Post WW2 Springfield CMP M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto U.S. Rifle 1956-57 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,326

WOA#: WY240321NC032

Make: Springfield Armory

Model: M1 Garand

Serial Number: 5838131

Year of Manufacture: 1956-57. Barrel Date: 1955, Sold by the CMP in 2008.

Caliber: 30-06

Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed

Markings: The left side of the stock has a defined  Eagle and Stars Ordinance Mark. The front side of the grip has a faint “P” acceptance mark.

Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 5835131”

Trigger Group: “6528290-SA”

Hammer: “SA D55446008”

Safety: No marking

Follower: No markings.

Receiver Leg: “ T 2 A  F 6528291”

Op Rod: “6535382  SA”

Barrel: “SA F6535448  3  55  A220A  P” and several more proofs.

Bolt: “6528287-HRA U”

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 set between two protective wings. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice and “DRC. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The hardwood stock has a traditional grip, metal nose caps, a stacking loop, two sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The buttplate has lost its finish and the checkering is semi dulled. The wood shows almost no depressions, scrapes, or scratches. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The handguard wood also has almost no scratches and only one small visible chip that has been filled in with oil. The wood on this rifle rates in about Very Good to Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: CMP Refinished.

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is very well defined. There is no visible erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its finish. There is finish wear on the gas tube and front sight, the crown of the muzzle, the edges of the trigger guard and wear on the friction surfaces of the bolt. The markings are clear and the screw heads are sharp. Overall this rifle is in Excellent 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: This rifle includes a CMP hard case, CMP certificate of authenticity, yellow chamber flag, leather sling, one En bloc clip and owner’s manual.

Our Assessment: The U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 is known affectionately as “the Garand” after its inventor, John Garand. The rifle would become the first standard-issue semi-automatic infantry rifle in the world. While some countries entered the war with limited issued semi-automatic rifles or developed such rifles during the war, America was the only nation to enter with its Army issuing autoloading rifles on a large scale. General Patton famously referred to the rifle as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”. The rifle was chambered in .30-06 Springfield, a powerful and effective cartridge that provided good range and stopping power. It featured an eight-round en-bloc clip, which was inserted into the rifle’s internal magazine. When the last round was fired, the clip would automatically eject with a distinctive “ping,” signaling to the shooter that it was time to reload. Millions were produced during WWII and hundreds of thousands afterward. This post WW2 example’s era would see use through the Korean War and into the Vietnam War. Interestingly, while many other weapons and military items would see production contracts sent out to otherwise non-related companies, during WWII production remained with Springfield Armory and Winchester. It was only after the war that production would be contracted out to another gunmaker, Harrington & Richardson, as well as the agricultural equipment maker, International Harvester. Today, the M1 Garand remains a popular choice among collectors, shooters, and enthusiasts, prized for its historical significance, engineering excellence, and timeless design. Its legacy continues to endure as a symbol of American military prowess and technological advancement. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

Post WW2 Springfield CMP M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto U.S. Rifle 1956-57 C&R
Post WW2 Springfield CMP M1 Garand .30-06 Semi-Auto U.S. Rifle 1956-57 C&R