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 rifles:

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 chamber) variety. 

The pictures will tell you more. Contact me if you need pictures of something I missed.

 

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