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Posted: 2/27/2007 6:27:38 AM EST
...change one thing on the M1 Garand Rifle working on it in the testing with Mr. Garand, what change would you make to this new weapon system. There are two (2) rules that you must go by. One NO DETACHABLE MAG. The second rule is it must remain as a SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE only. Follow those and see what you would come up with.

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Link Posted: 2/27/2007 6:40:16 AM EST
I love the old wood on the rifle, but for a combat rifle I'd like to see a modern synthetic stock.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 6:46:05 AM EST
well not a thing really...but if I had to say one thing I'd agree in saying a synthetic stock. Wood is nice but has it's problems, warping, cracking, rotting, ect. Synthetics are a little more durable and lighter as well. Then again at the time the garand was introduced as a weapon, synthetic stocks probably weren't available and if they were they probably weren't nearly as durable or as cheap.

Link Posted: 2/27/2007 7:10:13 AM EST
If not a synthetic stock, then laminated.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 7:21:55 AM EST
Other than the stock, I can't think of much else in his design that I would change. For a semi-auto .30-06 it doesn't get a hell of a lot better in my eyes.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 7:22:35 AM EST
Shorten and straighten the op-rod.
This would also mean relocating the gas port, using a different op-rod spring, and changing the gas cylinder.

Since the M1 originally had NO gas port and used a gas-trap system at the muzzle this would have meant a much more extensive redesign, closely resembling the M1a. Since the starting point was the gas-trap design and not the gas port design, this would have meant a re-design and not a modification.

Link Posted: 2/27/2007 9:16:36 AM EST

Shorten BBL to 18in, straighten OpRod and use BM59 type gas cylinder.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 10:29:10 AM EST
Well, since yo took detachable mags off the table..........I cannot think of a single thing.

As was stated earlier, the Garand is a pretty good design.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 10:31:07 AM EST
M14-style synthetic stock.

Detachable mag!
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 10:38:06 AM EST
Chrome lined bore and chamber. Short stroke gas system. 10 round capacity fed by stripper clips.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 3:30:38 PM EST
I would make the gas system less sensitive to port pressure so a wider variety of ammo could be used.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 5:57:37 PM EST
Shouldn't this be limited to technology available in 1936?
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 6:03:38 PM EST
What a stupid question . Its the best , a rifle mans rifle . Perfect in every way .

This is just plain sedation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 2/28/2007 2:23:06 AM EST
The only change I would entertain would be to get rid of the clip, go with a stripper clip type feed and make the rifle work without a clip.
Link Posted: 2/28/2007 6:20:31 AM EST
add a flash supressor. ever try to shoot an M1 at night?
Link Posted: 2/28/2007 7:58:46 AM EST
Some great comebacks. I said NO Detachable Mag. I would have setup a 20 round mag that was NOT Detachable but like the Garand's son the M14 loading from a stripper clip. For ready load and toping off you mag.
Thanks again guys some great input.
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