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.
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.
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.
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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.