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fstkmaro 03-30-2012 03:03 AM

M1 Garand, what to look for?
Hello all, I just joined and I am very exited by the information found in this forum.
I just recently acquired a M1 Garand rifle. Cosmetically looks to be in very good condition. The receiver and trigger assembly look brand new.
Anyways, I have not yet fired it, the previous owner indicated that he had fired it not long ago. I wanted to know if there are any suggestions on what to inspect before I take it to the range and fire with it.
This is definitely my first rifle and had been looking for one for a while.

Thank you very much in advance for any help.

Durangokid 03-30-2012 03:39 AM

The M1 Garand is a fine rifle. They are very dependable and accurate if you have a good barrel. You can find M1 Garand manuals at most gun shows, get one. These rifles are over 70 years old in most cases. I don't fire modern sporting loads with bullets that are over 150 grs in weight. The Op-Rods in an M1 can fail from using heavy bulleted loads. This can be a very expensive mistake. good luck.:)

racingfanatic 03-30-2012 08:33 AM

+1 to what durango said i personally only fire older military ammo in mine with m2 ball its not hard to find at most gun shows for 10-13 for a box of 20 btw congrats there awesome rifles

locutus 03-30-2012 02:58 PM

The M-1 also has a " low pressure" gas system, with the gas port near the muzzle. If handloading, remember to use no powder slower than IMR 4320 to avoid over pressure at the gas port.

IMR 4895 and 150 or 165 grain bullets are ideal. In a good barrel, the Sierra 165 Match King HP can give you incredible accuracy.

flyspooky 03-30-2012 10:12 PM

I thought I'd read before that you shouldn't shoot bullets heavier than 150 grains thru the Garand. Are the 165g Sierras Grand-safe (I.e. no bent op-rod)?

Paperpuncher 03-31-2012 02:39 AM

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My son just picked up this beaut, what a nice looking gun.

TinCan 03-31-2012 02:42 AM

Has anyone picked up one of those CMP specials with the new barrels and stocks?

JonM 03-31-2012 02:43 AM


Originally Posted by flyspooky (Post 756955)
I thought I'd read before that you shouldn't shoot bullets heavier than 150 grains thru the Garand. Are the 165g Sierras Grand-safe (I.e. no bent op-rod)?

yes but only if you follow garand safe load data for those bullets. if you have an adjustable gas plug you can shoot heavier loads.

fstkmaro 03-31-2012 05:36 AM

Thanks all for the good suggestions. All the ammo that I have is 150gr and a good amount of it is military surplus. I can't wait to try and shoot this thing. As I mentioned, it appears that the trigger module and the top part (receiver I guess) had been replaced and appear brand new.
I love the weight of the rifle and how solid it feels. I saw some being shot at a CMP match and realized I had to have one. This one needs attention on the finish of the wood to make it more appealing cosmetically. I have read plenty about the garand. A good rifle with lots of history.
I will try to post pictures later.


racingfanatic 03-31-2012 11:49 AM

You can either put it on here or pm the serial number on the reciever and i can give you the month it was made

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