I have the option to acquire an Springfield Garand. Its overall very good condition, haven't fired it but have disassembled it and all the parts are there and it functions as should ( I have two and shoot them regularly). The serial number is a 1820xxx. The gun has been rebarreled in .308. On the right side of the barrel it is stamped SGW-6535448-10-84-1-1x12-SS. Op rod cut # 7790722SA. The barrel where stamped is covered by a shroud. Receiver on right side is stamped D28291. Trigger assy is D28290-5-SA. The receiver has steel a block added at the heel . The receiver not a reweld - just an addition I guess for stability. Also there is a screw (allen) added behind the trigger that keeps the trigger assembly in tight. Also has an M14 forearm and a bullet block that fits in from under the chamber. Comments?
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May 6, 2012, 11:20 AM
Looks like a mid-1943 receiver, rebarreled in 1984, but the rest of the numbers are(I believe) are just drawing numbers. I'd want to know why the receiver and trigger assembly were modified, regardless of who/how well the mods. were done. Photos would tell more.
FYI - For a price check, the CMP is now selling M-1 Springfield specials in .308 with new barrels and wood for under a grand.
ps: just saw the photos added. I don't like the looks of the way that welded block on the receiver was added. Might have changed the heat treatment of the heel and made it too brittle; just saying.
May 6, 2012, 11:33 AM
don't like the looks of the way that welded block on the receiver was added.
Me either - really a let down when I saw it. No history available, traded in for a car with seven or eight more and then sold.
May 6, 2012, 12:52 PM
Yep if a 308 Garand was desired, I would pass on this and spring for a CMP Special.
I suppose that aweful workmanship could be removed and redone. Leaving it like that would drive me nuts, even if it did work. But again, a lot easier to just buy a good one from CMP.
May 6, 2012, 01:55 PM
I would have to guess that block on the back is a repair for a cracked receiver. I have seen a few Garands crack right where that block is if they have a weak opp rod spring or have been shooting hot ammo causing the bolt to strike the heel much harder than ever intended.
May 6, 2012, 02:03 PM
I would pass on that Garand. The bolt rebounds off the receiver heel and eventually cracks will occur on the sidewalls. Whoever rear lugged the thing did something on the sidewalls based on the color change. I would have zero confidence in the durability of that receiver.
In terms of cracks, here are pictures of a receiver that was for sale on Gunbroker. It cracked as you can see.
This is another reason not to fire hot loads in these things, these receivers have been around for decades, some through several barrels, hot loads will pound the heck out of that receiver heel.