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Old 09-19-2011, 10:58 PM   #41
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A:kill him before he gets that close
B:Reload
C:Sidearm
D:Take off running
E:hand to hand combat


Pick one

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This is the original poster here, who asked the question.

I definitely decided I want an M1 Garand! It is hard to get better iron sights and the round is great!

However, I don't have $900-1200 for a high-quality rifle and another $500 for an ammo hoard. YET...

I do, however, have a Mossberg 12-gauge. So for right now, I am going to make due with a high-quality red-dot sight (I'm thinking Nikon FastFireII) on my Mossberg and load up with 1oz. rifled slugs. Within 75yards I will get really high-quality knock-down ballistics. Anything longer and I still have my scoped AR-15.

When my budget gets in the $1500 range I'll pick up a Garand, 2500 150gr. PSP rounds, and 100 en-bloc clips.

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Well... how high quality are you talking about? The CMP sells field grade for $5-600.

"FIELD GRADE: (Fair to Good)
Field Grade Rifles. Most of these rifles have been refinished or rebuilt at least once while in military service and will likely have some parts from other manufacturers. Fair to good condition. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the finish; there may be some minor pitting on the metal parts; wood will be basically sound but may be well used with minor hairline cracks, and many dings, scratches and gouges; wood may not match in color, type of wood or condition. These rifles may have some foreign parts and wood may be Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety. Rifles do not have import marks. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections; the barrel crown may be nicked, and the muzzle may gauge more than “3” on muzzle gauge. The Throat Erosion will gauge less than 5 – well within US Army standards. Do not expect rifles in mint condition in this grade.
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You can get a service grade rifle for $895.

"SERVICE GRADE: (Good to Very Good)
Service Grade Rifles show less wear and better appearance than Field or Rack Grades. Good to very good condition. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the parkerized finish. There may be some minor pitting on the metal parts. Wood will be either Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety and will be basically sound but may have minor hairline cracks, dings, scratches and gouges. Wood may not match in color or type of wood. Wood may be of new production on Service Grade Garands. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections. The barrel crown may be nicked, but the muzzle will gauge "3 or less" and the throat erosion will gauge less than 5.
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Of course the ammo wait is six months.........

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When I decide to buy something, I either buy RIGHT NOW the cheapest that'll get the job done...OR...decide to save and buy the best.

I don't want fair grade. I want the best quality shooter I can find. I don't need collector's grade, though. That's why $1100 is my target...even at CMP.

Unfortunately, in my area, the only clubs that are CMP-affiliated cost too much to make it worth my while just for the Garand. I'll need to go into the general market.

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A:kill him before he gets that close
B:Reload
C:Sidearm
D:Take off running
E:hand to hand combat


Pick one
Yeah, see, with an M44 you never switch weapons:
A: Reload(stripper clips)
B: Stab repeatedly(built-in Bayonet)
C: Bash, slam and crush

D: Don't run, you'll only die tired...
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Unfortunately, in my area, the only clubs that are CMP-affiliated cost too much to make it worth my while just for the Garand. I'll need to go into the general market.
Garand Collectors Association is $25 per year. Info about the rifle and CMP approved for purchasing requirements.....
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This is the original poster here, who asked the question.

I definitely decided I want an M1 Garand! It is hard to get better iron sights and the round is great!
Just don't try to feed it commercial 30-06 ammo. You'll be hitting up the gun shows regularly to feed it as I rarely see the Garand round in shops.
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Ahhh! I remember well the M14 and later M16!
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Just don't try to feed it commercial 30-06 ammo. You'll be hitting up the gun shows regularly to feed it as I rarely see the Garand round in shops.
Nope. 150gr standard pressure rounds and I should be fine. Anyway, I'd probably be firing soft points, which weren't the priginal plan for Garands, either. I still think I'd be fine.

Garand owners, let me know if I'm wrong, but I think this is a an urban legend that the Garand requires something really special.
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Nope. 150gr standard pressure rounds and I should be fine. Anyway, I'd probably be firing soft points, which weren't the priginal plan for Garands, either. I still think I'd be fine.

Garand owners, let me know if I'm wrong, but I think this is a an urban legend that the Garand requires something really special.
There are gas plugs with a valve attached.(see Shuster Plug)

At around $40.00. With some tweaking, you can fire pretty much any

factory load without damaging your gas rod, or internals.

Yeah, my M1 Garand is great, love the sights, HATE paying $1.35 per round...

...to fire one clip costs over ten bucks!
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