SOLD FOR: $1,988.33
Make: Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Arms Company
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 4753813
Year of Manufacture: Receiver 1953. Estimate based on delivery records. (http://oldguns.net/sn_php/mildateslookup.php?file=us_m1grndhr.dat): Barrel Date 4-54
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no visible import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL.30 M1 / H. & R. ARMS CO. / 4753813”
Trigger Group: “6528290-HRA N”- Correct for serial number (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th edition).
Hammer: “HRA C5546008”– Correct for serial number (page 97).
Safety: “HRA” – Correct for serial number (page 104).
Follower: Unmarked – Used for H&R and others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “E” and “6528291” – Correct for serial number (page 30).
Op Rod: “635382 HRA” – Correct for serial number (page 71).
Bolt: “D6528287 HRA / .U.” – Correct for serial number; an HRA bolt made by Underwood (page 52).
Barrel: “HRA D6535448 4-54 RS32”, “P”, “M”, “AA” and with a Defense Eagle acceptance stamp. – An H&R barrel. (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 sight. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “HR A”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The bottom of the grip is marked with “circled P” firing proof (page 132). The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with a Defense Eagle acceptance stamp which is correct for an H&R rifle (page 130). The top rear of the handguard is marked “349” in paint.
The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nosecaps, stacking loop, two sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged metal door for storage in the buttstock. The wood shows various scuffs, scrapes, and compression marks. A few are deep but have been oiled over. 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 to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is no visible erosion. The bore has an M.E. of 0.5. The throat has a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. Areas of the metal show some light discoloration from oxidation. The bolt and the top of the sight wings show light thinning. The trigger guard shows thinning and light scrapes. The buttplate shows a few scrapes. The barrel and gas tube show a few scrapes. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) paperwork that includes shipping paperwork and a CMP certificate. Both the certificate and the shipping paperwork list the rifle’s serial number. The shipping paperwork is marked “M1 GARAND COLLECTOR GRADE 30 CAL” and with two CMP seals. The certificate and paperwork have been folded; they show creasing. They are in about Very Good to Fine condition. The rifle also comes with a green canvas sling marked “MRT 7-59”. The metal tabs show oxidation and scrapes, The sling shows creases and a few spots of light soiling. The sling is in about Very Good to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Harrington & Richardson M1 Garand was made in 1953. It has a strong bore, nice finish and looks great. The rifle has all matching H&R parts and lots of correct markings on it. This M1 Garand was purchased from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in January of 2002 as a “Collector Grade” M1 Garand. Paperwork from the CMP is included.
See the CMP website for more on their grading system that goes from “Rack Grade” all the way up to “Collector Grade” (http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/m1-garand/). Good luck.