I recently received this amazing piece of WWII era history through the Civilian Marksmanship Program:
A Springfield Armory M1 .30 Caliber Rifle, commonly called an M1 Garand.
The serial number is in the 278xxxx range, which, according to Fulton Armory (via Scott Duff), makes its manufacture date in March of 1944. By the proof marks on the stock (pics to follow!) it looks like the stock is much newer, either HRA or IH from the mid to late 50’s. Either way, i think it is the oldest thing i own!
It is in great condition, and it is beautiful! Laura even said, “That’s way prettier than the AK” 🙂