Sold For: $1,250.00
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand
Serial Number: 52297
Year of Manufacture: August, 1940 (page 185 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition). Barrel Date: April, 1955
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Block Clip Fed
Markings: There is no visible import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD ARMORY / 52297”
Trigger Group: “D28290-18 SA” – A Springfield part (page 89 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-3 SA”- A Springfield part (page 97).
Follower: Unmarked – Used by Springfield & others (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “R E P 3”, “R” and “D 28291-2” – Correct for serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 9 SA” – A Springfield part (page 72).
Barrel: “SAF6535448”, “2 55”, “A218B”, “P” and “M”– A Springfield part (page 64).
Bolt: “D28287-12SA / S-A1 diamond”- A Springfield part (page 52).
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 on the edge. It is also marked “UP arrow DOWN arrow” and “BATTLE diamond RANGE”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The three piece stock is an oil finished hardwood that 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 refinished buttplate shows scrapes & thinning. The belly of the stock shows deep compression marks. The wood shows several other scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Many are deep and have removed portions of surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is no visible erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90+% of its metal finish, as refinished. Imperfections on the metal such as pin prick surface erosion on the receiver show through the new finish. The receiver legs show some thinning. The edge of the receiver shows light thinning at the wood line. The front of the barrel, front sight, gas tube and rear sight show scrapes, light thinning & a few small scratches. The bottom metal shows small scrapes and thinning on the edges of the trigger guard. The right side of the receiver & bolt show some thinning consistent with cycling. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 in a green hard plastic case that is marked on both sides with “stars & stripes”, “CMP / www.theCMP.org”, the CMP seal “stars / eagle holding arrows” and with other information. The interior of the case has foam pieces that are mostly intact. The case has 4 latches and 3 reinforced locking holes. The case shows a few scrapes and is marked “52K*” next to the handle in black marker. It is in about Excellent condition. The case contains the owner’s manual, a clip, a yellow safe chamber insert (marked CMP), CMP certificate and a rifle tag from the CMP. The manual, chamber inset, certificate and tag are all in about Excellent condition. The CMP certificate is dated December, 2013 and was issued to a previous owner. The clip shows scrapes & oxidation. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: “In my opinion, the M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised”, General George S. Patton, Jr.
This M1 Garand was built in 1940 by Springfield Armory. It has a LOW serial number and uses Springfield Armory parts. The 1955 dated Springfield barrel is still strong & bright. The receiver & parts have been nicely refinished and still have nice markings. These are very collectible rifles that are highly regarded. This one was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) so it is not import marked. It even comes in a Nice green CMP marked case. Good luck.