H&R National Match M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle, 1954 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,313

WOA#: WY240117SS010

Make: Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Arms Company

Model: M1 Garand

Serial Number: 4676702

Year of Manufacture: 1954.  1963 Dated Barrel.

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed


Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / H. & R. ARMS CO. / 4676702”

Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”

Hammer: “646008-3 SA”

Safety: “SA”

Follower: “11”.

Receiver Leg: “D6528291-W”.

Op Rod: “7790722-RA”

Bolt: “D28287-IW.R.A.”

Barrel: “T SA F7791035 1 63 Y8 PM” with a proof.

The right side of the rear sight is marked “NM/2”.  The right side of the adjustment knob is marked “NM BME” with “LEFT” in two places with two counter clockwise arrows. The right side of the front sight is marked “NM 062”.  Behind the front sling ring is marked “NM”.  The left side of the barrel is marked “NM”.  The charging handle is marked “NM”.  The front of the grip is marked “A” for Anniston Army Depot.

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. National Match Sights.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a semi-pistol grip, metal nosecaps, two sling loops, stacking loop, and a metal buttplate with hinged metal door for storage in the buttstock. There are scratches, scuffs, and compression marks.  The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. There are no chips or cracks.  The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Arsenal Refurbished, Anniston Army Depot rebuild

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp.  There is minor erosion in the grooves.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8.5/10.

Overall Condition:  The rifle retains about 95% of its finish.  There is light operation wear. The edges of the trigger guard show thinning and have some scratches and scrapes. There is some thinning on the leading edges. The action shows light operational wear. 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:  This rifle comes with a cleaning kit in Excellent condition.  Please see photos.

Our Assessment:  This H&R National Match M1 Garand, with its assembly on a 1953 Harrington & Richardson receiver numbered 4673702, exemplifies the pinnacle of precision and craftsmanship in the realm of competitive shooting firearms. This particular rifle, tailored for National Match competition, is a testament to the meticulous selection and assembly process of armory-built precision rifles, utilizing components sourced from various high-quality manufacturers. The critical parts of this rifle, including the WRA (Winchester Repeating Arms) bolt marked NM D28287-1 W.R.A, are stamped with “NM” to signify their selection for enhanced accuracy and performance in national shooting competitions.

The receiver’s rebuild and preparation for competition by the Anniston Army Depot, as indicated by the “A” at the bottom of the pistol grip, underscores the rifle’s pedigree and its preparation for the exacting standards of National Match competition. This attention to detail ensures that the rifle not only meets but exceeds the requirements for accuracy and reliability in competitive shooting.

The external parts marked “NM” further denote the rifle’s specialized components, chosen specifically for their superior quality and contribution to the rifle’s match-grade designation. The well-bedded stock and solid construction of the rifle facilitate exceptional stability and accuracy, essential qualities for a competition firearm. Additionally, the clean and sharp rifling of the barrel, along with its flawless appearance, highlights the care taken in maintaining and selecting this rifle for competitive use.

The wood stock, despite a few dings, remains in commendable condition, adding to the rifle’s aesthetic and historical value. This H&R National Match M1 Garand, with its blend of precision engineering, historical significance, and competitive pedigree, stands as a remarkable example of American firearms craftsmanship, designed to deliver unparalleled performance in the demanding arena of National Match competitions.

Overall, the Harrington & Richardson M1 Garand played a role in extending the service life of the M1 Garand beyond its initial production period, and it continues to be appreciated for its contribution to the legacy of this legendary rifle.  This is a highly collectible rifle that is ideal for a Garand collection. Good Luck! – L.S.

H&R National Match M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle, 1954 C&R
H&R National Match M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle, 1954 C&R