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In the descriptions of rifles, "TE" indicates the Throat Erosion Gage reading and "MW" indicates the Muzzle Wear Gage reading of the barrel. Both gages are available on the Shooter Accessories & Tools page of this website.
Muzzle Gaging with Cartridge NOT Muzzle Wear Gage

 

A Comment on Throat Erosion from Scott Duff

It has come to my attention from discussions with many M1 Garand owners that a misunderstanding of an acceptable versus an unacceptable Throat Erosion (TE) reading exists.  A note of clarification is in order. When discussing serviceability specifications of U.S. Martial Arms, it is best to review the primary source, the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps documents from when the M1 rifle was the issue rifle to front-line troops. I have in my files TB ORD 587 dated 20 December 1954 entitled Field Inspection and Serviceability Standards for Small Arms Material. A chart on page four outlines the serviceability specifications for the M1, M1C, and M1D rifles “To Accompany Troops Overseas.” The specification given for “Breech Bore Rejection” is “Over 0.306” or a TE reading of 6 on a gage. No specification is given for muzzle wear. If combat troops in the 1950s were issued rifles with a TE of 6 or under, then the same is good enough for a rifle in my collection. I would not go to the John C. Garand Match at Camp Perry with a rifle with a TE of 6, but for general collecting, in my opinion, it matters little.

This is also a good time to note that based upon my observations the TE of a new production SA barrel during World War II ran anywhere from approximately 1.0 to 3.5. Pre World War II SA barrels were usually in the 0.0 to 1.0 range. Winchester barrels were generally in the -1.0 to 2.0 range, but I have seen new WRA barrels with higher and lower readings. An expanded version of this including information on post WII barrels will be published in a future issue of the Garand Collectors Association Journal (GCA). If you are not a member of the GCA and would like to join (as an M1 owner you really should be a member just as a gun owner you should be an NRA member) you may download a membership application from the GCA website at www.TheGCA.org.

 

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!!SOLD!! 2414-R1627. M1 Garand, Springfield Armory, s/n 408009 (Dec. 1941) Lend Lease with British Proof stamps. This is a very good condition pre Pearl Harbor Lend Lease rifle with British Proof marks as described in my article featured in the April 2002 issue of American Rifleman magazine. It is one of the 38,001 M1 rifles sent to England under Lend Lease in 1941-42. The Parkerized finish is a beautiful dark green color with little wear. The S-A-11-41 barrel has a bright and shiny bore, TE = 2.25, MW = 1.0, no chrome at the gas port, and British Proofs at the chamber end of the barrel underneath the op rod handle. Featured parts include: -2 bolt RE4D heat lot, round firing pin, unmodified 3 op rod, -5 trigger housing, forged trigger guard (C-46025-3-SA), -2 hammer, -6 safety, hammer spring housing and plunger without finish, narrow base gas cylinder with nearly complete finish, front sight seal intact, solid lock screw, short pinion with flush nut, checkered elevation cap, revision 8 follower, late op rod catch without finish, grooved rear hand guard clip, and all other expected components of the period. The long channel stock is in very good condition with well struck SA/GHS cartouche, large Ordnance emblem, and proof P. The only flaw is that the rear hand guard has quite a few dings on both side, but more on the right side. They appear to have been caused by the op rod handle of other rifles stacked on it. Some of the original Cosmoline is present in protected areas. This is an exceptionally nice looking example, and it was most likely assembled during the month and year of the Pearl Harbor attack. I would not hesitate to add this one to my own collection. - $4,195

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009 (Dec. 1941) Lend Lease

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, Right

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, Left

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, Receiver

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, RecLeg

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, TripGrp

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, BritProofs

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, Cartouche

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, GasCyl

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, RrHdGd, Right

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 408009, RrHdGd. Left

 

!!SOLD!! 2414-R1628. M1 Garand, Springfield Armory, s/n 6080448 (1956). This is an original example of a tough-to-find late production service grade M1 that is in very good condition. The SA 3-56 barrel has a bright and shiny bore, TE = 1.5, MW = 1.0. All expected 65-code SA parts, including: YO1 heat lot bolt, SA W.H windage knob, BS elevation knob, BS gas cylinder lock screw, and very good condition stock with well struck Defense Acceptance Stamp (DAS) and proof P, and only a few minor handling and storage dents and dings. This is a very nice looking example of a fairly scarce rifle that is missing from most collections. Most collectors seek to have a 6m serial number M1 in their collection to represent the end of the M1 service rifle era. - $2,595

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 6080448 (1956)

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 6080448, Right

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 60804489, Left

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 6080448, Close

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 6080448, Receiver

M1 Garand, SA, s/n 6080448, Cartouche

 

