View Full Version : History of m1 garand

June 24, 2009, 12:08 AM
Hey all, sorry i haven't been on this sight a whole lot since i have gotten the b.r.d. that being said, i have a wonderful springfield m1 garand that i know nothing about. can anyone help, give me a sight to go to etc. serial #2627661, i believe all #'s match but not sure. im not trying to find value, just history, what a great gun!! Thanks for any help.

June 24, 2009, 10:45 AM
Your rifle was born in Feb 1944.

The only real serial number is on the receiver. All of the other numbers are drawing numbers. There is no such thing as a "matching" Garand, but it can be "correct" meaning that the drawing numbers are all from the same period as the receiver.

June 24, 2009, 02:41 PM
The chances of an all-original WW2 M1 are slim as most went though at least one arsenal inspection/repair during their lifetimes. Little effort was made to keep original parts with rifles.

The best way to figure out what you have is to fill out a data sheet and consult some reference manuals. You never know... you may just have a collectible part or two in your rifle!


Scott Duff has some good reference books as well:
The M1 Garand: World War II Volume 1
The M1 Garand: Post World War II Volume 2