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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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M1 Garand

Just wanted to share my recent pick up. Been wanting one for quite some time and sometimes the stars align. Nice 1943 Springfield that was re-arsenaled in 54. WW2 period correct Springfield trigger group and a nicely patinaed H&R stock with the proper DOD stamp and sans serif proof "P". It's an amazing rifle that shoots like a dream. I only wish it could talk, the stories it could tell.
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Never owned one but I always enjoyed shooting at the range with the ones a friend has. Those were dead nuts on paper. Nice find and thank your lucky stars you found a good one!

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I own an M1 Garand

My Dad was a Korean War veteran and he left me his.
Tear down showed trigger group from 1942, Anniston Armory marks, and a Korean replacement barrel.
My Dad had an interesting take on pristine M1s.
1) They were weapons of WW2 and Korea, the battle weapons faced awful environmental conditions in Pacific Island Jungles, Korean and European theater winters. Tracer use burned barrels out easily within a year as cleaning and lubrication pales in the face of phosphorous destruction.
2) The really pretty M1s were probably not issued theater weapons. They are likely manufactured from select parts. So pretty isn't authentic in the weapons of war.

Anyway, I have thought of making it a showpiece, but it would be "George Washington's Axe, with the head only replaced twice, and the handle only replaced three times."
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My Dad was a Korean War veteran and he left me his.
Tear down showed trigger group from 1942, Anniston Armory marks, and a Korean replacement barrel.
My Dad had an interesting take on pristine M1s.
1) They were weapons of WW2 and Korea, the battle weapons faced awful environmental conditions in Pacific Island Jungles, Korean and European theater winters. Tracer use burned barrels out easily within a year as cleaning and lubrication pales in the face of phosphorous destruction.
2) The really pretty M1s were probably not issued theater weapons. They are likely manufactured from select parts. So pretty isn't authentic in the weapons of war.

Anyway, I have thought of making it a showpiece, but it would be "George Washington's Axe, with the head only replaced twice, and the handle only replaced three times."
True, they really didn't care about matching numbers or matching manufactures for that matter. It was pretty much strip 'em down, replace what needs to be, slap them back together and get them back in the hands of the guys that needed them. The only "correct" ones are in the Springfield museum. The best that we can hope for is period correct. Such a soft shooting rifle for a 30-06 and just a joy to shoot. I'm just happy to be a caretaker for this amazing piece of history.
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US Rifle, Caliber 30, M1. High School ROTC. We had M1's with no firing pins. They would still snap your thumb off if you were not careful.

That, and a 1911, are about the only guns I am interested in owning.

What was the acquisition process like?

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US Rifle, Caliber 30, M1. High School ROTC. We had M1's with no firing pins. They would still snap your thumb off if you were not careful.

That, and a 1911, are about the only guns I am interested in owning.

What was the acquisition process like?
I went through the CMP and it wasn't bad. You need to provide proof of citizenship (birth certificate and drivers license), proof of a firearms safety course (I used my CCW) or be active military or LEO, membership to an approved organization (I joined the Garand Collectors Association for $25) have some forms notarized and mail off your order with a check or credit card info. It sounds like a lot of legwork but honestly it took me about a half hour to compile what I needed. Lead time is about a month to process and ship orders currently and the best part is no FFL needed, they FedEx next day to your house because the background and NICS check is done through the CMP.


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Nice piece! Iím always on the lookout! I have a WW 2 bring back Mauser that works great. Amazing the craftsmanship in those weapons, and based on such an old yet proven design.

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Yeah I got the M1 thumb in jarhead ROTC several times , agree ONG , them are two I only care about also ..

I was wondering about CMP , I have never been a club member , so maybe I will join something like the Garand club to pick up so of the stuff they offer up ever so often ..
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