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Old April 20th, 2017, 10:54 AM   #46
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Of course you need a Garand and so do all gun owners! While you are at it, get a German G43 or a Belgian FN49 too!

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Old April 20th, 2017, 01:57 PM   #47
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I need one! Who's got a deal on some solid ones?

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Old April 20th, 2017, 04:43 PM   #48
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My M1 Garands are not just military surplus rifles.

At some point they were carried by young American GIs, maybe in combat. That young GI may, or may not, have made it home to his family safely. If he did, then most likely it was because of his M1 Garand. That M1, and his ability to use it, got him through a very bad time in history (whether WW2 or Korea) and saw him safely home.

Even if not carried in combat, the M1's were used to train those young GIs to shoot and to survive in combat.

Now, rather than be neglected and allowed to sit in the dark and rust away from neglect, mine have someone to keep them clean, keep them lubed, keep them ready to go back to what they were designed to do, and every now and then they get to go to the range and excel at shooting a high powered cartridge towards a paper target.

You might one to give one, or more, a good home, for a time, and keep them ready to pass on when you no longer can use them. I have already given M1's to both my sons and my nephew.

And that is the way I feel about my M1 Garands. My M1A is nice, but it has never been to the places the M1's have been. It has never been used for the purposes the M1's have been used for. It has never made an old man's eyes light up with recognition and memories of his younger, more dangerous times and the things he did, saw and the comrades he spent that time with. I've seen my wife's uncles' eyes light up when the see an M1, like they carried in Korea. I've seen my great uncle's eyes light up when he saw my M1, like the one he carried in Korea. I was younger and didn't have the M1's when I used to hear my dad's old friends, WW2 veterans (Marines) of the Pacific Campaigns, talk about the M1 and some of the things they did with them.

When I pick up one of my M1's I get a feeling I don't get from the M1A.

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Old April 20th, 2017, 05:31 PM   #49
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I concur with the poster above. As much as I enjoyed shooting the m1a, the Garand is always the granddaddy of mbr. Now i have my Garand in 308, it's like the best of both worlds.

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I shot a match years ago where you picked up a Garand and had to finish the match with it. That was the day I said I want one. So go shoot a buddies and have cash ready cause you'll want one I bet.

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Old April 21st, 2017, 03:06 AM   #51
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I shot a match years ago where you picked up a Garand and had to finish the match with it. That was the day I said I want one. So go shoot a buddies and have cash ready cause you'll want one I bet.
First, go shoot a '03 Springfield with a straight grip stock, then shoot the M1. You will be amazed at how much nicer the M1 feels. I love the '03 and like shooting them, but hands down, the M1 is a much more pleasant shooter!!!
Like I stated earlier, "buy, buy, buy"...

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Old April 21st, 2017, 06:47 AM   #52
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No I'm not a troll and not joking. I've never shot a Garand and don't have any friends who have one. I've looked at the CMP and come away with the impression that you pay a lot of money, wait six months, and maybe, just maybe get something you'll be pleased with. The Garands I see at the gun shows look like they've been pulled out of a tar pit and brought directly to the show. The prices are obscene.

I really don't care about the "provenance" of the gun or whether numbers match. Just looking for the experience, not the investment.

I do have a particular family of firearms that I'm passionate about and have multiple specimens of - the differences between each would be lost on the majority of people. Unfortunately, I can't afford to be obsessive with every model so multiple Garands are out. One would be plenty good for me.

You guys all obviously feel strongly that the experience is substantially different enough to include a Garand in the stable, so I will.

That said, should I wait for the rumored "Philippine Garands"? Given the rate that the CMP works at, are we talking years before they would hit the market?

I appreciate everyone's passionate replies and arguments!

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Old April 21st, 2017, 06:49 AM   #53
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Oh, also...

Dad carried one in Korea. He was a recoiless rifle team leader. The two observations I remember him making about the Garand are 1) It was heavy (I think he meant in comparison to the carbine which was an option for him, but he still chose the Garand) and 2) M1 Thumb.

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Old April 21st, 2017, 07:11 AM   #54
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I think the CMP is the best bet. The gunshows and dealers typically jack the prices up, and there are nobody to call if it don't run right.
I found a buddy a nice IHC at a LGS that was nice and priced right though, so keep your ear to the track. Also, you don't need special training to find a M1, you know what a sloppy weapon looks and feels like.
Happy huntin!

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Old April 21st, 2017, 08:35 AM   #55
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Old April 21st, 2017, 08:48 AM   #56
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Yeah it'll fit perfect in your collection even if you don't shoot it much.

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Old April 21st, 2017, 09:37 AM   #57
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Nothing like the ping man. Feeding it can get expensive (relative to your other calibers). So much history with it. As the grandson of a WWII vet, I feel honored to be able to be the care taker of one/few M1s until I pass them on.

One other thing, you could find one chambered in .308, that would put you down in the 50 cents a shot range for plinking.

Do it, worst comes to worst, you sell it, or buy a bigger safe :D

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Old April 21st, 2017, 10:05 AM   #58
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I suggest joining the GCA, Garand Collectors Association at http://thegca.org/

Then buy a Garand from the CMP.

I have 2 that I bought from them and have been pleased with both.

For ammo, I'd buy Prvi Partizan newly manufactured specifically for the M1.

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Old April 21st, 2017, 11:20 AM   #59
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I suggest joining the GCA, Garand Collectors Association at http://thegca.org/

Then buy a Garand from the CMP.

I have 2 that I bought from them and have been pleased with both.

For ammo, I'd buy Prvi Partizan newly manufactured specifically for the M1.
Thanks - I'm a concealed carry license holder, C&R FFL holder, and member of the VFW. Pretty sure one or more qualifies me to purchase from the CMP. Anniston is actually a half-day's drive for me and I have toyed with the idea of going up there. I can probably combine the trip with some business and write off the mileage.

I shoot the '03. I can't imagine that there is a battle rifle in existence that "feels" better. It's like a Samurai's katana. I haven't shot the Prvi Partisan 30-06 yet but have meant to pickup a box. I do shoot PP in the Makarov and Tokarev pistol calibers and have been VERY happy with it. Also, it's nice to see Serbia exporting something other than war criminals, so I support PP with my USD$.

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Old April 21st, 2017, 11:57 AM   #60
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Porkchopper, you may try your local papers - especially the weekly "trader" papers. Occasionally you may find a good deal on a weapon if you know what you are looking for / at. Divorces and tax payments can encourage sales of weapons that have nothing wrong with them - even some heirlooms. Sometimes true bargains show up at pawn shops. Catching an individual with a Garand on his way into a gun show can yield a bargain. "Do you need a Garand?" I think you "need" to not miss out on owning one. Good luck with your search. Educate yourself as much as possible before you buy as there are a lot of nuances in the many offerings that you will find.

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