serial Number: 3517462
Year of Manufacture: February, 1945 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th edition). Barrel Date: June, 1952
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Block Clip Fed
Markings: There is no visible import mark.
Flash Hider: “H in a diamond”, “HIDER FLASH M2” and “THE HART MFG. CO.”
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD ARMORY / 3517462”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA – A Springfield part (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th edition).
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”– A Springfield part (page 97).
Safety: “HRA” – A Harington & Richardson part (page 104).
Follower: “12” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “077B”, “55” and “D 28291 35” – Correct for serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 9 SA” – A Springfield part (page 72).
Bolt: “D28287 – 19SA / A-5”- A Springfield part (page 52).
Barrel: “P”, “S-A-6-52” on the right side. The top is marked “D7312555” (correct drawing number for an M1D barrel; page 66), “A155B”, with a faded “M” and with the Ordnance Department’s “crossed cannons” cartouche. – A Springfield part (page 64).
The stock is 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. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “WC S”.
The rifle comes with an M84 2.2 power scope that has a thin post reticle and an integral sliding sun shade on the front of the tube. The sunshade functions and has been refinished. The scope has two adjustment knobs under metal flip caps that function. The top knob is marked “0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9“ and with hash marks. The side is marked “R 0 L 5 10 15 20 20 15 10 5”. The scope mounts to the rifles base with the attached single oversized screw. The base is attached to the barrel. The scopes right plate is marked “TELESCOPE / M84 / SERIAL NO. 2895”. The right front of the tube is marked “7667424”. The tube shows light scrapes, a freckling of frosting, small areas of light surface erosion and a few small scratches. One of the adjustment knob caps is dented. The rubber eyepiece is scraped and discolored. The scope lenses have several tiny spots on the lenses that do not obscure the view. There is one small black fleck on the lower left portion of the lens that can be seen in the view. Overall the scope and mount are in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The bottom grip of the stock is marked with two “circled P” proofs; one is faded. The left side of the butt is marked with Springfield Armory stamping, “SA” in a “box that is open at the bottom”, and with a “boxed” Rock Island Arsenal rebuild cartouche “RIA / EB” (see page 135 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th edition).
The three piece stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, two sling loops, a stacking loop and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. A leather cheek piece is secured to the wood with leather lacing. The wood shows various scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The right rear of the butt shows a scrape which has removed a small portion of the surface wood. These imperfections have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is a small patch of light frosting in the grooves at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish, as refinished. Imperfections on the metal, such as surface erosion on the trigger group, show through the new finish. The front of the barrel is scraped from the flash hider being mounted and removed. The right side of the receiver and the bolt show thinning consistent with cycling. The scope base shows light scrapes from mounting and removing the scope. There are light scrapes on the buttplate. The metal shows a few other handling marks. The screw heads are intact. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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 an M84 scope & base; see above. An M2 flash hider is attached. It shows light scrapes and handling marks. It is in about Very Good to Fine condition. A leather check piece is secured to the stock by leather lacing. The right side of the check piece is marked “MRT / 6-52”. The leather shows light scrapes and some discoloration. The leather lacing shows creases. The check piece is in about Very Good to Fine condition. The rifle also comes with a green canvas sling that is marked “MRT / MAY 1952”. The sling shows some areas of discoloration as well as oxidation & scrapes on the metal. The sling is in about Very Good to Fine condition. The rifle comes with paperwork that includes information on the rifle & M1D rifles in general. The paperwork is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Springfield Armory M1D Garand; a Garand Sniper. It has been refinished nicely and has a strong M1D barrel. This one comes with the appropriate M84 scope and an M2 flash hider. These are rare highly collectible rifles with lots of history behind them.
Here is some information the M1D from, The M1 Garand: World War II by Scott A. Duff. http://www.scott-duff.com/M1D.htm : “Two telescope-mounted versions of the M1 rifle were developed at Springfield Armory for use by snipers. They were designated the M1C and M1D. The M1D was adopted as substitute standard in September 1944. The M1D utilized a machined base fitted around the chamber end of the barrel and secured with a pin to attach the telescope mount. There is no evidence that M1Ds were produced for distribution during World War II. Further, other than a few rifles used during development, it is believed that all M1Ds were created by rebuilding existing service rifles beginning in the early 1950s and continuing through at least the late 1960s. The M1D design was invented and patented by John C. Garand and was intended to allow conversion from service rifle to sniper rifle at the support maintenance level. Most M1D rifles were equipped with the M84 telescope and 7/8″ diameter mount. However, examples rebuilt in the 1960s have been observed with the Weaver K4 telescope and 1″ diameter Mount. M1D rifles equipped with the K4 scope were issued to National Guard units in the 1960s for riot suppression during anti-Vietnam War and civil rights disturbances. 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 carefully 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.”