Well after much delay, I finally got around to getting an Springfield M1 Garand. The serial number is 704XXX, and as such it appears to have been manufactured in 1942. I seem to recall reading somewhere that it was re-barreled in about 1956 (I think). All of the parts are Springfield except the barrel. I believe the barrel is a Baretta? I think. Sorry all, I am very new to the Garand and thus am still learning. The only markings on the stock are as follows: on the pistol grip the letter “P” inside of a circle. One the left side of the stock (to the left of the receiver) is a square, and inside of the square are two rows of letters: the top row of letters are “SA”. The bottom row of letters is “EMF”.
The previous owner is a retired military man, and an avid collector. He is in the process of getting rid of some of his personal collection. This rifle was part of that personal collection. I asked him which was the best Garand that he had brought to the gun show. He showed me all three Garands that he had brought today, and said, “Here’s the one you want. This is one heck of a price!”
The barrel’s bore is as-shiny as a new dime! It was asserted that the rifle had not been used since being re-barreled. It was merely a collection piece. When I asked about the barrel's wear, the gentleman responded, "What wear?! It's still a brand new barrel. Wait here." He went to get the gauges. I don't recall the indicator for the chambering, but the muzzle gauge wouldn't even sink down to the "0".
So, here are some pictures. Please feel free to share any information, any advice, etc that you all have regarding this rifle, the Garands in general, good websites that I should read, etc. Thank-you all in advance.
Mind sharing how you paid for the Garand? Nice piece!!!!
March 8, 2008, 10:40 PM
The huge disadvantage to these guns is that they're obsolete relics of a bygone era
Huge disadvantage? To who? For what? Funny, I don't feel hugely disadvantaged for owning one.
March 8, 2008, 10:55 PM
Exactly $1,000.00 out the door.
March 8, 2008, 11:12 PM
Be at ease, that remark was merely a toungue-in-cheek allusion to an earlier thread here.
For serious situations like defending the homestead, the M1 represents a formidable rifle in the hands of an experienced firer.
March 8, 2008, 11:37 PM
It is a devastating weapon. Shoot it. In fact, shoot the hell out of it.
In 100 years it will likely still be a functional weapon if provided with some minimal care and parts replacement. As I'm fond of saying, a cherry m-1 is like a cherry 62 corvette---one that you can take out on a dirt track and race hard every weekend and never worry about damaging it or diminishing its worth.
Well done and congrats.
March 8, 2008, 11:59 PM
Yes, very well done indeed!
March 9, 2008, 12:09 AM
yoke, I'm glad you spoke up insulting an M1 is like kicking a mans dog.
Anyway, as Bugs Bunny would say, NICE M1 Doc!
I was fortuante enough to luck upon one I could live with as well!
I agree. I think I should shoot it. After all, it did see combat, so much so the barrel had to be replaced. It's not like it's a never-fired-before, all-original, still-in-the-waxpaper Garand. Sure, she's a beaut, but she isn't untested.
Thanks for getting my head on straight there guys. To the range! To the range! This calls for a trip to the family farm. I need to stretch it's legs at distance. :)
March 9, 2008, 01:29 PM
DROOOOOLLL! (That is all!)
March 9, 2008, 02:09 PM
Lock-bar sights, nice. If you open the bolt, on the right side of the barrel (where the operating rod handle covers) it should say the date of the barrel and the barrel manufacture. It is interesting and fun to learn what parts came from where.....just hope you dont catch the collecting bug. When I got my first Garand I didnt care that the parts were mixed.......then a "friend" gave me a copy of Joe Poyers' M1 Garand book which has a breakdown of all the parts codes and such.....then it seemed "fun" to see if I could make it all correct, which lead to seeing about my M1 carbine...which led to seeing about my 03A3.....which led.....
March 9, 2008, 02:36 PM
here is my "new" (former CMP rifle) 1955 5.8xx-xxx springfield... like yours, the barrel on mine is almost unused... its a SA 1955 barrel as well and i was told it is original. metal seems 99% to me. no rebuild marks. couldnt be happier.
only thing is.. the bolt and trigger assembly are both HRA...
anybody know if this could have been where hra and springfield were swapping parts on late garands??? is that possible?
how do you find out if factory OR after-factory part swapping has taken place on your garand????
March 9, 2008, 05:13 PM
I took "Emma" to the range and shot three targets. I fired 8 rounds into each target. Each target was fired at 50 yards, off of a bench rest but without any sandbags, and without a sling. I was able to prop the front of the rifle on a block of wood. :) I allowed about 1 minute cooling time between each string.
My point? I suspect that this rifle is much more accurate than I am. I did want to test-fire it at 100 yards. But, I am flat-out addicted to using a sling to support my shots. To fire this rifle at 100 yards without a sling, and without sandbags would have been a waste of good ammunition. Later this week I'll try it with proper supports, and perhaps with some hand-loaded ammunition. Also, I think I'll take some home printed targets. These were extremely difficult for me to see.
All in all, I'm not merely happy with the groups, I am floored! I never expected this degree of accuracy. Edit to add: When I arrived to and went to clean the barrel, I noted that the bore is so smooth, there is zero copper residue. Hey, what an awesome sound when the clip pings out of the rifle!