This is a discussion on Pro's/Con's on The Garand Guy? within the Steel and Wood forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; Anyone have any experiance with the Garands he builds/sells?
His prices seem to be very good. Let me know what youve seen/heard. Thanks guys....
He is OK. His rifles are nice, but expensive. He once sold me a NM windage knob that broke and was nearly impossible to get off the rifle. He was not willing to give me another part. So.....I am finished doing business with him. Many other friends are quite happy with their dealings with him. He has an excellent selection of parts, but better prices and more knowledgeable folks can be found on the CMP forum.
Personally, I would get a service grade M1 through the CMP.
He is always at the local gunshows in Atlanta when held at the North Atlanta Trade Center.
You are talking about the Garand guy in Jersey? My bro in law bought one of his rebuilt garands. When he went to sight it in, in order to hold zero he had to have his rear sight all the way over to the right. SO I said next time he comes over to bring it and I will see what I can do. Went through it with a fine tooth comb. WHat I found was a spray painted oprod which was a poor job to begin with. amoungs other parts that needed to be parzerized as well. I noticed the action was canted in the stock which I thought might be the broblem. The lowerband pin was sticking out and gtetting hung up causing the stock to be tight on one side. So I thought we had it licked. Went to the range same thing rear sight all the way to the right. Tried my stock same thing. Loosend the gas lock same thing. The rifle came with a new criterion barrel. I gave my brother in law a list of things to have done and he called the garand guy. One of the things I told him to do was to get a Krieger heavy barrel installed. Tony did all the work to include reparking the parts that were spray painted and installed the heavy kriger barrel for 200 bucks. I know that criterion barrel was the cause all along. Low and behold he get the rebuilt rebuilt rifle to the range with the Krieger and with the rear sight the thing hits dead nuts center. He is happy the garand guy is happy and I am happy. Morale of the story! It helps to have a brother in law at your side when you go to buy your first garand and or gives you a list of stuff that is not correct on the rebuid and makes a coupleof phone calls for you. I have to say once I got tony on the phone he was most accomidating. He just said send it back and I will take care of it. Luckily he had one heavy Kreiger left in stock.
I bought a service grade special in january and it was so nice that I ordered a second which I recieved about a month ago. They appear to be unused rebuilds. There was no wear on any of the places where you would expect it and it comes with a brand new CMP stock. Probably as close as you will come to a new Garand and they are cheaper than most of the independent sellers. On both, the time from order to delivery was less than a month and it comes FEDEX right to your door.
I've got CMP Garands,but awhile back I decided to try a Super Premium Grade from Tony the Garand Guy.It came looking like it was made yesterday,a June 1943 receiver with a new .308 barrel,absolutely beautiful.Fairly accurate,but displayed vertical stringing and had an occasional short stroke.Called Tony up,and I thought he was going to cry.I sent it back,and he returned it within a week.Works great now,and it is my most accurate Garand,rivals the M1A's for accuracy.Tony is the real deal,a great guy to deal with.Matter of fact,I'm considering another one of his rifles.
Orion7 in my experience, would be a place to go to if you want a screwed up rifle, and a place that the owner will lie to you like a dog!
I guess we all have different experiences at different places. Mine with Orion 7 was pleasant maybe it helped that I was a walk in customer I don't know. But the work he did installing a heavy Krieger barrel and the final fit and finish blew the doors off the garand guys rifle my bro in law bought hands down. If it weren't for me scoping out the rifle he bought he would have just lived with the job he did because he did not know any better. Could be and I am not sure but I will ask that my bro in law bought a rack grade type rebuild rather than the premium type. Either way one would think the parts would be parkerized rather than spray painted with what look like high temp exhaust paint. Not to mention if the dude took it to the range to test fire it he would have seen it was a piss poor shooter. I'll give the guy the benifit of doubt and say maybe this one was the odd man out and that he does do good work but please!
This is the Garand Guy, Tony Giacobbe, of Rahway, NJ
I have read some of the complaints against me. Some are justified, some are not. I use all the gauges available to rebuild the M1's, but I have no place to test fire them because I live in a large urban area where there are no ranges.
I have ALWAYS answered all e-mails & phone calls- sometimes they both glitch & they do not go through. if I fail to answer yours, send it again.
82nd Airborne lifer stated that I sent his in-law an M1 with a painted op rod, and when he sent it back, I sent him another painted one. I have NEVER painted any garand parts, except the gas cylinders, which I did for a brief time in 1990.
I have been doing stainless steel blueing since that time. The parts referred to as painted were done with a strong chemical mix & they came out very dark. Again NO PAINTED PARTS.
Hammonje stated that I refused to replace a broken elevation pinion. I have no recollection of this, and I ALWAYS replace broken parts. He also stated that I am always at the Atlanta Gun Show when held at the North Atlanta Trade Center. I HAVE NEVER BEEN AT ANY GUN SHOW IN ATLANTA-EVER. He must have me confused with someone else. There was a person who also called himself the Garand Guy, & another the M1 Garand Guy, but they are not me.
I have rebuilt/restored/refurbished over 4,500 M1 Garands since 1989, so if these buyers would come foward with positive comments, I am sure they would by far outweight the complaints.
I give a 3-year limited warranty-if anyone has a problem, contact my immediately at my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 732-388-1962. Please be sure it is my product you are referring to.
Last edited by gman366; November 28th, 2014 at 06:42 AM.
I have purchased two rifles from Tony.
Both were very accurate and functioned perfectly.
My first one did have an issue and Tony immediately agreed to correct it.
My second with a Krieger barrel has been an incredible rifle. Over 1500 rounds and she still shoots with the best of them. Cleaned rapid prone this year at Perry (In the rain).
I'm going with what others have said. CMP all the way! I have purchased a Field grade a few years ago, when they were available. Absolutely no issues with the rifle. My Brother, uncle, and cousin purchased service grades. They are excellent and look better than mine. My Best friend purchased the CMP Special. Cripes that thing looks brand spanking new! They all shoot fantastic without issue. I honestly do not know why people choose to buy Garand's elsewhere.