Winchester “Danish” M1 Garand serial 1316xxx, manufactured
This is a “Danish return” rifle. After WWII, 20,000
Garands were loaned to the Danish military. In 1998, about 17,000 of these were
returned to the US Army. While in Denmark, many of the rifles were used enough
to require new barrels and/or other parts. This one has a 1960 VAR
(Vaabenarsenalet) Danish barrel. Caliber is .30-06.
This rifle is particularly interesting because its stock
has been marked with the receiver serial number, inside and out, has a Danish
data label inside, and it has its Danish hang tag. Denmark designated the M1
rifle as “7.62mm Gevaer M/50” (model 50), which is written at the top of the
hang tag. This is a nice collector package, in good shooting condition.
There are no import marks. All parts are described below
and shown in photos.
The rifle has been disassembled, cleaned, lubricated, and
test fired. Parts were clean for photos, coated with oil and greased where
appropriate when reassembled.
Two M1 enbloc clips and sling noted below are included.
“D28291-2” on leg. Misc. assembly markings underneath. Excellent condition,
absolutely no pitting. Original finish shows wear, particularly where wood
contacts. This is a “two-tone” receiver – from a WWII heat treatment of the
heel by being dipped in hot lead, which produces the dark appearance of the
heel. Receiver legs have rough machining marks, typical for Winchester.
“D 6535448 3-60 284” in op rod slot, with “VAR” and crown, “DK” and crown, “M”,
and “KOA” in circle. The bore is bright but not mirror-bright, crown and
rifling very good. No external pitting, good finish with some wear on the
exposed front section. Chrome pads at gas port. VAR barrels are known for
quality and accuracy.
Measurements: ME(muzzle erosion): 2 ½, TE(throat erosion): 2 1/2 (Want to learn more about these measurements? Read our Barrel Erosion Guide.)
Op rod: curved
side, marked “D35382 6 SA”, modified. Good working condition, no pitting.
Op rod catch: marked
“PB”, Beretta (Italian)
Bullet guide: stamped
type without notch
Clip latch: marked
“BMB”, Breda (Italian)
type marked “12”
Follower arm: no
Follower rod: long
fork, riveted, marked “BMB”
Bolt: marked “D28287-12
SA S-04<>”. Has some surface pitting, but headspace is excellent.
Sight knobs: T105
postwar type, elevation marked “FZR”, windage “BME”.
Rear sight cover:
late type with ribs
aperture: double track
marked “D28290-12-SA”, small pad, cloverleaf hole. No pitting.
Trigger guard: milled,
type, no extra hole
Hammer spring plunger:
postwar type without wings
top, marked “HRA”
Gas cylinder: wide
sight platform, flat on top of rear ring. Finish fairly good.
Front sight: 0.65
Gas cylinder lock:
WWII beveled front type, unmarked, finish mostly gone
Gas cylinder lock
screw: cross slot poppet valve type, marked “HRA”, finish mostly gone
appears to be US manufacture, probably WWII SA. Circled “P” on pistol grip can
still be seen. The receiver serial number was stamped in the Danish style,
between the pistol grip and sling loop, and also inside, next to the data
label. No cracks, has about average dings/scratches, none severe. Has
reproduction brass ID disk on pistol grip.
walnut, same condition and appearance as stock. Rear handguard clip is marked
web type, adjustment latch appears to be nickel or similar plated, a little