M1 Garand: Making one cheaper?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by BigSe63xy, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. BigSe63xy

    BigSe63xy New Member

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    Please excuse my noobie-ness. I'm still in the learning phase. But I was wondering if I were to buy M1 Garand parts and assemble it myself, would I save money doing so? Is that even possible? I really short on cash right now, (College Student) but I want to at least get my feet in the water. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    You can get a field grade M1 from the CMP for $495. A lot cheaper than putting one together yourself unless you can find parts really cheap.

    Here are the requirements to purchase from the CMP.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Unless you found a hell of a buy on parts at a yard sale/ flea market, ALL of the parts will cost you more than a CMP rifle. Also please note these are NOT "insert tab A into slot B" assemblies- things like barrel vises, action wrenches, headspace guages- and why are my sights on the left side of the barrel????

    There is a popular Remington .22 rifle- the Model 550- that has been out of production for some time. I see on line auctions for parts for those- and I could buy 5 complete rifles for the "parts" price of one parted out rifle.
     
  4. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    Is there a reason you're sold on this rifle? There are cheaper ones to be had if you're new to shooting.

    As the others said, parts for this thing can creep up to the ridiculous line, and then jump over it, pricewise.
     
  5. gandog56

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    Do I need another reason than it's an American classic that helped us to win WWII?
     
  6. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Enough said. Good luck. I hope you find one at a good price.
     
  7. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    The Garand also held the line against a million screaming Chinese in Korea!
    I have also seen pictures of ARVN soldiers training with the Garand (true, the rifle was as big as the soldier:eek:).
     
  8. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    No Sir, you do not. The M1 is more than "Iconic."

    General Patton said, "The M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised".

    Pity he did not live long enough to see an M14.
     
  9. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    Settle down, settle down, it's a fine choice, just didn't know the OP's experience.
     
  10. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

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    Only Cause them Damn Ruskies Kilt him
     
  11. BigSe63xy

    BigSe63xy New Member

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    Lol. Yeah. That's pretty much the same reasons I had to give. Plus I've always been interested in WWII and this is a way I can connect with history. It doesn't really seem real. It doesn't seem like that really happened because the only experience I've had with it first hand is from old war films.

    Plus, it's just a really awesome freakin' gun. Lol. ;)

    But I think I'm going to have to hold off on it for a while. I might get a Mosin Nagant in the mean time though.
     
  12. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    they are going for 429.00 @ S.O.G. ....if you can catch them when theyre in stock...good luck
     
  13. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    I was gonna suggest the Mosin, you can get one plus ammo for the price of an authentic M1 bayonet.:eek:
     
  14. blackwinch

    blackwinch New Member

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    If I were you I'd save my sheckles , not buy the Mosin Nagant, and get a Garand from the CMP or other reasonably priced outlet...
    Building a rifle from parts can be fun but, remember there are specialized tools that you would need, ie. barrel wrench, head space gauges etc. and then where do you go if your barrel/bolt combination don't headspace properly...
    If a project is what your looking for you would be better off looking at building an AR15 to your liking.
    You could buy whatever complete upper you want from whatever manufacture you'd like and put together a lower to your liking.
    You probably won't save any money either way but, if your looking for the satisfaction of putting one together they are pretty simple little buggers.
     
  15. wjkuleck

    wjkuleck Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    For those interested in how to build a Garand, whether or not one actually builds an M1, may I modestly suggest acquiring a copy of The M1 Garand Complete Assembly Guide?

    Regards,

    Walt
     
  16. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Holy smokes! Welcome aboard, Walt.

    For those who are not familiar, Walt is a legend in the M14/M1Garand world (among others).