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M1 Garand .308

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ping, May 21, 2010.

  1. ping

    ping Well-Known Member

    I have an older gentleman at our church that called me and says he has an M1 Garand chambered in .308. He said it was his fathers and he used to shoot in matches. He says it has NM on it in a couple of places. it is super clean from what he says. I have never heard of a Garand in .308 at least one that was not converted. I read something about the navy or some other branches using them. does anyone have any info on this. thanks. This gentlemen is in his 80's so he has had it for a long time. thanks
  2. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    I don't know too much about them, but IIRC Beretta converted them to take M-14 magazines and re-chambered them to .308Win. I am not aware of any that were originally made in 7.62x51/.308 because I believe production ceased prior to the development of the cartridge. No idea as to value, but I don't believe they are particularly sought after. I am sure that someone will chime in before long and have more useful information for you.

  3. jeepguy

    jeepguy Well-Known Member

    i have heard of them its just a barrel swap. their was also a insert they tried to put in the chamber, it didnt work verry well. but if this one is a nm rifle it would be the rebarreled one. i would check it out & if it looks good i wouldn't have any problem buying a rifle like this, if its for sale. its probably a nice looking & good shooting rifle.
  4. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 Well-Known Member

    Could be a Navy model?
  5. saturno_v

    saturno_v Well-Known Member

    Entire generations of Italians soldiers served with Garands in 7,62x51 NATO (me included).
    I don't know if they were all rechambering of older rifle or some new Beretta production as well.
  6. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    Could be an Air Force Match rifle.

    If this is an original, all matching, US Military rifle team match rifle, it is worth a lot of money.
  7. ping

    ping Well-Known Member

    M1 Garand 308

    I am going to check it out tomorrow. Was just trying to get some info. He is very old and wants to almost give it to me. He does not want his son to sell it to a pawn shop. He is an old marine and i totally understand. Did a little research just a few min ago. looks like there was the mod0 and mod1 stamped on the right. additionally is appears if new barrel it will be 1965 or 1966. it will be interesting. He also has an 1903 A3. It is amazing the old guys that still have these. you just hope they get into good hands. If anyone has more info let me know.

  8. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Let us know what it turns out to be...with pictures (including the '03).

  9. FlyinBryan

    FlyinBryan Well-Known Member

    well then i would definitly go get it.

    let us know how it shoots, but my guess is it is a fantastic rifle. my garands are my favorite rifles.

    308 garands are actually quite common, and when barreled for the 308, can be absolute tack drivers.

    i have books from scott duff (the worlds leading authority on the m1 garand) and walt kulek (another m1 expert with several good books on the rifle.)

    you should consider picking up "the complete m1 assembly guide" by the latter author, as well as the "complete m1 owners guide" by scott duff too.

    i have copies of both, autographed by their respective authors. they are very informative, and really quite entertaining reading. walt has a great sense of humor.
  10. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    Springfield had a shortrun m1 garand line that had a .308 model not to far back. Sadly they discontinued it. But most m1's in .308 are navy converted models, smith specials, or what have you. Great rifle to have. Cheaper to shoot than 30-06.
  11. kenno

    kenno Well-Known Member

    Well, in any case I would expect it to go for $1000 for the NM M-1 and $450 for the GI 1903A1 without NM sights and 308 conversion?
    I bought my 1st NM Garand for several hundred in the 1960's.
    I've had other NM rifles M-14. 1903a3s, good rifles. I think they never should have allowed the M-16 into the NMs
  12. Risky buisness

    Risky buisness Well-Known Member

    With some probibility the rifle you are refering to is a Navy national match rifle, they got on board with the 7.62 51 round pretty early on. As mentioned above Scott Duffs books can acurratly pin point the date and the type of rifle, most of the NM rifles were drawn fron existing inventory to be converted to fire the 7.62 and purpose built just for that. So not finding the serial # of that rifle in the NM nomenclature is not nessasarally a bad indicator, if it's been in a familly for some time then it may be an actuall Navy NM rifle, not some rehash to build $$$ on resale, I got mine from an old Korean vet, who traded me the rifle because it wouldn't chamber 30.06, go figgure
  13. navajo

    navajo Well-Known Member


    If it is a Springfield Armory (gov. not SA International) call the museum with the SN. They can tell you all about it.
    Friend of mine picked one up at a flea market. I called the museum, turns out it was mfg. in 1955 as a NM for the Navy and rebarreld to .308 by the Armory for the Navy in 1965.

