The last small lot of M1s was produced by Springfield Armory in early 1957. In 1945, with fighting raging in the dense jungles of the western Pacific, where 'brush-cutting' ability was important, the Pacific Warfare Board took matters into its own hands. However, no 'factory built' T26 will be found, and no field-converted short Garand has ever been found. There are 2 versions of this stamp: This square version with shorter lettering, and a rectangular version with taller lettering. Introduced to the American public as early as 1952, the. Army and the Civilian Marksmanship Program, M1 Garands will be limited to eight per calendar year, per customer.
The M1E5 had a short barrel and a folding metal stock. Can you elaborate on these higher serial numbers? Springfield Armory was the first to start producing rifle and cranked them out at a high of 100 rifles a day. The rifles, including yours, arrived in California on June 1, 1951 where they were sent to the storage facility there after being logged in by Arsenal employee Selma Frump. There are no specific serial number ranges for its use. This system is still in use today in the M21 and M25 U.
The heft of the rifle alleviates felt recoil. Gun Collections Online Specialists in Marketing Your Gun Collections Quick M1 Facts: First year of Production: 1936 Design: In 1928 by John C. The two privately owned firms ceased M1 production in 1955, and the Springfield Armory did likewise in 1957. Second, the M1 Garand variation in. The overall appearance and condition of the rack grade will generally be rougher than any other grade. All the below details on type and manufacturer come from that book.
After 1959, many of the earlier weapons were rebuilt, always with a new barrel, and some used receivers were selected. These conversions were rather crudely done in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, either in Australia or the Philippines. A few statistics explain why this is true: the bullet used in the. These stamps were applied to a stock with no finish. Among several other nations using it, it was the standard service rifle in Greece until the late 1970s. The patent drawings for the gas trap and gas port are seen at left and right, respectively. The Armory reported to Colonel Studler's office that the 15,000 T26s could be delivered within five months.
Fosdick, a native of Troy, New York, had worked at the Raritan for about a year and a half was glad he was able to miss getting drafted. The spline cuts on the shortened barrels were in with a file and other evidence of hand fitting of parts is present. This rifle, and 671 other M1s, were shipped to Benicia Arsenal for possible use in Korea. Receiver will have considerable pitting above the wood line. Millions were used in conflict. Beretta also produced Garands for a short period under Winchester design. When the 'short rifle' arrived at Springfield Armory, engineers recognized immediately that they had done the same thing a year before when they had developed the M1E5.
Springfield Armory annual reports, 1953-1964. These commercial-production rifles were not made for the U. Find one of these gas-trap rifles and you have discovered what is, to a collector, the Holy Grail of Garands. The tables below list only the Springfield Armory and the Winchester Repeating Arms Company serial numbers. Both the Win-13s and Springfields have rifles in the 1,601,150 to 1,640,xxx serial number range. He had an M1 Garand with six inches cut off the barrel. Through the firing of well over 150 rounds at my benchrest in group shooting and steel target plinking afterwards, there was nary a hitch.
Identification of a legitimate 'Tanker' is difficult. Patton More M1 Garand Specs Weight empty: 9. Several K31 owners have been successful in contacting the person who was issued the rifle. Assigned Serial Number Ranges: Beginning Number Ending Number Manufacturer Year Contract Completed 1 to 100,000 Springfield Armory Dec. Brand-New M1 Garands The new Springfield Inc. Started at approximate serial number 2,500,000 through the end of production, so any time after December 1943. The Garand also incorporated an en-bloc clip that held eight.
Since Springfield Armory was still making Ml's, only hand-picking of superior quality weapons and some minor gunsmithing were needed to bring the weapons to required standards. In reality, there were only 151 'Tanker' Garands made. During peacetime, such records were maintained until the weapons were transferred to another entity or turned in for some other reason. The buttplate is checkered steel with a hinged door into which cleaning supplies can be stored. The above is a documented history of the short 'Airborne' models of the M1 Garand. Garand options currently available are listed below.
The 1950s production must be approximated by year, barrel dates, stock cartouches and experience. Assembly of new rifles continued into 1957 including many National Match Rifles. I got some surprising results with the various test loads. The 'Tanker Garand' is a 'misnomer. The stock looks like a fencepost and the barrel a sewer pipe. A number of M1 rifles with higher serial numbers have subsequently been reported, including serial number 6,100,499, which is generally acknowledged as the highest number in existence.