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DCM Springfield Armory M1 Garand

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by dillardrg, Dec 4, 2011.

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  1. dillardrg

    dillardrg Member

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    I admit it, I'm lazy. I could do the research myself, but that may take lots of hours and it would also deprive the experts here of showing off their knowledge.

    I have a DCM (now CMP) Springfield Armory M1 Garand that I shot for and purchased in 1990. It was shipped to me in September 1990.

    It is a "Service Grade W/OE (Safe to Fire)"

    I cleaned off the cosmoline, fired it a few times and it has been in storage since.

    The markings are;

    US Rifle Cal 30 M1
    Springfield Armory
    5444209

    Bolt; 5628287-SA and below that Y01

    Trigger Assy; D28290-14-SA

    Hammer; D46008-7-SA

    Stock; P in a square. No more markings on the stock.

    Reciever right side; F6528291 and above that is what looks like a slanted L and a 1 and a 0

    Reciever left side; R

    Operating Rod; 6535382 SA

    Barrel; SA-F6535448 9 55 A221A a P and a mark about 1/4" in diameter that
    looks like a peen mark.

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    Here is a link to more pictures; http://photobucket.com/M1_Garand


    My photographic skills are not the greatest, but I hope there is enough detail to give me an idea of dollar value.

    I have retired and am beginning to sell some of my stuff and am trying to get an idea of what the stuff is worth.

    Thanks
     
  2. Flashburn

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    You have a nice example of what looks to me to be a Service Grade SA M1 Garand. They were last priced at $595 when the CMP took the prices off the website. Some might pay a little more since it is a 5.4 with the correct barrel and bolt (I think) and not a really common serial number range that comes up for sale.

    The price really just depends on where you live, if you are willing to ship, how much you think you could get out of it and the profit margin you are shooting for. Not to mention how quickly you are looking to move it.

    Good luck with the sale, she is a beautiful rifle.

    David
     
  3. dillardrg

    dillardrg Member

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    Thanks David,

    What does 5.4 mean?

    I looked at the CMP site and my M1 appears to be in a lot better condition than their description of Service Grade. The metal looks in new condition with even finish and no pitting. The wood is all the same color(appears to be Walnut) with no mars or cracks.

    I appreciate your taking the time to respond.
     
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  4. Flashburn

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    No problem at all. I truly love Garands.

    A 5.4 only means that it is a 5,4xx,xxx. It's just an easier way to type it. As far as the condition of the rifle goes, I would agree with you about the metal, heck, some might even call it the collector grade since the metal it is all matching. It wouldn't be a hard rifle to make totally correct either.

    The stock has me puzzled tho. You said it appears to be Oak. Not sure about that. Most stocks are either Walnut or Birch. There is some talk that Cherrywood and Beech were also used at times. Are there any cartouches anywhere on it? If you take it apart, are there any numbers in the barrel channel of underneath where the barrel lies?

    David

    EDIT: I forgot to ask if you know what the throat erosion and muzzle wear are?
     
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  5. P5 Guy

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    An Oak stock would weigh a ton. My bet is Walnut.
     
  6. dillardrg

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    Sorry, it's been a long day, I meant to type Walnut, not Oak.

    I have not guaged the throat or muzzle but the CMP website says about the Service Grade; "muzzle will gauge "3 or less" and the throat erosion will gauge less than 5".

    As I still have 34 of the original 50 rounds I bought to fire in it, I assume it has the same measurements as when it left the arsenal.

    I could not find any other markings on the stock except the P in a box.

    I was also wondering if the the grading system has changed any over the years. When reading the grading criteria for Service Grade vs. Correct Grade, my rifle seems to fit more into the latter;

    CORRECT GRADE: (Very Good to Excellent)
    Correct Grade Rifles are similar to the Service Grade, but will show less wear and use. Correct Grade rifles will have all correct parts for the date of manufacture with 80% or better overall original metal finish. The stock and handguards will be of walnut and correct for the rifle but will have some dings, dents, scratches and marring of the wood finish. Stocks will have the appropriate original inspector's cartouche. The rifle bore will be very good with no significant defects and with a throat erosion of less than 4 and a muzzle wear of 2 or less. Very good to excellent condition.
     
  7. Tim the student

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    I can't find my book but when I do, I'll check out your numbers.

    "Correct parts for the date of the manufacture" is the dealbreaker, not condition so much. If anything is off, it isn't a correct grade, no matter the condition. Most of these have been rebuilt at least once, so it can get to be a bit of a scavenger hunt tracking everything down.
     
  8. Flashburn

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    Tim would probably know better than me about this but the stock is probably an Overton replacement stock. I personally think your rifle is worth in the neighborhood of $700-$850, which I am sure is quite a bit more than you paid for it back before the first Gulf War.

    Good luck with the sale when you decide to go thru with it.

    David

    O yea, GO CARDS!!!!
     
  9. dillardrg

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    Thanks David,

    I was just telling my wife that I should have bought more guns when I was younger.
     
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    A 5.4 million Garand is a post Korean war vintage. There is a reasonable chance the parts are correct for the production period of the rifle. But, lots of Garands have gone through rebuilds of the years.

    Gun show prices in my parts for M1s in poorer condition than yours are $700-800 dollars. i don't know if they are selling for that.

    Scott Duff sells some good books on Garands including a small hand book with serial numbers and drawing numbers for correct parts on various serial numbered Garands.
     
  11. dillardrg

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    Thanks Chuck,

    I see you are from E TN. I lived in Maryville for 10 years. Shot at the Volunteer Gun Club. Left there in 1989 when my job went away.
     
  12. Orlando

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    Your rifle does not fit in the Correct Grade category, yours has been rebuilt, Correct Grades have not
    By CMP standards its a $600.00 Service Grade, you could probably get $700.00-$750.00
    The SG rifles are real nice, nothing like the description
     
  13. dillardrg

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    Thanks evryone.

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