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Lot 1604: U.S. Springfield "Gas-Trap" M1 Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

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Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

U.S. Springfield "Gas-Trap" M1 Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: M1-Garand
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 06
Barrel: 22 inch
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 707
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 308
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This Springfield Armory M1 Garand Rifle was manufactured in April 1940 and has been restored to the original "Gas-Trap" configuration. The rifle has most of the difficult to obtain original Gas-Trap components. The receiver heel is stamped: "U.S. RIFLE/CAL..30 M1/SPRINGFIELD/ARMORY/34765". The receiver has a smooth gray-green parkerized finish. The receiver does not appear to have the modified right rib that was altered on many gas-trap rifles. The barrel has the same finish as the receiver, but the chamber has been parkerized. The right side of the barrel has "X" stamped below the handguard clip and a "P" proofmark with a punch-mark in the center stamped just before the step. The rifle has the correct, early, "long channel" stock with checkered buttplate and no trap. The butt has the correct "large over small hole" configuration. The left side of the stock is stamped with a faint "SA/SPG" final inspection mark, and a circled, serifed "P" proofmark is stamped on the inside of the pistol grip. The stock has no visible rebuild marks. The handguard has the "lip type" front ferrule. Both the upper and lower bands are grooved. The rifle is fitted with a stainless steel, second variation gas cylinder with "D-28289-1" drawing number on the top of the lower band. The gas cylinder has a blued front sight with the drawing number "SA12703-0" on the right side and early gas plug with lightening hole. The gas cylinder, plug and sight all appear to be original. The bullet guide, trigger guard, safety and rear sight cover are correct for the rifle and have the proper drawing numbers. The windage knob has the fine checkering found on early production rifles. The elevation knob has solid arrows. The "-6 SA"' operating rod, late operating rod spring guide, "round" operating rod spring and "-12 SA" bolt are not correct for this rifle in the original gas-trap configuration.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The rifle has the key original components (receiver and the refinished barrel) that are nearly impossible to obtain, and the receiver does not appear to have "seventh-round stoppage" modification. The receiver and trigger housing group retain 60% of the thin parkerized finish. The reproduction stainless steel gas cylinder and plug are very good with a mellow gray patina, crisp drawing number and some scattered, minor handling marks. The front sight retains 50% of the original blue finish. The sanded reoiled stock, handguard and forearm are good; the inspection and proofmarks on the stock are modern restamps. This is a rare example of a Gas-Trap M1 Garand Rifle that has been carefully reconstructed back to original configuration using rare, original components. Original Gas-Trap M1 gas cylinders, handguard ferrules, barrels and stocks are nearly impossible to obtain today. This is a fine looking, solid representative example of a Gas-Trap M1 Garand rifle!



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