What is my M1 Garand Worth?
Why do Gun Owners Like M1 Garand Rifles?
The M-1 Garand is one of the most iconic firearms designed in the early 20th century. Heralded by George S. Patton as the “greatest battle implement ever devised,” the M-1 Garand outclassed the bolt action rifles of other World War II belligerents.
In addition to military use, they are featured in numerous films and other media as well as mentioned often in other forms of pop culture. Video games such as the Call of Duty series and Battlefield have popularized the rifle for younger generations. The firearm is also featured prominently in films that depict World War II and the Korean War.
How to Determine the Value of my M1 Garand?
The Garand has a fairly diverse production with a few rare variants. Values can depend on which manufacturer produced them. Springfield, Winchester, International Harvester and Harrington and Richardson are the original producers of the firearm for the military. Among these producers, Winchesters generally command the highest value. Different variants demand different values as well. Sniper variants of the M-1 Garand that have the original scope mounted are coveted collectors items that do incredibly well in the used market.
A major factor in determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or polymer lower, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.
Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is the firearm’s originality. Please note that as a collectors piece, the value of Garands are greater if they retain the original finish and wood furniture. Another nuance is whether all the parts of the firearm have the same serial numbers.
The Garand was exported to dozens of nations. Many of these firearms have made their way back to the States and are re-stamped by the importer. Please note that these imports are generally less valuable than non-imported Garands.
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