!!SOLD!! 2414-R1629. M1 Garand, National Match Type 2, Springfield Armory, s/n 5324273 (1961 DCM Sales Rifle). This is the first 1961 sales NM rifle (NSN 1005-726-6476) we have offered for sale. Only 1,410 NM rifles were produced by Springfield Armory in 1961, more importantly only 169 were sold by the DCM that year, making it the smallest annual sales of any Type 2 NM rifles. This is an excellent condition example that cannot be improved upon. The SA 5 54 NM barrel has a bright and shiny bore, TE = 2.75, MW = 1.75. The following NM parts and modifications are featured: 7790722-SA NM op rod (1961 was the first year of NM op rod use), NM gas cylinder, NM 062 front sight, NM rear sight base (not NM/2A), IHC DRC NM windage knob, NM 595 rear sight aperture (not hooded 1/2 min.), excellent condition stock that is fully glass bedded with DAS and proof P. The trigger housing and stock are properly marked 4273, the last four digits of the rifle serial number. The trigger guard is the tightest I have ever encountered on an original SA NM-2 and is so tight that it is difficult to unlatch and latch. The following additional components are included: 6528290-SA A 11 heat lot bolt (with nearly no finish wear on the left bolt lug), 6528290 trigger housing, SA D5546008 hammer, NHC elevation pinion, and T PAX gas cylinder lock screw. Sale includes the original DCM Form DD1149-3, dated Oct. 3, 1961 indicating the rifle was shipped from Erie Ordnance District in Port Clinton, Ohio to a gentleman from Chenoa, Illinois at a price of $141.50. This is a scarce and excellent condition example. Don’t pass this one up! - $5,295

M1 Garand, National Match Type 2, SA, s/n 5324273 (1961 DCM Sales Rifle)

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Right

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Left

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Receiver

M1 Garand, NM-2 ,SA, s/n 5324273, RrSt

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Close

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Cartouche

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, FtSt

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Doc1

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Doc2

M1 Garand, NM-2, SA, s/n 5324273, Doc3

 

!!SOLD!! 2414-R1630. M1D Garand, Springfield Armory, s/n 1504728 CMP Sales Rifle. This is an excellent condition documented M1D rifle (NSN 1431) with Basic Issue Inventory (BII), box, and original papers. The rifle was sold by the CMP through the M1D monthly lottery in January 1996. It is in unissued condition after US Army conversion to M1D and cannot be improved upon. The Parkerized finish is a uniform black in color and is in flawless condition. The S-A-6-52 M1D barrel has a bright and shiny bore, TE = 2.0, MW = 0.75. The walnut stock and hand guards are in excellent condition, with SA open box cartouche, RA, proof P in a circle, and two faintly visible proof Ps in squares on the bottom of the pistol grip. Accoutrements include: 7/8-inch M1D scope mount, M84 scope s/n 26300 with bright and clear optics, thin bracket Hart M2 flash hider, T4 cheek pad in sealed package, M65 canvas scope case in sealed package, and M1 web sling in sealed package, as is the cleaning kit. This is an excellent condition example that never needs to be upgraded. - $4,295

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728 CMP Sales Rifle

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728, Right

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728, Left

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728, Receiver

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728, Cartouche

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728, BII

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728, Box

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 1504728, Docs

 

!!SOLD!! 2414-R1631. M1D Garand, Springfield Armory, s/n 2956747 CMP Sales Rifle. This is an excellent condition documented M1D rifle (NSN 1431) with Basic Issue Inventory (BII), box, and original papers. The rifle was sold by the CMP in March 1999. It is in unissued condition after US Army conversion to M1D and cannot be improved upon. The Parkerized finish is a uniform black in color and is in flawless condition. The S-A-9-52 M1D barrel has a bright and shiny bore, TE = 2.0, MW = 0.75. The walnut stock is nicely figured and hand guards are in excellent condition, with SA open box cartouche, RA, and proof P in a circle on the stock. Accoutrements include: 7/8-inch M1D scope mount, M84 scope s/n 27789 with bright and clear optics, thin bracket Hart M2 flash hider, T4 cheek pad (MRT 1-52) without leather lace, M65 canvas scope case, and M1 web sling. This is an excellent condition example that never needs to be upgraded. - $3,995

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 2956747 CMP Sales Rifle

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 2956747, Right

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 2956747, Left

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 2956747, Receiver

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 2956747, Cartouche

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 2956747, BII

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 2956747, Box

M1D Garand, SA, s/n 29536747, Docs

 

