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Old December 3rd, 2016, 09:54 AM   #1
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Question Found a WRA Garand - Should I Buy?

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This is not a "what is it worth post" but instead, is what he offered a good deal post. A friend has finally decided to sell me his WRA I have been asking him about for about 10 years now. I went and looked at it today. Everything looks good and MOST parts are WRA with a few mix and match. He asked 1200 for the rifle. With my current knowledge it looked good to me. Didn't have a way to gauge throat or muzzle, but inside looked good. He said he ordered is for (ready for this? lol - $169 in 1984) from the CMP. He has had it since then. Think this is a good deal? Also can anyone tell me year of manufacture by serial number? Serial is 12708XX. Thanks.

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I guess it just depends on how important the name is to you. It's a mix master Garand which might be in service grade condition.... and other mix masters go for around $800 from the CMP, when they have some in stock.

If you are finishing out your collection and only need a Winchester to do it, then hey, it might be worth the price to you. A bit of research on the CMP forums is probably in order though. Winchesters do tend to command higher prices than a your run of the mill Springfield or HRA so with all that said.

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If the main parts are all WRA like the Barrel a WW2 or is it a 1960's dated WRA re-barrel ?
Trigger group, how much is WRA ? Op rod and bolt and gas cylinder ? You would hit a home run if the stock is WW2 WRA.
If the above parts save for the stock that's a good deal With a WRA stock a really good deal.
You can slowly acquire all the small parts fairly easy.
Years ago a friend who knew zero, bought a supposedly WRA Garand. He later showed it to me. The only part that was WRA was the receiver which was electro engraved on the leg as a 60's rebuild and had a Red River Arsenal stamp on the butt stock.

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If the main parts are all WRA like the Barrel a WW2 or is it a 1960's dated WRA re-barrel ?
Trigger group, how much is WRA ? Op rod and bolt and gas cylinder ? You would hit a home run if the stock is WW2 WRA.
If the above parts save for the stock that's a good deal With a WRA stock a really good deal.
You can slowly acquire all the small parts fairly easy.
Years ago a friend who knew zero, bought a supposedly WRA Garand. He later showed it to me. The only part that was WRA was the receiver which was electro engraved on the leg as a 60's rebuild and had a Red River Arsenal stamp on the butt stock.
This ^^^^.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 10:33 AM   #6
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If it has an original WWII Winchester barrel and the heal logo is nice and crisp its a fair deal. If it has a Winchester marked stock its a very good deal. If the barrel is a replacement and the heal logo is not crisp not a great deal in my opinion.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 12:24 PM   #8
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You need to check a couple of major parts
Original WRA barrels( not WRA replacement), WRAstocks and WRA uncut op rods bring a premium . If any of these parts are on the rifle it definatly raises the value

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 01:21 PM   #9
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Do some research before plunking down that much for it.
Not all deals among friends are "deals".

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 02:17 PM   #10
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tom byrne cmp forum ,garandfather@gmail.com, for winny parts

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Hey Sapp, it's great to see you back here. We missed you.
If I was looking to buy a nice Winchester, I'd be all over that one. And it might mean a lot more for you knowing the rifle was bought from the old DCM program by a good friend of yours!!!

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Hard to know without pictures and gageing of barrel.
$1200 for WRA Garand sounds suspiciously low however.
If I was buying from someone I didn't know I would be looking for a welded receiver.

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A CMP Special can be had for $1030 currently...

Here's the thing I've learned about gun buying in general, guns as an investment have never panned out well for me when it came time to sell or trade, so I don't look at it that way much anymore, I buy them simply because I want to shoot & keep it, and $1200 would buy a lot of Garand today if you look around, also unless that WRA has a lot of it's original parts as some have pointed out, then it's a mix-master, most of them today have been through 2-3 overhauls. Really comes down to what it's worth to you and what you want to do with it...

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Old December 6th, 2016, 07:47 AM   #14
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A CMP Special can be had for $1030 currently...

Here's the thing I've learned about gun buying in general, guns as an investment have never panned out well for me when it came time to sell or trade, so I don't look at it that way much anymore, I buy them simply because I want to shoot & keep it, and $1200 would buy a lot of Garand today if you look around, also unless that WRA has a lot of it's original parts as some have pointed out, then it's a mix-master, most of them today have been through 2-3 overhauls. Really comes down to what it's worth to you and what you want to do with it...
I agree completely with your assessment in regards to firearm as investment, but the cmp special wra is a reparked that is of very little interest to collectors. If the OP is buying a wra in original finish, maybe even a win-13, then $1200 is not a bad price... Just my 2 cents.

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Old December 6th, 2016, 06:17 PM   #15
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I got my WRA through the DCM back in early 1990 or 91 I think? Either way, the deal isn't great, but not a rip-off. So you spend a few bucks more for the name and original GI stock instead of a re-barrel with a Dupage/Boyd copy....your choice isn't bad either way, right?

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