    If yours is a NM most of the parts will have a drawing number some where on the part. Should show some signs of bedding also.
  14. Rshooter

    Rshooter Well-Known Member

    Keep that gun out of a pawn shop. Great rifles both. :D
  15. ping

    ping Well-Known Member

    I got some more info on that rifle. I took some pictures. Here is the info. The sn is 5356531. The rear site is a hooded type and has NM on it. Dont see any numbers or anthing. The Op rod that you pull back has "NM" on it. The bolt has "SA" and some other numbers. The stick has the eagle and a "P" with a circle around it. The stock has been poly'd or something as it looks picture perfect. Dont know what that does to value. The blueing and all is like perfect. The barrel on the rigt side as you pull the op rod back has not markings. The elderly gentleman is 79 ex marine and got it from his dad when he died. His dad got it in 1965 not sure how and all but it has not been shot since that time period. i shot it at 100 yards yesterday and it was dead on with 5 shots. much better than my garand with 30-06. I am going back tonight and just buy it. I dont know what it is worth but the poor guy needs the money. The rifle appears to be like brand new. I am going to pay him $900 for it. If it is not worth the money than oh well. He would not sell if he did not believe it was really special etc. Just alot of money but ......
    I dont know if it is Navy or not. Dont see an insert or anything.

    Attached Files:

  16. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    I don't believe it is a Beretta conversion, because it doesn't have the M-14 DBM conversion (think all of em' had this performed, but not positive). I don't know what you got, but at the very worst you overpaid a fellow that (by your account) needs the money by a couple hundred...worse things have happened, consider it your good dead for the day. :) That said, I don't believe that is the case. Enjoy your new rifle and take good care of it (I am certain that it meant a great deal to the old gentleman that you speak of, and it is apparent he wanted you to have it for this reason).

  17. ping

    ping Well-Known Member

    Yeh, Thanks for the info Maverick223. That is what he needed so I just did it. He lives about 2 1/2 south of me and when i got there i could tell why he did not want his son to have it. Not taking care of his father. I know this is not forum stuff but it is sad. anyway thanks for info. Ohhh the 1903 A3 had been sporterized so did not really pay much attention to it. Wish i could find out more on this. Seems to have NM on parts but the barrell - nothing. it is brand new looking. it has not been touched since 1965. shesssh.
  18. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Glad I could be of some tiny bit of assistance. Good deal or not, you can sleep well tonight knowing that you did the right thing (which is far more important than finding a bargain). I am sure someone more knowledgeable than I will come along shortly and be able to tell you more about it.

  19. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    Your pictures are out of focus on my screen, so I can tell it is a Garand.

    Search the web and find images of NM Garands, this one may have started out as one.

    Since the barrel is unmarked, it does not fit into the 308 NM rifles I have examined.

    It is likely that this rifle started out as a 30-06 NM. You could buy these at the National Matches as a competitor. When the NM M14's started outclassing M1's, it was common for competitors to rebarrel to 308.

    To get a real NM M14 you had to belong to a State Association team. And there were not an unlimited number of NM M14's issued to State Associations. It was not until Springfield Armory of Genesco Ill came out with their M1a's, in the mid 70's, that civilians could get one. Initially the demand was so high there was a two year backlog . Maybe that is what happened to this rifle. Perhaps the original owner shot out the 30-06 barrel, or just wanted a 308 Barrel.

    If you had the original NM 30-06 barrel, then you would have something that could be restored and would be worth a couple of grand.
  20. you can purchase a chamber insert for any M1Garand that'll allow it to shoot .308 for $5.

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