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!