Going to get an M1 Garand but which one?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Garadex, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    So I'm going to be getting a Garand from the CMP. After looking at what they have I have decided on either the service grade or the CMP Special. I would prefer to get the service grade as it has original parts but I want to know about how much accuracy could I expect from it? If it's within 4 MOA I would be happy but if it is much more than that I would prefer to pay more for the CMP special.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    IMHO, pay extra for the better rifle, you only regret it once.

    If you get the less expensive one, you may be happy the moment

    you make the deal, but regret it for years afterward.


    But I'm given to understand CMP usually under-promises,

    and over delivers. I've seen some fine Garands from CMP

    which were purchased as "service grade".
     

  3. xring3

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    I have purchased field and service grade and have never been disappointed on ether grade. You will probably need to do some stock work on the field grade but nothing drastic. MHO
     
  4. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    CMP Garands are no longer available. The last CMP bulletin said the inventory has been depleted.:(
     
  5. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Well their website says they still have stock so I'm more inclined to believe that. Also on my main question would it be unreasonable to expect 4 moa from the service grad?
     
  6. samnev

    samnev New Member

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    It all depends on the condition of the barrel. If you get a decent barrel on your M1 it should be capable of 3 MOA with US service ball.

    I also just looked at the CMP site and some grades are sold out a Springfield M1's in general are not in stock IIRC. However they still have other makers in stock. But it may be a while before an order is processed. I believe it said they were back logged with 2000 orders.
     
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  7. randy420

    randy420 New Member

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    I understand most people would want an m1 that has been refurbished and restored to ensure present and future reliability. If I ever get one, I don't want a brand new m1. I want one that looks like the guy just turned it back in after his enlistment period ended. I want one that has been through hell. I don't care what they have to do to it to make it safe to shoot from a internal and mechanical standpoint but leave the exterior alone.
     
  8. JWagner

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    CMP sent out an update on 26 July that said they have no guns to sell at this time. They do have lots of M1's still in crates that need to be opened up. Here is the first part of the message:

    MANY M1 GARAND OPTIONS - SOLD OUT. As most of our customers and competitors know, this year has seen a nationwide unprecedented purchasing of firearms and ammunition. The panic buying, along with the increased popularity of the M1 Garand has impacted significantly on the CMP. Our store racks are bare and our M1 Garand ready to ship inventory of several grades and manufacturers has been wiped out and the waiting list (backorders) for some items exceeds 2,000 orders. As a result, we have stopped accepting orders for several grades and manufacturers. Please see http://www.thecmp.org/Sales/m1garand.htm for additional information.
     
  9. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Thanks for the info. The one I'm planning on getting is still in stock for now so no problem for me.
     
  10. Orlando

    Orlando New Member

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    Wrong, you need to read the e-mail again. Most Garands sold out in Stores and some grades sold out mail order but still good grades Garands available mail order


    To the OP, I suggest the $625 Service Grade and all the ammo you can afford
     
  11. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    As said above, I've heard CMP usually under-grades their rifles, and you may get a better one than you've ordered. One of their $600 M1 Garands is HIGH on my list of guns to get.
     
  12. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Get the highest grade M1 you can afford.

    Get a high quality M1907 sling for it. Get the wax needed to maintain the sling. I've been impressed with my Turner Saddlery sling.

    A well built M1 is a fantastic rifle, or at least mine is, and of all the rifles I own, it's the most fun to shoot. I purchased my rifle with a Krieger Criterion chrome lined barrel. Don't fall in love with the metal and the wood, fall in love with the rifle. Some modern parts are built better than the originals. The barrels would fall into that category.

    Hope you have plenty of money for ammo. It's expensive.
     
  13. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    1) I can afford any of them it is just a matter of saving enough cash.

    2) I want the gun to be accurate enough for my use and it looks like the service grade will be and is also the cheapest available.

    3) enough to afford my shooting wants and needs.

    Also thanks to everyone for their advice.
     
  14. randy420

    randy420 New Member

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    I found one in excellent condition at Cabela's in Dundee, Michigan. It's in the gun library and they want $1,200 for it.
     
  15. Orlando

    Orlando New Member

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    If just a shooter and not a collector rifle, that is double of what you would pay at CMP
     
  16. randy420

    randy420 New Member

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    It's better than gunbroker's
     
  17. blitzen25cat

    blitzen25cat New Member

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    I would go with the service grade...Back in 1982 I got M1 Garand from the DCM which preceded the CMP. There were no grades...just the luck of the draw. Mine is a SA from 1943 which I would grade as service grade by today's standards. It was refurbished sometime after the war at a plant in California. Mine cost a whopping $149.00. A very nice and accurate old timer. Also got a Saginaw M1 carbine from the CMP..service grade several years ago with no problems. Here's a few pics of both rifles. Regards Dick
     

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  18. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Im still waiting for all those IHC M1's the CMP was suppose to start selling like two years ago........ :( :mad: What the hell ever happened with those??? :confused:
     
  19. Orlando

    Orlando New Member

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    Panic buyers have them swamped. They cant keep up with regular orders so they wont be released until they are.