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Old 03-10-2009, 04:53 AM   #1
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So a friend offered me a Springfield armory M1 Garand for $600. The wood is in Excellent to near perfect condition, and the metal has little wear (90-95%). It has apparently been re-barreled, and fires fine.

It is from around 1947 (according to the serial number) and was never issued nor seen combat.

I was wondering what you guys think. It seems like a good deal from the research I've done. I've really never shot a M1 Garand before, so i'm wondering what to expect (accuracy, potential problems, and etc).

Also how useful would this be as a SHTF type rifle (how about compared to the M14, AR-15, and Ak-47)? What are your general opinions on it?

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Old 03-10-2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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$600.00 ? Buy it! May not be an AK or AR or M-14/M1A. But it's a 30-06. Meat on the table! And fun to shoot.

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Well, it's older, heavier, and shoots a round that will blow through anything you'd care to aim at that offers harm to you. However, surplus ammo is plentiful and it's well cared for in vacuum packed spam cans.

It's much more likely to take rough handling than modern day weapons. I think they also are great for buttstroking hippies, or putting a pointy on it to skewer the unfortunate one who tries to take things from you. I don't see that it's all that disadvantageous to have only an eight round capacity. It's fast and easy to load.

$600 is a great price for a USGI surplus Garand. You should be making arrangements to buy it at once....

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If you don't want it, I'll take it for six bills.

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I'll give you seven. Mine is a 1954 and by far one of my favorite firearms to shoot. I load 48 grs of 4064 and use a 168 gr Sierra Match King bullet. I have shot CMP matches with it and had a blast.

Was at a gun show last weekend and seen some real dogs going for a grand. Any decent Garand for $600.00 is a steal. If AWB goes through I would guess that Garands would fall into that category, so you better buy now, just in case.

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Well I hope Im not raining on your parade but hear goes. First off, if it was never issued or saw combat is a shame as these features add caractor. Second if it was never issued or used why did it have to be rebarreled? Without seeing it I would venture to quess it is an arsenal rebuild after Korea and put into storage. After both wars the government would completely rebuild their rifles and put them in storage. They would rebarrel if nessasary, reparkerise, and usually install a new stock then pack in cosmoline and put into storage. Sound familiar? The government was in short supply of M1's in Korea so doubt if one escaped use.I am not disparaging your M1, they are great arms and $600 is a steal. TAKE IT AND RUN

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Five words for you: don't hesitate, buy it immediately!

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I'll give you seven. Mine is a 1954 and by far one of my favorite firearms to shoot. I load 48 grs of 4064 and use a 168 gr Sierra Match King bullet. I have shot CMP matches with it and had a blast.

Was at a gun show last weekend and seen some real dogs going for a grand. Any decent Garand for $600.00 is a steal. If AWB goes through I would guess that Garands would fall into that category, so you better buy now, just in case.
Detachable magazine: nope
Pistol grip: nope

Without those 2 things, nothing else can qualify it as an SUR. Besides, they're 3 miles long and weigh half a ton. To classify a Garand as an SUR would be like classifying a 79 Cadillac as a race car.
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Detachable magazine: nope
Pistol grip: nope

Without those 2 things, nothing else can qualify it as an SUR. Besides, they're 3 miles long and weigh half a ton. To classify a Garand as an SUR would be like classifying a 79 Cadillac as a race car.
Except for this little gem:

"(L) A semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General. In making the determination, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military or any Federal law enforcement agency is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, and a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event.'."

Sounds like the Garand is covered here....
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