May 12, 2010

Springfield M1 Garand 7.62x51 mm NATO, $1348

The Garand from Springfield had a new investment-cast receiver, new barrel, and a new black-walnut stock. Per the Springfield website (www.springfieldarmory.com), the rest of the parts were U.S. GI mil-spec units. All the metal was freshly Parkerized. The cast action showed more green color than the remainder.

Springfield Garands are available in .30-’06 or .308 Winchester, the .308 version being slightly more expensive at $1378. A decent Garand manual is available as a download from the company website.

Springfield M1 Garand

Courtesy, Gun Tests

The Springfield Armory M1 Garand featured a new investment cast receiver and reclaimed GI parts, but also had a new barrel and stock. This was a fine rifle in every respect. It did have a good trigger, and accuracy was good, too. If you want a Garand with a new receiver, this is it.

The walnut of this rifle was quite plain, though obviously stout and fully serviceable. The grain was well oriented for strength, but the wood finish looked slightly dingy, we thought. But in fairness, that is how most Garands look. The fit and finish were all well done, except that the forward hand guard was a bit loose. We had no qualms about Springfield’s investment-cast action because we know the company has an extensive history with its fine M1A, which utilizes a similar cast-steel receiver, as do all Ruger rifles.

One item we noted was the milled trigger guard, which featured a hole for a cartridge. That made takedown a bit easier for some of us, though we noted there was less finger room within the milled trigger guard than in the more-common stamped one. This rifle was on loan from an active shooter. We noticed a slight mar on the front of the floorplate, but the wood near it was not marred, so we doubt the blemish was there when the rifle was new.

The trigger pull was not quite as good as the Fulton’s, but was not bad, with a final break at 5.5 pounds with barely perceptible creep. On the range, the rifle proved to be completely reliable, and accurate enough to suit us just fine. In fact, with our limited shooting, it averaged the best with the Korean ammunition, just under 2.4 inches. There were no problems with the rifle whatsoever.

The Springfield had a milled trigger guard, which had a hole for a cartridge to help take down the rifle. There was a bit less room in it, but it looked somewhat better than the more common stamped guards.

Comments (4)

Like I've said before, lets just get real and stop the BS. You want to use a cartridge---fine. Someone else wants to use a cleaning rod---fine.
Do we really care ?

Posted by: dirt | May 27, 2010 2:04 PM    Report this comment

Oooh Boy!!! A pissing contest!

Posted by: charlie e | May 16, 2010 9:30 PM    Report this comment

The hole at the rear of the trigger guard is to assist in the removal of the trigger guard when field stripping the rifle. Any object, cleaning rod, cartridge, combination tool, etc., can be used for this purpose, not just the cleaning rod. However, anyone with average strength can pull the back of the trigger guard to the rear and it will unlatch.

Posted by: Omnistuff | May 13, 2010 1:06 PM    Report this comment

The hole in trigger guard is not for a cartridge, it is for a section of the M1 cleaning rod. Perhaps your testing staff should acquire a copy of the M1 manual and read the section on disassembly and maintainence. Accuracy is not just for firearms.

Posted by: outdoorsman855 | May 13, 2010 10:40 AM    Report this comment

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