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Old January 6, 2014, 09:30 AM   #1
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Yet another Garand question....

Man, once I bought my first one, they seem to start to find me....I now have the opportunity to purchase a SA Garand with a serial in the early 1941 range. The seller wants about the limit of what I am willing to spend/think it is worth (750-800) as it is "better than service grade". Would that early of a serial #/reciever make it any more collectable than a typical WWII one?

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Old January 6, 2014, 11:21 AM   #2
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not really, unless it's an early 1936 serial number I don't see it drawing any more money. the only difference is aesthetic collectors value. some people might want it more because it served though the entire WWII but that does nothing to actual retail value.
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Old January 6, 2014, 03:50 PM   #3
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$750 is a steal for a good WW2 Springfield. It'll only gain value as the CMP is running out.
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Old January 6, 2014, 03:57 PM   #4
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What tahunua said. The serial number for shooter-quality Garands does not tend to affect value all that much, since there is demand for all different ranges (for example, some folks want Korean War era rifles, or later serial ranges that incorporate the various product improvements). Condition is much more important.

What tend to drive value for the collector-grade rifles is parts originality, desired cartouche/proof marks, condition, rare components (such as gas trap rifles, which will have very low serials) and any historical value that can be definitively tied to the rifle.
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Old January 6, 2014, 07:58 PM   #5
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So what makes you think its "better than service grade" ?
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Old January 7, 2014, 10:24 AM   #6
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^^^^^^

Because I have handled hundreds of Service grades at the Anniston store. This one has a 1 roughly for the muzzle, and just about ZERO nicks/gouges in the stock......

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Old January 7, 2014, 11:59 AM   #7
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I would question if this gun saw service in action during the war if the stock is pristine as you say.
For that price, I would still buy it though.


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Old January 7, 2014, 01:55 PM   #8
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Service grades will run from what you have to less condition.
You have to remember the "grades" are just made up by CMP. As you know the next better grade would be a Correct, if yours isnt Correct and a mixmaster its a top end Service Grade
Nice rifleyou have
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Old January 10, 2014, 09:37 AM   #9
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Made the offer.....

So I will pick it up tomorrow.....pics soon and you guy can tell me more about it. Still getting ugly glances from the wife, however.....LOL. "THREE ARMY RIFLES?!" (she does not know the proper name).

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