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Old April 19th, 2017, 10:39 AM   #1
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Do I NEED an M1 Garand?

Given what a nice one sells for these days, and assuming that doesn't change, I'm wondering whether the Garand deserves a spot in my limited firearms procurement budget.

I have a 1903A3, an M1A, a M1 Carbine, a Finnish M39, and a Kar 98K.

Given the US stuff I already have, is there really that large of a gap that a Garand is going to fill in my shooting "fun"? I'm not a collector. I just enjoy plinking and the hands-on history.

Mostly worried that my M1A is so similar in both form and function that the differences a Garand will bring me aren't worth the $ and I'd be better off with something significantly different like a Lee Enfield or maybe a Swiss K31, for roughly the same cost.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 10:43 AM   #2
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This is a rhetorical question, right?

'Cause of course one needs a Garand! And because it eats the same food as your 1903A3, it's not like you have to go and store up on yet another caliber.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 10:45 AM   #3
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One? Seriously? That is just the beginning...

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Old April 19th, 2017, 10:48 AM   #4
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I'd say yes, it is different than the 03, M39 and 98K & doesn't feel like a mule drop kicked you in the shoulder - it is the precursor to the M1A, but has a bit more recoil and is a very solid shooter - pricing is all over the map - there have been several on the CMP forum that have sold for <$1K and several that are well over $2k+ it all depends on what you want: a good basic shooter with a stock that's 'been there done that' or a collector queen seen twice a year for at dusting and RLO application.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 11:01 AM   #6
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Of course you need one. same ammo as your 03A3. Nothing feels or shoots like a Garand. And there is no other design anything like the enbloc feeding system. Very Unique weapon, The M14/M1A are very different.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 11:05 AM   #7
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To round out your 20th century US collection, yes. Terrific piece of history and you can get a legit USGI example.

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Yes! And get one from our rich uncle through the cmp!

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Do I NEED an M1 Garand?
hell yea,a 1903,1903a3,model of 1917,m1 carbine and a 1911.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 11:16 AM   #10
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Good grief, of course you do! I bought a Garand before I bought a M14. CMP model all the way.

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Of course you NEED a Garand, Every American should own at least one!

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Porkchopper Since you are asking the answer is yes!
and a Colt 1911-A1.
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No one has said this, but I'm man enough too because everyone else has tap danced around the subject... There is a special place in "HELL" for guys that don't own one.

There its been said and now is out in the open. Do you want your soul too burn in eternal damnation? I don't, so go out and find a nice one.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 11:38 AM   #15
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Of course, no man really needs a reason to buy another gun. As the old MTV slogan used to go, "Too Much Is Never Enough!"

Yet with money issues involved one should ask oneself why have any of TH
OSE guns. Sounds like you are getting classic battle rifles from WW-II/Cold War era.. With the M1A as a stand-in for a real M-14, there defiantly is a gap in the line up for a Garand of any make.

However, If you are a "prepper", then you need to re think in terms of modern tactical firearms. The M1A comes closest to a real-world tactical gun of those now in your safe.

Like the subject of motor oil, this is a subject that can take all day without resolution.

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