Sold For: $1,522.00
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1922 M2 Training Rifle
Serial Number: 10992
Year of Manufacture: 1926
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Bolt Action, Removable Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “SA”, with flaming bomb and “2-26”, the left is marked “LONG RIFLE / CARTRIDGE ONLY”. The receiver’s front ring is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / M1922MI” with an added “I” for Mark II., then the serial number; the serial number ends in “B”, there is a mark underneath the finish that must have been faint to warrant a re-stamp of the “B”, which is through the finish, please see our pictures. The left side of the stock is marked “S.A.” over “_”, in an incomplete rectangle, the wrist is marked “P” in circle. The bolt body is hand etched with the serial number, the bolt handle, and rotating sleeve are marked “M2”, the ejector housing is marked “C 3998”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The rear sight is marked “REG. U.S. PAT. OFF”, the base is marked “261”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is pinned fore to aft into a base which is dovetailed onto the barrel band. The rear sight is a Lyman peep aperture sight which is correct to this rifle; it is adjustable for windage and elevation with adjustment marks from 0 to 125 yards.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a beautiful oil-finished walnut item with a barrel band, which houses the forward sling swivel, the rear swivel is installed into the belly of the stock. The stock is correctly cartouched for production at Springfield Armory. The stock has some infrequent deeper gouges, which look to have been caused a long time ago; there are lighter marks present along with areas of darkening from handling. There are tiny chip losses by the upper tang. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the checkered metal butt plate. The stock rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Military Parkerized
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 91% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thin scrape marks on the barrel band and rear portions of the barrel; there are some areas of emerging patina on the barrel and receiver, along with a few expected handling marks. The bolt body has some deeper erosion in an octopus-shaped patch, which was either caused by imperfections in the metal that were not polished out at the factory or by corrosive primers; the rest of the rifle is free of this. The bolt handle has light oxidation on the knob. The butt plate has sharply defined checkering with some light compression on the outer edges and some rub wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This rifle mimics the Model 1903 in manual of arms, as a training device for the military. 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: Included is an unmarked vintage brown leather M1907 pattern sling with brass claws; the material has rub wear, the bands have some scrape losses of finish, overall, there are no major damages and the sling is in about Very Good to Fine condition. Also included is a correct “M2” marked Parkerized magazine, with a strong spring and un-marred feed lips. The magazine has light wear, in about Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is an important and valuable U.S. rifle. These rifles were designed to mimic the full size Springfield Model 1903’s, yet were chambered in .22 LR. The goal was to give soldiers trigger time on a Springfield 1903, without the expense of .30 Caliber ammo. Many M2s were used for competition shooting after the war. The Springfield M2 has become a desired collectors piece – much like all training and sniper rifles, bring a premium over the standard models. This one is truly beautiful, with cartouched wood, its original metal finish and a mirror bore. Included is a period correct leather sling and M2 marked magazine. You would be hard pressed finding a better Springfield M2, especially one that is pre-war! Please see our pictures and good luck.