3/11/21 - This is a scarce National Match M1 Garand in near-mint, original condition. Type 1 National Match rifles were first intruduced in the mid-1950s with the idea of making a rifle that could compete in national matches. With that in mind, the best barrels were selected, and paired up with the existing inventory of receivers and using the best components available. These were sold to various shooting clubs, at Camp Perry events and to individuals through the DCM (Director of Civilian Marksmanship) - predecessor of CMP. Only Springfield arsenal parts were used, and parts were marked NM. This rifle has an NM marked front sight, sling swivel, rear sight, the gas cylinder, op rod, and barrel. Also the trigger group and the stock have the last 4 digits of the serial number written in while ink. Springfield Arsenal stocks were used as well as were marked with a “serif P in the circle” and a DOD cartouche on the left side. The stock is glass bedded which give it the extra shine. The barrel is dated to December of 1954 and SA marked. SA receiver dates to same time period. Beautiful finish throughout, hardly and wear. Minty bore, with muzzle reading of 2 and a throat reading of less than 1. Terrific stock aside from a ding in the top of the handguard.