op rod ,garand
ok i need a new one, keep seeing used gi's, hell mine's a used gi, worn out, anybody have a line on some new ones, or atleast unissued, thanks
You can get your op rod rebuilt soup to nuts reasonably cheaply––tab, piston and bends. LINK...
Good as new––and maybe the patina will match better than on a replacement.
If you don't want to do that, I would go to the CMP website and the Jouster website and peruse their "for sale" sections.
You'll do better on there than on gunbroker.
thanks, looks like i'll be sending these off to columbus, have 2 winchester op rods, both out of spec, i dont like paper weights
2 Winchesters? Nice. Presumably you have 2 Winchester Garands, because if not, I'd say you could trade them for really fine op rods on the 2 websites I linked.
You should be able to trade one worn WRA Op Rod for two good SA Op Rods
A general guideline I use is to look for match marked rods, prefixed RA or SA. Even though they were match marked they were used as common replacement parts in the 1960's. Its fairly common to find them in new or like new condition. I love them for building up shooting Garands.
No one made NM parts for the sniper and match grade Garands. Specific "match" parts were instead hand picked that met certain standards and rifles were built from binned parts that either met those standards and/or interfaced with other parts to achieve certain standards (such as the fit of the gas cylinder lock to the barrel and gary cylinder).
What a match rod potentially gets you is a rod with a piston head that met specifications as well as a rod that was parallel in the proper places, and thus did not rub the rifle in the wrong places and put nay pressure on the barrel.
Of course, that was the condition of the rod the day it was selected and binned. What happened after that is hard to say and it may not be what it once was.
If the piston head is still within the match spec, then getting the rod rebuilt is a great way to go.