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With the outbreak of the Korean War, the US Government turned to International Harvester and Harrington Richardson Arms to help meet the needs for the M1 Garand Rifle.
This HRA M1 Garand, manufactured in October of 1955, remains in mint, unissued condition and has likley only been fired for testing. All parts are HRA, including the 10/55 marked HRA barrel. The wood is perfect, unmarred and “open grained”. The black walnut stock on this specimen is nicely figured and beautiful. All metal parts are “as issued” with an even parkerized finish. Even the buttplate remains unmarred.
The “Defense Acceptance Stamp” on the stock is correct and well struck. The firing proof “P” is non-serrated as is correct for H&R and well struck. The stock as shown in the pictures has no arsenal rebuild markings. There are no import marks.
Overall, this rifle remains in 99% condition plus. I have never seen such perfect wood on a Garand.
Several years ago the CMP auctioned a batch of these mint, unissued Harrington and Richardson M1 Garand Rifles. The price paid for those guns, if my memory is correct, was in the $4-6K range. Prices have settled on these exceptional condition guns. If you can find one, these Korean War vintage M1 rifles represent a great opportunity to own a mint, as new condition M1 Garand for a reasonable price. Manufactured at the tail end of the Korean War and never issued, you will have a hard time finding a better example of an HRA M1 Garand.