I recently sold my DCM WWII Garand. I had spent years and lots of mulla restoring it and building that magnificent rifle into an ever more accurate long range hitter. (The only thing I left original was the beaten up stock; but, I did clean it up, considerably, and refinished it to government specification.)
You know what? I really miss that beautiful rifle! I'm getting older; and, it was starting to become a chore for my old bones to absorb that sort of recoil; but, I got 'a tell you: It was a really great, 'tank of a rifle'! Strong enough to use as a baseball bat, substantial enough to handle ANY 30-06 round, and accurate enough to reach out and touch someone at 6 to 900 yards. In fact, the Garand is a rifle whose inherent accuracy easily exceeds a typical shooter's ability to perform!
When I got it there, were dark red stains on the stock; something had actually soaked into the wood. I steamed a lot of it out; but, a little still remained. I glass-bedded the action, and laboriously applied multiple coats of cold-pressed linseed oil - hand-rubbing the wood between coats - until the finish took on a deep subtle shine. Then, I had the best Garand mechanic in Pennsylvania give it a nice clean 5.6# trigger. (About as low as you can go on the Garand without causing other problems.) Everyone who shot it said the same thing - That I had the best Garand trigger they'd ever tried.
I installed a new stainless steel op rod and spring; but, I kept the original parts and passed them along to the purchaser. That rifle even had a brand new, hand-oiled regulation leather sling from Turner Leather Co., hooded and interchangeable front sight blades, and a precision rear peep sight.
Like I said, I really miss that Garand. On the plus side, it went to a CMP match shooter who paid top dollar for it, and really appreciated what he was getting. Funny, but, I wanted that rifle to pass to someone who would take good care of it.
Sometimes, getting old really stinks! It may be trite; it may be stale; but, yes, the M-1 Garand battle rifle probably is, 'the greatest battle implement ever invented'. It is an excellent battlefield pike - THE bayonet weapon by which all others may be judged. It is a phenomenal long range hitter; AND all of this accuracy, also, comes from a semiautomatic rifle!
Who cares that it only holds 8 rounds or goes, 'klankity-klank' when it shoots dry and flips an en bloc clip. There's an art to loading those clips, anyway! (Ever hear of, 'Garand thumb' - Ouch!) Even today few combatants would live long enough to run up on a squad armed with these excellent rifles; and if an attacker did he'd, probably, be immediately skewered, or his skull would be bashed in. (Try that with an M-4!)