US WWII Springfield Armory M-1 Garand Norway Barrel .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle

SOLD FOR: $925

WOA#: WY240407RW015

Make: Springfield Armory

Model: M-1 Garand

Serial Number: 479993

Year of Manufacture: Receiver: February 1942. Barrel Date: February 1955.

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Semi Automatic, En Bloc Clip Fed

Markings: There is no import mark.

Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY /  479993”
Trigger Group: “S528290-SA”
Hammer: “C46008-1W.R.A.” (Winchester)
Safety: Not marked
Follower: “11”
Receiver Leg: “C 1 7 / D 28291-17”
Op Rod: “D35382 SA”
Barrel: Crowned “K” (Kongsberg, Norwegian marking), “D6535448”, “2-55”, “xxPs”
Bolt: “D28287-12SA / S-A30”, hand-scribed “105”

The stock and sights are described below.

Barrel Length: Approximately 24″

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.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are three piece smooth wood with a pistol grip, metal nose caps, stacking loop, two sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt (nothing in the storage compartment). The top-rear of the handguard is stamped “100”. The grip behind the trigger guard has a circled “P” and there is a “P” on the front of the grip. The stocks have scattered nicks, dings, scrapes and scratches. Some of these have damaged or removed portions of the surface wood. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has worn to white with scattered nicks, scratches, and infrequent minor surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in Good-plus condition as refinished.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright. The rifling is sharp. There is infrequent light erosion and some stubborn fouling in the bore. The bore shows an M.E. of approximately 1.5. The throat shows a T.E. of 2. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 7 or 8 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its current metal finish. The gas cylinder is mostly worn to white. Other surfaces have generally strong finish. The receiver and trigger assembly have scattered erosion under the finish. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes, and some light thinning on the edges. The action shows operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Very Good condition as refinished.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

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 WW2 with limited issued semi-automatic rifles or developed such rifles during the war, America was the only nation to enter the conflict with its Army issuing autoloading rifles on a large scale. General Patton famously referred to the rifle as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”. Millions were produced during WWII and hundreds of thousands afterward, seeing use through Korea and into Vietnam. Interestingly, while many other weapons and military items would see production contracts let 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.

This Springfield Armory M-1 Garand was made back in 1942. It has since seen some parts replaced and a new finish applied, but it retains a more than decent bore and strong mechanics. Intriguingly, the barrel has a crowned “K” marking associated with service in Norway. More than 70,000 M-1 rifles were supplied to Norway for Security Assistance in 1963, so it’s likely that at least the barrel was one of those sent to our NATO ally during the Cold War. This is a neat rifle that will add to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

US WWII Springfield Armory M-1 Garand Norway Barrel .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle
US WWII Springfield Armory M-1 Garand Norway Barrel .30-06 Semi-Auto Rifle