Rare "Gas-Trap" M1 Garand Rifle

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Rare  Gas-Trap  M1 Garand Rifle
This Springfield Armory M1 Garand Rifle was manufactured in April 1940. This early production M1 rifle has been restored to the original "Gas Trap" configuration. The rifle has most of the difficult to obtain original Gas-Trap components. The receiver heel is stamped: "U.S. RIFLE/CAL..30 M1/SPRINGFIELD/ARMORY/34765". The receiver has a smooth gray-green parkerized finish and does not appear to be refinished. The receiver does not appear to have the modified right rib that was altered on many gas-trap rifles. The barrel has the same finish as the receiver but the chamber has been parkerized. The right side of the barrel has "X" stamped below the handguard clip and a "P" proofmark with a punch-mark in the center stamped just before the step. The rifle has the correct, early, 'long channel' stock with checkered buttplate and no trap. The butt has the correct 'large over small hole' configuration. The left side of the stock is stamped with a faint "SA/SPG" final inspection mark and a circled, serifed "P" proofmark is stamped on the inside of the pistol grip. The stock has no visible rebuild marks. The handguard has the 'lip type' front ferrule. Both the upper and lower bands are grooved. The rifle is fitted with a stainless steel, second variation gas cylinder with "D-28289-1" drawing number on the top of the lower band. The gas cylinder has a blued front sight with the drawing number, "SA12703-0" on the right side and early gas plug with lightening hole. The gas cylinder, plug and sight all appear to be original. The bullet guide, trigger guard, safety and rear sight cover are correct for the rifle and have the proper drawing numbers. The windage knob has the fine checkering found on early production rifles. The elevation knob has solid arrows. The "-6 SA"' operating rod, late operating rod spring guide 'round' operating rod spring and "-12 SA" bolt are not correct for this rifle in the original gas-trap configuration. With a combination takedown tool and chamber brush, marked "UHC" on the main body.
BBL: 22 inch
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 30 06
Finish: parkerized
Serial Number: 34765
Condition: Very fine. The rifle has the key original components, the stock, gas cylinder and probably the barrel, which are nearly impossible to obtain and the receiver does not appear to have 'seventh-round' stoppage modification. The receiver and trigger housing group retain approximately 80% of the original parkerized finish. The stainless steel gas cylinder and plug are in very good condition with a mellow gray patina, crisp drawing number and some scattered, minor handling marks. The front sight retains about 50% of the original blue finish. The stock, handguard and forearm are in fine condition; the inspection and proofmarks on the stock are light but legible. The stock, handguard and forearm show moderate service wear and have matching color and condition. This is a rare example of a rare Gas-Trap M1 Garand Rifle that has been carefully reconstructed back to original configuration using rare, original components. Original Gas-Trap M1 gas cylinders, handguard ferrules, barrels and stocks are nearly impossible to obtain today. This is a fine looking, substantially original, Gas-Trap M1 Garand rifle that would be the centerpiece of any advanced U.S. small arms collection.