International Harvester IHC M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle, 1953 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,525

WOA#: WY240214BT014

Make: International Harvester Co., IHC

Model: M1 Garand

Serial Number: 4581715

Year of Manufacture: 1953, 1953 (Dated Barrel).

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed


Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER / 4581715”

Trigger Group: “6528290-HRA    N”

Hammer: “HRA 05546008”

Safety: “HRA”

Follower: No visible markings.

Receiver Leg: “D6528291-J”.

Op Rod: “6535382IHC”

Bolt: “D6528287 IHC  /  A”

Barrel: “D  L  D6535448  12  53  A 27  P  M” with a proof.

The front of the gas tube is marked “HRA  O”

The right side of the rear sight adjustment knob is marked “DHC  IHC” with “LEFT” in two places with two counter clockwise arrows.

The stock has a “P” stamp on the front of the grip.

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.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a semi-pistol grip, metal nose cap, 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 spread throughout the stock and the handguard wood. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. There are several small chips scattered throughout the stock. The rear, right hand portion of the handguard has a crack running from the band to the receiver. The stock rates in about Fair overall condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original.

Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright. The rifling is well defined.  There is minor erosion in the grooves. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 6/10.

Overall Condition:  The rifle retains about 90% of its finish. There is light operation wear on the friction surfaces. The floor plate, trigger guard and gas tube have some rust freckling. The metal butt plate has surface rust as well, also the muzzle and gas plug have small amounts of surface rust. The markings are deep and easily visible. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition for C&R.

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: None.

Our Assessment: The International Harvester M1 Garand holds a distinct place in the lineage of this iconic rifle. Born out of the necessity to ramp up production during World War II, International Harvester, primarily known for agricultural machinery, stepped into firearm manufacturing. From 1952 to 1956, the company produced M1 Garand rifles at its Evansville, Indiana, plant, contributing to the war effort and subsequent military needs. Despite its newcomer status in firearm production, International Harvester upheld the high standards set by established manufacturers. The M1 Garand rifles produced by IHC are known for their quality craftsmanship and reliability. Chambered in .30-06 Springfield and utilizing an eight-round en bloc clip, these rifles performed admirably in military service. Today, the International Harvester M1 Garand holds significant collectible value. Its limited production span and distinct history contribute to its appeal among firearms enthusiasts and collectors. Beyond its collectibility, the rifle stands as a testament to the ingenuity and adaptability of American industry during wartime, showcasing how companies like International Harvester played a crucial role in arming the nation’s military forces. In the broader context of military history, the M1 Garand, in general, holds a revered position. As one of the first semi-automatic rifles widely adopted by a major military power, it revolutionized infantry tactics and firepower. The International Harvester variant, with its unique story and contributions, remains a cherished piece of this larger narrative, embodying the spirit of American innovation and resilience. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

International Harvester IHC M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle, 1953 C&R
International Harvester IHC M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle, 1953 C&R