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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by BigRedUSMC, Jun 13, 2013.
I'm really thinking about getting one... Anyone else have one?
I've had one for a few years, I highly recommend getting one, but they aren't cheap anymore, I gave $600 for mine iirc. I would expect about $800 for the same rifle now.
One of the most fun firearms to shoot in the world. I even hunt with mine also
Absolutely get one!
Disagree, get 2. Piece of history and a blast to shoot.
I really enjoy shooting mine.
Watch for wielded actions many have been cut under Clinton then wielded,make sure all part numbers match,good luck!
May be best to purchase through CMP to avoid the issues Hank mentions. You get an inspected Garand right out of the box so to speak. Just depends on price point for matching numbers, etc.
CMP is definitely way to go. I have 3 I bought through them and all 3 are awesome
I like mine, it's just a Winchester mutt assembled during
1943, in the height of the action. But it's one of my favorite
rifles. I guess there's something about a 30.06 semi with
good iron sights. Boo-yah!
I've sold all mine, but was really into Garands, big time. Caught the bug bad.
Loved 'em. Enjoyed 'em. Sold 'em for ridiculously high profit on each one.
They are great rifles and every shooter owes it to him/herself to spend time on a Garand.
That's a good way of putting it. It IS a serviceable military-level semi-auto 30-06, isn't it?
As with all things guns, there are always going to be people out there who enjoy collecting a certain type of firearm, and love researching each and every single part, trying to determine where, precisely, and when, precisely, it was made. The pinnacle of Garand collecting is finding a truly unissued WWII era Garand. I bought several of my Garands from a guy who had ascended to the very top of the Garand collecting mountain and actually acquired genuinely unissued, still in original factory wrap, Garands.
But you know, unlike some of the total jerks you run across on mil surp forums and the CMP forum, this guy was NOT one of those people who try to make you feel stupid or bad because you can't say, "Every single part on this rifle is original or 'correct.' "
Because he actually knew enough about the history of the M1 Garand and how they were actually used in theaters of operation during WWII to understand that the overwhelmingly vast majority of Garands that actually saw real use on a real battlefield were taken back into the arsenal for maintenance, repair, upkeep.
So, one could make a good argument that the "most" authentic or "most real" Garand is the old battle horse that has parts from all over the place...that is a sign it was actually used by brave men to destroy and defeat the powers of totalitarianism and fascism.
Here endeth the sermon.
I have to admit that this numbers thing was something I had to give up when I got into Garands. You soon realize that this rifle is not about matching numbers. Sure, you might find the rare un-issued Garand that seems to match up but it could also be the product of someone doing an extensive parts search to find all the correct lot numbers, heat numbers etc and turned it into what the books would call a "numbers matching" Garand. I just don't trust those guns though I'm sure some exist. With a Garand it's all about shooting. Does it lock up tight? How does it cycle? And does it shoot reasonable straight. If it does, you've got your self one great rifle. Numbers matching or not, it's a great rifle and you will be glad you got it. I took mine out the other day to fire form some 30-06, old
military stuff, Greek I think, and just aimed at the 500 yard target for fun, did pretty well. Iron sights, probably some of the best ever made. And I'm an old guy, can't see that well anymore, but scared that 500 yard target into
moving out of the way of my rounds. So, get one, forget about the numbers, check it's function and have the best time you'll have shooting an old military hero.
Just reading that, it didn't come out right... I don't recommend shooting old an old military hero. Just their rifle.
Got to pay more attention to what I say. My wife agrees.
LOL! Well if you gotta go by firing squad, a Garand would be a good choice.
I think I'm going to get one through CMP, great prices in comparison
If you're reasonably close to one of the two stores, you'll get it a lot faster by going in person. Call first to make sure they have generally what you're looking for in house. Otherwise I'm hearing the wait can be 3-6 months. Don't know how accurate that is, but that's was they were saying at a recent CMP match. I'm hoping to get over to Camp Perry myself in the next few weeks making it a long day trip and pick one up.
Got four of them and love them all.