WWII US Springfield M1 Garand .30-06 Military Semi Automatic Rifle 1944 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,476

WOA#: WY240318CV010

Make: Springfield Armory

Model: M1 Garand

Serial Number: 3039373

Year of Manufacture: July, 1944, Barrel Date: August, 1965

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed

Markings: The import mark on the left of the barrel reads “EXEL/GARDNER MA.”. .
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 3039373”.
Trigger Group: “D28290-14-SA”
Hammer: “C46008-5 SA”
Safety: “C46015-9SA”
Follower: “8”
Receiver Leg: “0 7 6 D” and “D 28291 34”
Op Rod: “7790722-RA”, the top of the charging handle is marked “NM”
Barrel: “SA 6535448 8 65 MD43”, “P”, “P”, “M” and with a defense Eagle
Bolt:“D6528287 HRA / .U.”
The stock and sights are described below.

Barrel Length: 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 walnut with pistol grip, metal nose caps, stacking loop, two sling loops, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The rear handguard has a small nick on the top-left in front of the retaining clip. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some wear and marks under the finish. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Refinished by Miltech

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is some minor erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 1.5 and a TE of 2.0. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 8 or 9 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The finish is generally strong throughout. There are some minor scuffs and edge-thinning. The action shows light operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Excellent condition as refinished.

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 comes in a wood crate marked “U.S. RIFLE, 1 EA. / CAL. .30 M1 / S.N. 3039373 / MFG. SA” with a leather sling marked “MRT / 12-86”, a green canvas sling, cleaning accessories, a CMP manual and a copy of TM9-1275, War Department Technical Manual for maintenance of M1 rifles.

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”. Millions were produced during WWII and hundreds of thousands afterward, seeing 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.

This Springfield Armory M1 Garand was originally made during WWII. After WWII it served for a U.S. friendly country and was eventually imported back into the U.S. for sales to the civilian market. It has been quite skillfully restored with fairly uniform parkerizing and beautiful walnut stocks installed. The rifle comes with a neat crate for storage and display and has a quite shootable bore. Every American should have a Garand, and this one could be yours.  Please see our photos and good luck!

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

WWII US Springfield M1 Garand .30-06 Military Semi Automatic Rifle 1944 C&R
WWII US Springfield M1 Garand .30-06 Military Semi Automatic Rifle 1944 C&R