WORLD WAR II
Rifle

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Description M-1 Garand, serial number 1830268, made at Springfield Armory in July 1943. Gas operated semi-automatic rifle in caliber 30.06. Rotary bolt locks into 23" barrel. Receiver marked: "U.S. RIFLE CAL. 30M1 SPRINGFIELD ARMORY." Receiver sight and front sight protected by steel ears. Safety in front of trigger guard. Clip release on left side of receiver. Rebarreled at Springfield Armory in December 1946 and marked "S-A-12-46" on right side of barrel ahead of breech. American black walnut stock with white stenciled letters "SOO" on left side of butt stock. Right side stencilled "GG" and "23". Cartoche on left side of stock near receiver is not readable. Rifle has clearly seen much use. Trap in butt plate for storage of cleaning rod, which is missing. Rifle has front and rear swivels but does not have a sling.

The Garand was adopted as the U.S. battle rifle in 1936. It was used extensively in World War II and continued in use through the Korean War until replaced by the M14. It used an 8 round en bloc clip that was ejected after the last round was fired.

The date of manufacture was determined by tables in Bruce Canfield's book "Complete Book of the M1 Rifle and Carbine."
Dimensions W-2.75 L-43.5 inches
Event World War II
Year range to 1943
Made Springfield Armory
Material Metal/Wood
Object ID 2002.108.2
Object Name Rifle
Place of Origin Springfield, MA
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