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Old September 3rd, 2016, 05:22 PM   #1
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My embarrassing story - M1 Garand Purchase

Thought I'd share a story, might make you laugh :)

Three years ago I went to Ben Avery gun range north of Phoenix to check out the CMP competition taking place.

Anyone who has ever been to a CMP event knows they sell M1 Garand service rifles at these events. They had a big tent set up, lots of people milling around looking at the rifles on the tables.

I had no intentions of buying one but after talking to the sales guy he mentioned he had one Field Grade still in the trailer that wasn't out yet.

I requested to look at it; he said the barrel wasn't in great condition, but the rest of the parts were decent. So I bought it.

I waited for the sales people in the trailer to process my order, pay for the rifle, and bring the paperwork back to the sales guy to claim my new M1 Garand.

Now the embarrassing part

I was so excited about my new purchase that I went to my 4runner popped the hatch and put the rifle in the back. I closed the hatch to head home.

I backed up out of the parking spot and proceeded to drive away. My hatch popped open, my brand new rifle in the green CMP case falls out onto the street with everyone in the tent watching.

I quickly stopped. I couldn't even look at the people under the tent, I quickly scooped up the rifle, stuffing it back in, slammed the hatch shut and sped off hoping to never be seen again.

Every time I shoot this rifle I think back about it falling out of my car. Good times. :)

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 05:47 PM   #2
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Ouch & LOL

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 05:59 PM   #3
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It happens lol. I can't remember the number of times I have had AAA out to unlock my car because I locked my keys in the car.

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 06:11 PM   #4
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I did the same thing with my job box style truck box... Sped off with the tail gate down and "flop flop flop" down the road it went. Lol

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I feel your pain. When I was a teenager I left my shot gun in the roof of my parent's station wagon after leaving a duck marsh. Watching it tumble down the road through the rear view mirror made me sick.

I still have that gun. The car is long gone though.

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Had a table saw slide out the back of my pickup once..... :0

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 06:38 PM   #7
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There are two types of people in the world: People who have had silly accidents like that, and people who lie and say they didn't

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 08:56 PM   #8
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Had a table saw slide out the back of my pickup once..... :0
I was coming back with two friends from a mountain bike trip. We had two bikes on a hitch rack and the other on a roof rack. The guy who was driving had his on the roof rack and looking at the rear-view mirror, let out a gasp. His bike came out of the rack. We all turned around to see his new $7000.00 bike that had a total of three rides on, tumble on the freeway then get run over twice. On a bike forum I'm on, every week we hear a tale of woe about somebody forgetting that their bike is in the roof rack as they either pull into their garage or through a drive-through restaurant and the bike gets sheared of the top. -Lloyd

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There are two types of people in the world: People who have had silly accidents like that, and people who lie and say they didn't
HAHAHA! If nothing ever happens to you then you never leave the porch!
One night 36 yrs ago I left my 1959 Nylon 66 on top of the dog box after loading the dogs up & lost it on the way home. I went back to look for it & there it was in the middle of the road, with almost NO stock left! True to their word Remington made that stock good at no charge! But the barrel, sights, mag tube & numerous other small parts, not so much...

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Old September 4th, 2016, 07:00 AM   #10
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At least you only took a little hit to your pride.

I had a shooting buddy lose two shotguns in two weeks duck hunting. First one his friend dropped it out of the boat into a freezing deep muddy river. Second he left it on his pickup bumper, drove home. It was gone when he went back. A little over 2k in nice semis gone, ouch.

I felt bad for him and let him borrow my cheapest pump, with conditions, of course.

Yes, I got it back.

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Howdy Buckeroos,

Back in the mid-nineties, at an antique arms show, one of my clients set a beautiful 16th. century wheelock rifle on the truck of his car.

A few people saw him drive off but could not catch him.

He came back a little while later asking if anyone had seen his rifle.

It never turned up and it was a keystone to his collection.

We all make mistakes/blunders, that is why there is an eraser on the end of a pencil.

Keep yer powder dry and your shootin' irons secure.

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I was speeding down a busy road in town when I spotted what looked like a flintlock rifle laying in the road. I turned around and parked and went running across 4 lanes of traffic to discover it was an old rusty piece of exhaust pipe that fell off a car.

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I disassembled my M1 garand and after reassembling could not get the bolt to fully retract??? That's the time I learned the follower will go in backwards lol.

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I was speeding down a busy road in town when I spotted what looked like a flintlock rifle laying in the road. I turned around and parked and went running across 4 lanes of traffic to discover it was an old rusty piece of exhaust pipe that fell off a car.

That happens to me all the time! its amazing what our minds create to fill-in-the-blanks, or connect-the-dots.

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I was speeding down a busy road in town when I spotted what looked like a flintlock rifle laying in the road. I turned around and parked and went running across 4 lanes of traffic to discover it was an old rusty piece of exhaust pipe that fell off a car.
What caliber was it?

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