This Springfield Armory M1 Garand rifle was manufactured in August of 1944 and subsequently arsenal modified to M1D configuration. The M1D was the standard Army sniper rifle from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s. M1D rifles remained in the inventories of some Army National Guard units and Special Forces groups until the early 1990s. Includes a Freedom of Information Act request document for ownership history of this rifle that states, "The records for this weapon are listed below in chronological order: 1. May 15, 1975, US Army Garrison (USAG) Japan, Camp Zama, did an initial inventory. 2. October 24, 1997, Army Forward Support Battalion (AFSB) - Northeast Asia (NEA) Forward Logistics Support Team (LST) Sagami Storage Facility, Sagamichara Kanagawa, Japan conducted a reconciliation on the weapon. 3. February 23, 1998, USAG Japan, Camp Zama received the weapon. 4. July 28, 1998, USAG Japan, Camp Zama shipped the weapon to Civilian Marksmanship Program Anniston, Alabama." The rifle is fitted with a standard blued M84 2.2 power telescopic sight with post and cross-wire cross-hairs, sliding sun shield, and rubber eyepiece. The arsenal replacement stock is fitted with a russet leather cheekpiece stamped "MRT/2 52" on the right. The rifle has the special M1D barrel with scope mounting block and double stamped "SA 8-52" on the right of the chamber. "9 SA" marked operating rod, "-14-SA" trigger housing and "-12SA" bolt. "P" proof mark on the front of the pistol grip. The telescopic sight has a plate on the right side marked "TELESCOPE/M84/SERIAL NO. 28255". Includes Hart M2 flash hider and CMP shipping box containing cleaning tools. Rifle was part of a late 1990s CMP lottery and it comes with all military storage packaging.
Very fine as arsenal converted to M1D configuration, retains 98% arsenal parkerized finish. Stock is very fine with a few light handling marks, a minor crack at the toe, and light wear underneath the cheekpiece. Mechanically excellent. Scope is excellent, retains 98% original blue finish on the tube with one small patch of light corrosion and clear optics. Included cheekpiece is excellent.
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