!!SOLD!! 2414-R1632. M1 Garand, Winchester Repeating Arms Co., s/n 2494902 (Sep. 1944), CMP Collector Grade. This is a CMP Collector Grade rifle sold in April 1999 with CMP Certificate of Authenticity and release document. The name and address are hidden in photos, but are intact on the originals. I received this rifle for consignment sale from the original buyer; he assured me that he has changed nothing on the rifle since purchase. He did clean and oil the stock. The original Parkerized finish on all components is in very good condition. The Winchester barrel has a bright and shiny bore, TE = 2.0-, MW = 1.25, with no chrome at the gas port. Featured Winchester components include: bolt, unmodified op rod, late follower (13), bullet guide (A .), single bevel follower arm (.), late op rod catch, one-piece follower rod (A), clip latch (A), lower band, wide base gas cylinder, front sight (.), solid single slot gas cylinder lock screw, rear sight assembly, small pad trigger housing, hammer (C-46008-1W.R.A.), trigger (A), safety (WRA-1), trigger guard, stock ferrule, and butt plate. The unsanded short channel Winchester stock is in good condition with typical use and storage dents and dings and has a clearly visible WRA/GHD cartouche, Ordnance emblem and proof P with no rebuild stamps. The lower band and elevation pinion retain their original staking. It is my understanding that very few Collector Grade Winchester M1 Garands were sold by the CMP. This is a nice looking rifle. - $4,195

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902 (Sept. 1944) CMP Collector Grade

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, Right

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, Left

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, Receiver

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, Cart1

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, Cart2

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, RrSt

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, RecLeg

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, GasCyl

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, Doc1

M1 Garand, WRA, s/n 2494902, Doc2

 

!!SOLD!! 2414-R1633. M1 Garand, Harrington & Richardson Arms Co., s/n 4662357 (1953). This is one of the rarest, and in my opinion, one of the most interesting of HRA M1 rifle variants. This is a CMP Collector Grade rifle sold in April 2000 with CMP Certificate of Authenticity and release document. The name and address are hidden in photos, but are intact on the originals. This is an original rifle that is in very good condition. It is exactly as those described in the article I wrote for the Garand Collectors Association Journal, Volume 15, Number 4 and includes the World War II era parts that are typical of HRA M1s in this serial number range. The HRA 1-53 barrel has a bright and shiny bore, TE = 2.0, MW = 1.0. Featured parts include: HRA D65 bolt, 6 SA op rod with modification cut, early WRA op rod catch, 6528290 HRA H trigger housing, SA revision 9 hammer, HRA safety, DRC windage knob, HRA elevation pinion, HRA O gas cylinder lock screw, and HRA stock with deeply struck upside down Ordnance emblem on the left side and sans serif proof P. The area of the stock forward of the trigger housing floor plate does have some marks from the keeper on the M1 sling that was obviously on this rifle during its service life. These early HRA’s are one of my favorite post WWII rifles. The use of WWII SA and WRA parts by HRA early in production is an interesting part of the early 1950s M1 rifle production story. This is a scarce and very desirable rifle that is missing from most collections. - $3,295

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, Right

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, Left

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, Receiver

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, RecLeg

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, Cartouche

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, OpRod

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, Stock

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, Doc1

M1 Garand, HRA, s/n 4662357, Doc2

 

U.S. Navy M1 Garand (and other) Rifles (FFL Required)

The following is a listing of Secretary of the Navy Trophy rifle variations:

  1. M1 Rifle Mk 2 Mod 1 Grade B match rifle in 7.62 MM with 1-minute sights. Grade B match rifles were first released by the Navy as a Trophy Rifle in 1996. They are very desirable collector pieces.

  2. M1 Rifle Mk 2 Mod 1 in 7.62 MM using a new SA produced barrel (1965-67 mfg.), two sub-variations; one converted by Harrington & Richardson (H&R) the other by American Machine & Foundry (AMF) of York, PA. The AMF version is by far the rarer of the two (possibly only 10%). These variants have become very scarce over the last few years.

  3. M1 Rifle in caliber .30-06. Often marked “O-65, O-66 or O-67” on flat of receiver behind rear sight. These are usually encountered in unissued condition following rebuild. According to Jeremy Cheek's published article in the June 2004 issue of the Garand Collectors Association Journal, these rifles are USMC M1 rifles rebuilt at Marine Corps overhaul depots.

  4. Remington Model 720 bolt action rifle. These rifles were purchased by the Navy from the Remington Arms Co. immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Their hand-cut checkering is an example of pre-War craftsmanship. They have become very rare and are highly sought after by collectors. They look nearly like works of art.

Navy non-Trophy Rifle variations are:

  1. Mk 2 Mod 1 Grade A match rifle in 7.62 MM with ˝-minute sights. They are the rarest of all; it is believed that few, if any, have been released by the Navy. I’ve never seen one.

  2. Mk 2 Mod 0 in 7.62 MM using a .30-06 barrel with insert to convert to 7.62. This is also a very scarce variation and highly sought after by collectors. I have only seen a handful of real ones in over 15 years.

 

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