A few weeks ago we told you that the M1 Garand rifle that belong to John Garand himself was headed to the auction block. Now, according to Rock Island Auctions, the presentation rifle recently sold for a whopping $287,000
The historic firearm, serial number 1,000,000, was presented to the inventor John C. Garand upon his retirement from Springfield Armory in 1953 in honor of his illustrious 34-year career. Rock Island Auctions sold the historic firearm, with the “…most beautiful, highly figured, regular production M1 Garand stock and handguard sets we have ever seen,” complete with inscribed display case, plated and gilt En Bloc clip, cartridges, and John C. Garand archive for $287,000 last week.
The millionth M1 Garand ever produced was built in the Springfield Armory not even a year after Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. To put that into context, nearly 5.5 million M1 Garand rifles were produced between 1934 and 1957. After John’s death, the notable M1 was bequeathed to his family, where it remained until NRA President Allen Cors acquired it in 2003.
Jean Cantius Garand began working at the Springfield Armory in 1919 at the tender age of 29. In his 34 years at the company he was involved in the development of a number of firearms, but it was the creation of an iconic semiautomatic rifle at the onset of WWII bearing his name that would prove to be his lasting legacy.
Those with lesser budgets that are interested in owning a similar piece of history can pick one up from the CMP starting at $650.