Frequently Asked Questions

The Eddystone Story

The Eddystone Story By Walter J. Kuleck, Ph.D. The war activities of the Baldwin Locomotive Works also included the construction of two large plants on their property at Eddystone for the manufacture of rifles and ammunition, and accomplishments...

THE GUAM GARANDS

THE GUAM GARANDS Introduction In all military conflicts, the price of an objective is paid with the lives of combatants.  Historically it has been considered that the force armed with superior weapons incurs fewer casualties and has a greater chance of victory.  For...

The M1C Sniper Rifle

The M1C Sniper Rifle by Scott A. Duff Two telescope-mounted versions of the M1 rifle were developed at Springfield Armory for use by snipers. They were designated the M1C and M1D. The M1C was adopted as standard on 27 July 1944. A Lyman produced M81 or M82...

The M1D Sniper Rifle

The M1D Sniper Rifle by Scott A. Duff Two telescope-mounted versions of the M1 rifle were developed at Springfield Armory for use by snipers. They were designated the M1C and M1D. The M1D was adopted as substitute standard in September 1944. The M1D...

National Match M1 Rifles

National Match M1 Rifles by Scott Duff Perhaps the most refined version of the M1 is that known as the National Match (NM) rifle. In March 1953, Springfield Armory was directed by the Ordnance Department to furnish 800 M1 rifles for use at the High Power...

Who Made M1 Garands? How Many Were Made? When Were They Made?

Who Made M1 Garands? How Many Were Made? When Were They Made?   by Scott Duff World War II Production Springfield Armory The first production M1 was successfully proof fired, function fired, and fired for accuracy on 21 July 1937. Thus began...

What Is Heat Lot Number??

What Is Heat Lot Number By Scott Duff Another factor (in addition to drawing numbers) used in the identification of Springfield Armory manufactured receivers, barrels, and bolts is the "heat lot" number. This is an alphanumeric code used by the Armory to identify the...

What Is A Drawing Number??

What Is A Drawing Number?? An understanding of the engineering drawing numbers which were stamped on some M1 parts is necessary in order to fully comprehend the evolution of those components. For example: A hammer may be marked C46008-2 SA. The "C" designates the...

What’s a “Tanker” Garand?

What's a "Tanker" Garand? By Walter J. Kuleck, Ph.D. The "Tanker Garand" is a "misnomer." During WWII two separate prototypes were developed for paratroop use. The first was the M1E5. The M1E5 had a short barrel and a folding metal stock. It was developed and tested...