SOLD FOR: $1,900.00
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: Type I National Match M1 Garand
Serial Number: 6096868
Year of Manufacture: Barrel Date: May, 1956. Listed as a Post WWII M1 Garand on page 187 of Joe Poyer’s book, M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th edition.
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 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 6096868”
Trigger Group: “6528290-SA” – A Springfield part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th edition).
Hammer: “SA 5546008”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “SA-11” – A Springfield part (page 104).
Follower: “12” – A Springfield part (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “Z15A” and “F 652891” –Correct for serial number (page 29).
Op Rod: “D35382 6 SA” – A Springfield part (page 71).
Barrel: “SA 6535448”, “5 56”, “A227B”, “P” (3 times), “T” and with a Defense “Eagle” Acceptance Stamp – A Springfield part (pages 61-63).
Barrel Front: “NM star” – A National Match Springfield part.
Bolt: “D28287-19SA / A-5” – A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock is described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front and rear sights are National Match sights. The right front sight wing is marked “NM / 062”. The face of the front sight riser is marked “NM”. The left side of the windage knob is marked “NM 13455”. The top of the aperture is marked “520”.
The front sight is a blade set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a fully adjustable aperture sight set between two protective wings. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two and “WC E” on the edge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The interior of the stock is marked with the last 4 digits of the serial number “6868”. The face of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The left side of the stock is marked with a Defense Eagle Acceptance Stamp above the trigger.
The gloss finished hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, a stacking loop, two sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The wood shows various scrapes & compression marks. Most have been finished over. The gloss finish shows a few scrapes & scuffs that have dulled or damaged the finish. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized. Coated in Lacquer
Finish Originality: Original Parkerization
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There no visible erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 1. The throat shows a T.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel has oxidation & some pin prick surface erosion showing through the lacquer finish. Much of the lacquer finish on the receiver has been lost. The barrel & receiver shows various light scrapes & a few small scratches. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a Type I Springfield Armory National Match M1 Garand Rifle. It was made back in 1956 and originally came with only a National Match marked barrel. The rifle has subsequently been upgraded with National Match sights and has been coated in lacquer. Type 1 National Match M1 Rifles were made between 1953 and 1956. This one still has a strong bright bore that should shoot nice groups. It will add to you collection and should be a ton of fun to shoot.
Here is some National Match M1 information from Scott Duff’s website: “Perhaps the most refined version of the M1 is that known as the National Match (NM) rifle. In March 1953, Springfield Armory was directed by the Ordnance Department to furnish 800 M1 rifles for use at the High Power National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. These rifles were to be capable of a higher degree of accuracy than standard service grade rifles. These first NM Garands consisted of only a NM marked barrel. The remainder of the rifle consisted of hand-selected components. The rifles were carefully assembled and the trigger pull adjusted by Springfield Armory’s most skilled armorers. National Match conditioned M1 rifles were produced at Springfield Armory through 1963. Most rifles were sold to qualified civilians through the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) program (now named the CMP). The first National Match rifles were sold to civilians in late 1955, the last in 1973. Two versions of the National Match M1 rifle exist, collectors referred to them as Type 1 and Type 2. The Type 2 is differentiated from the Type 1 by the addition of glass-bedding of the receiver and trigger housing (adopted in 1960)… All National Match M1 rifles feature receivers of Springfield Armory manufacture. The unmodified Type 1 and Type 1 rebuilt to Type 2 are in the 5 and 6 million serial number ranges. The standard rifle rebuilt to Type 2 configuration may be in any SA serial number range. National Match M1 barrels were selected by meeting or exceeding specified air-gage requirements. National Match M1 barrels are usually of Springfield Armory manufacture. However, original rifles have been observed with LMR, HRA, and Marlin National Match marked barrels”.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.