Springfield M1 Garand Mk2 MOD1
in 7.62 NATO (.308)
This is a fairly rare gun. These were
developed as an interim weapon until the Navy got the new
M14 rifles. Eventually not many if any made it into the
ranks. Most of the converted M1s for the Navy were in three
classifications: Service Grade, Match Grade B or Match Grade
A. This one is a service-grade gun as there generally would
be a "Grade A" or "Grade B" designation on the match rifles.
Service grade guns were often used as awards for shooting
competitions within the Navy.
This particular rifle is in excellent
condition. The wood has a couple of minor storage dents. The
metal has 99+% of the original finish. The bore is mint, the
throat and muzzle both measure less than 1 on my gauge. The
originals had a white plastic spacer on the follower to
prevent using the longer 30-06 rounds but this one has a
metal spacer in the mag well instead.
I fired 3 clips through the rifle (just
had to try it out) and it's a pleasure to shoot compared to
the 30-06 version. Very mild recoil. Comes with the canvas
sling and cleaning kit in the buttstock.
Here is a little back story on these
Back in the 1960s, the US Navy decided to rechamber a bunch
of its M1 Garand rifles to 7.62 NATO. The proper way to do
this would have been to simply put new 7.62 barrels into the
rifles – but the Navy wanted a cheaper route. So instead,
they decided to make chamber inserts that could allow the
use of 7.62 NATO in existing .30-06 barrels. Well, long
story short, the inserts had a tendency to come out so they
decided to simply replace the barrels with new ones.
Clearly, the purpose-made 7.62 mm barrel was the better
choice, and the sensible decision was made to stop using the
bushing method and procure new barrels instead. In 1964, the
U.S. Navy contracted with Springfield Armory for the
manufacture of 30,000 new Garand barrels chambered for the
7.62x51 mm NATO cartridge. The barrels were manufactured in
1965 and 1966. Only about 5,000 of the 17,050 rifles
converted by AMF were the later MK 2 MOD 1 variant (fitted
with new Springfield 7.62 mm barrels). Of the 15,000 rifles
converted by Harrington & Richardson, only some 25 percent
were of MK 2 MOD 1 configuration while the rest of the
rifles modified by the firm were of the MK 2 MOD 0 (sleeved
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