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    Need advice on value and a serial number.

    This Garand is for sale locally at $1200 including 48 rounds of ammo and some clips. It is a Springfield 1955 (#SA5939170). The bolt is SA6528287 A16. The barrel is T P SA F6565448 12 55 A224A (the last A may be a delta sign. Hard to tell). I assume the barrel is dated Dec. 1955, which matches the receiver date. I need to know the bolt date. Can't find a source on the internet for the bolt. No markings on the stock. The stock is in very good condition as is the metal finish. I have not been able to look at the internal trigger assembly for markings. My research says that this gun was manufactured during the time of Match rifles. Could this be one? I suspect this was a CMP offering. Help will be much appreciated.

    #2
    An A16 bolt is correct for 5.9 mill serial # garand. Does it have "NM" stamped on the barrel by the gas cylinder ?

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      #3
      We really need more info and PICTURES. There is not enough information present to make an educated guess. You've basically said, "There's this really nice, clean '69 Chevy for sale. Should I buy it?". You need to do some homework and learn about these rifles. You need more knowledge than what you'll pick up in an hour or two on the net. I've been at this game for 40+ years and am still learning. Take someone with you who knows the M1 rifle or you stand a very good chance of not getting what you thought you were.
      Jon

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        #4
        You have provided about 10% of the info needed to evaluate the rifle. The bolt and barrel sound correct. The stock is not. Really, there is no "time of Match rifles" It either is one or it isn't. Even if it was at some time, I doubt it is now. It would be obvious becsuse it would have a bedded stock, NM sights snd several other special accurizing improvements that would be very obvious. Chances are, if a CMP rifle, it's just s run of the mill post war rebuilt rifle with a sub $1000 value.

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          #5
          If it is a 55 it is probably not a match rifle. Match rifles were a bit more common closer toward the end of production. Value would depend on the metal condition and the stock condition and if it is USGI or just an old replacement stock. Unfortunately when it comes to post war Garands Springfield had the most manufactured number of Garands at 637,420. They go for a whole lot less. Fair price is $800-900 maybe if it is real real nice and original.They are the least desirable Garands of the entire production. IHC garands are the most rare but were not of as good a quality. HRAS are recognized by all collectors as the nicest made garands of the entire production, WW2 garands will obviously still go for a bit more due to the history of course. Fair price for a very nice all original HRA or IHC is $1300 easy maybe a bit more. They were made in considerably lower numbers than SA Garands. At a total of 428,600 for HRAs and 337,623 for IHC. All total,there are millions of SA garands.
          Last edited by Garandman; 08-16-2018, 05:34 PM.

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            #6
            While I agree that it is probably not a match rifle, I have two NM rifles and they both have 1955 barrels. One is a 5.8m and the other 5.9m so without knowing more it cannot be ruled out. As you implied, doubtful though.

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              #7
              Can you post photos. Does it have a std type rear sight app. marked NM ? Is front sight marked NM.

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