Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M2. The M2 is the final designation of the Model 1922 .22 caliber trainers. This one is equipped with the 1st variation nonadjustable bolt head which is correct for its year of manufacture (pages 54-55 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition).
Serial Number: 757
Year of Manufacture: July 1932 Barrel Date
Caliber: .22 LR (Long Rifle)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / CAL. .22 M2 / 757”. The top of the barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 7 – 32”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “LONG RIFLE / CART’GE ONLY”. The safety lever is marked “SAFE READY”. The top of the bolt handle is marked “N S” for nickel steel as well as “M2”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “B”. The bolt body is etched with the serial number “757”. The bolt body is marked “M2” and “D 28223-2” ahead of the lug. The extractor is marked “C 3998”. The magazine cutoff is marked “2” on the bottom. The barrel band is marked “U”. The front sight blade is marked “REDFIELD” on the left. The right side of the rear sight is marked with the Lyman logo and “REG. U.S. PAT. OFF”. The top of the rear sight is marked “LYMAN / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF”. The base of the grip is stamped “G”. The left side of the magazine is marked “M2”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an aftermarket replacement blade. The rear sight is fully adjustable Lyman aperture marked “0 25 50 75 100 125”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, barrel band with sling loop and a metal butt plate. The top of the butt plate is scraped. The left side of the stock shows scratches next to the magazine, at the rear of the finger groove and above the trigger. The right side shows a scrape above the finger groove and a long light scrape on the buttstock. There are a few other handling marks on the wood. The LOP measures 12 7/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi-bright at the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95+% of its metal finish. The adjustment knob on the left side of the rear sight shows surface erosion. The receiver finish below the adjustment knob shows a small amount of light frosting. The barrel shows scrapes and scuffs. The receiver & bottom metal show scuffs. 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 the correct “M2” marked, 5 round magazine. It shows a few light scrapes and is in Fine condition. The rifle also comes with a brown leather sling that shows discoloration & scrapes on the leather as well as oxidation & scrapes on the metal claws. It is in Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: The final designation Model 1922 .22 caliber trainers is the M2. It was issued with two different bolt variations. This rifle has the original 1st variation bolt and an M2 marked magazine which are both correct for the rifle. This is an important and valuable U.S. rifle made by Springfield Armory. 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 civilian competition shooting. The Springfield M2 has become a desired collector’s piece. This rare rifle will add nicely to your Military collection. Good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.