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M1 Garand - How to determine value/collectability?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by duncan, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. duncan

    duncan Salem,Or Member

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    Friend just dropped off a M1 Garand for safekeeping and storage. The guy is interested in if it's collectible and possibly valuable. I think he was hinting around about a trade/sale between he and I - so I thought I'd check it out.

    Thoughts and Ideas on where I should start would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    First thing would be to take it apart and record all of the part numbers and note what condition they are all in.
    Most of them have been through an arsenal rebuild after the war and have mis-matched parts.
    Take some pics and post them on here for a better evaluation.
     
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  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    If you have a über-rare gas-trap Garand, you've just gotten the means to pay your mortgage off! :D
     
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  4. duncan

    duncan Salem,Or Member

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    Thank you - I will do that.
     
  5. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Post pictures and answer some follow up questions, and I'm sure you can find help around here...
     
  6. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    As to the M1. I have a couple and if you post a bunch of good pictures I could tell you what you have.
     
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  7. duncan

    duncan Salem,Or Member

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    Hey Medic,

    Good point. Thanks for that. He's a brother. I will take some photos and we will see.

    Appreciate the heads up and the offer.
     
  8. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    At least the manufacturer and S/N (last three or four digits X-ed out) would be a good start in determining age and possible relative value.
     
  9. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    Who is the maker of the Receiver? Springfield, Harrington and Richardson, Winchester or International Harvester. Springfield and Harrington manufactured the most. Winchester did less and only in WWII. The Winchester name makes it valuable but the quality was rougher than the others. International Harvester are generally the most valuable but not always the case. Lots of determining factors in pricing an M1.

    Are there any import stamps? (Blue Sky, Arlington Ordnance).

    Was this rifle purchased from the CMP? Does it have a certificate?

    Look for evidence of the receiver being re-welded. Back in the 80's and 90's a lot of de-milled receivers were cut and then re-welded. If it is a CMP rifle with certification it won't be a re-weld.

    Check to see if there are any cartouches (stamps in the wood). Sometimes an original stock can me worth more than a thousand dollars by itself. But beware, many folks know this and there are many fake stamped stock on the market.

    Is it WWII era or Korean war era?

    Is the barrel original to the rifle? Original WWII barrel in good shape increase the value of the rifle. Have the throat and erosion gauged. this can be a big determining factor.
     
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  10. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Show is over.
     
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  11. duncan

    duncan Salem,Or Member

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    Nope. Just on hiatus.