April 11-13, 2023 Firearms and Militaria
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Unique conversion of a M-1 Garand to accept M-14 detachable magazines and shoot the 7.62 NATO cartridge. Rifle started out as a regular M-1 Garand made by Harrington and Richardson in the 1950s. Seeing a need to develop a way to change surplus M-1s to this caliber, Jacob Byer, a Russian born machinist/engineer, designed and patented the conversion while he was head of Research and Development at Harrington and Richardson in 1964. Under U.S. Patent Number 535,289 he modified several existing parts and manufactured a spacer for the trigger housing and several other parts used to secure the magazine in place making a fully functional rifle. By the time Jacob Byer secured his patent, the government had figured out the troubles with their new M16 rifle and the idea faded away. Rifle was eventually given to a friend by Byer and made its way into the current owner's care. Gun is marked with typical H&R markings on breech with an electropencilled "EXP#". SA marked bolt with SA marked op-rod and 7.62 caliber 24" barrel marked "SA" and dated "5-65" with modified stamped SA marked trigger group. Unmarked 20 round metal detachable magazine. Hardwood light-colored unmarked stocks with green woven sling. PROVENANCE: Rifle comes with copies of patent information, articles and letters stating construction dates and design changes. CONDITION: Overall excellent with 905 plus original finish with light handling marks. Good bore with ME of less than 2 and TE of 1. A must for a serious M-1 collector!
Barrel Length
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
Length of Pull
Harrington & Richardson
M1 Garand
Folder of Documents
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $14,400.00
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Number Bids: 20
Auction closed on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
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