One of the rarest and most sought after M1 Garands: a Winchester
“WIN-13”. Serial number 1617908, manufactured April 1945. Bore is mint, GHD
stock is excellent. We believe the gun has been fired very little. No import marks.
According to the Winchester polishing shop ledger
(Canfield) the serial number was stamped April 7, 1945, before heat treatment
and assembly. We are not the experts in “correctitude” of all parts, but this
rifle seems to be all WIN-13, and there are reasons to believe that the parts
are original. See photos and detailed parts descriptions.
This WIN-13 is without lubrication, as it was when it came
to us. It has not been test fired at this time. If the buyer wants it test
fired, we will lubricate it and provide a test firing video.
The rifle will ship in a foam lined hard case.
“D28291WIN-13” on leg. Heel marked “U.S. RIFLE CAL. .30 M1 WINCHESTER
TRADEMARK” (and serial number). “TRADEMARK” (tiny lettering) is as sharp as we
have seen. Misc. assembly markings underneath. Excellent condition, absolutely
no pitting. Original finish has some light scratches but little wear.
WRA oval logo in op rod slot along with various assembly markings, also marked
on top “D35448 WRA”. Note photo of very light op rod wear track on the back
section. The bore is bright like new. Chamber is not “in the white”, as WRA’s
are not supposed to be. No chrome pads at gas port.
Measurements: Muzzle Wear: 1, Throat Erosion: 2
arched profile, rough machining marks, solid pin
Op rod: slant
side, marked “D35382W.R.A.”, unmodified. Like new lug and piston. Note the tiny
spot of finish wear in “saddle”, matching the light wear track on the barrel.
Rear of tube section has finish wear on the right side, which exactly matches a
small shiny rub mark on the inside of the stock at the rear of the “channel”,
indicating that this is the original op rod. We did not fix this light “rub”,
although a minor bend adjustment would correct it, if the rifle is to be used
for extensive shooting.
round front type, punch mark inside, finish perfect match to receiver
Op rod catch: late
type, has punch mark on clip latch extension. Internal parts group (op rod
catch, bullet guide, follower, follower arm, follower rod) have uniform minimal
Bullet guide: milled
type, marked “A”.
type marked “13”.
single bevel, WRA-like machining marks
Follower rod: long
fork, riveted, punch mark
Bolt: marked “D28287-1
W.R.A.”, with hole in underside. WRA Garands are notorious for headspace
problems, but this one is not only good but perfect – bolt JUST closes on the
half round, punch mark
some finish wear on “ears”. Sight was not disassembled because pinion stake
Sight knobs: WRA
lockbar, note open arrows.
Rear sight cover:
late type with ribs
aperture: WRA profile, double track
marked “D28290-W.R.A.”, large pad, cloverleaf hole.
milled type, marked “C46025 W.R.A.”
Hammer spring plunger:
late type without wings
top, marked “WRA-1” on inside
Gas cylinder: wide
sight platform, round on top of rear ring. GC group finish is excellent.
Front sight: 0.85
wide, punch mark on right side. Sight screw is marked “A” in socket, hard to
photograph but easy to see with flashlight.
Gas cylinder lock:
beveled front type, unmarked. Overall smooth surface with a few machining marks
on the lower flat. Finish matches GC exactly.
Gas cylinder lock
screw: cross slot poppet valve type, marked “P” with hexagon.
no cracks, marked “WRA GHD” in box with crossed cannons on left side, circled
“P” on pistol grip, all stamps very sharp. Far fewer than average
dings/scratches. The one defect is a chip on the pistol grip “cap” that has
been glued back in, see photos. Overall excellent condition and appearance.
marked “2S” inside, checkering intact, relatively little finish wear.
front HG ferrule has “dash” crimp marks on sides. Rear HG clip has slight
arched profile, rough machining marks. Both have minor dings/scratches, no
cracks, match stock in appearance.
Cleaning kit in buttstock with brushes and oiler, foam lined hard case