Evolution of National Match Rifles – Springfield Armory Production

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The evolution of the M1 NM rifle is generally broken down into three major stages according to the chronological introduction of major improvements. The official National Match program terminated in 1963, and most NM rifles returned or still in inventory were reconditioned to 1963 standards.

Type 1 1953 – 1958
Intermediate 1959
Type 2 1960 – 1963

TYPE 1: (Generally identical to issue grade rifles in appearance)

a) Production New
Rebuilt
Total
1953 800 800
1954 1700 800 2500
1955 3003 314 3317
1956 5050 550 5600
1957 4184 499 4683
1958 1295 731 2026
b) Specially selected and assembled for match quality
c) Only non-standard marking is NM near muzzle
d) 1957 improvement: Front sight marked 062 available and installation by competitors permitted
e) 1958 major improvements: Gas cylinder ring reamed .006 larger
Front sight NM062 permitted
Aperture NM .595 and NM .520 permitted
f) Supply of new receivers exhausted

INTERMEDIATE: (First use of NM marked parts in original SA assembly)

a) Production New
Rebuilt Total
1959
2877
2652
5529
1959 Major Improvements: Front sight – NM 062
Aperture – NM .595 (NM .520 optional)
Rear sight base – NM
Windage knob – NM
Wedges glued into recoil shoulders of stock on most new NM’s

TYPE 2: (Glass bedding and full complement of NM component parts)

a) Production New
Rebuilt
Total
1960 8663 8663
1960 Major Improvements: Glass Bedding
Front handguard secured to lower band
Stock and trigger group serialed to rifle (last four digits)
Non-issue item authorized: Experimental ½ minute sight disc
b)
Production New
Rebuilt
Total
1961

1410 1410
1961 Major Improvements: Operating rod marked SA or RA NM 7790277
1962 4500
4500
1962 Major Improvements: ½ minute hooded aperture
Rear sight base – NM/2
1963 3639
3639
1963 Major Improvements: Rear sight base – NM/2A
F7791035 marked NM barrel