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Posted: 10/24/2009 1:42:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2009 5:37:04 PM EST by SemperMO]
So my Grandpa died about 12 years ago, and he served in the Army in WW2. While I was at bingo with Grandma, she got to talking with me about the fact that Grandpa had a few guns that he wanted me to have. I had no idea that he owned any except for the .410 bolt action shotgun of his that I have. Grandma said that she wanted to wait until I got out of the Marine Corps before she gave them to me, kinda like a welcome home present, she doesnt have money, so I guess she figured it would work out, and let me tell you, it definately did!












So I've never owned any of these before, but do have about 150 rounds of 30-06 in enbloc clips that I was using for plinking ammo with my Rem. 700, but I guess that I am done shooting it for now, until I can order some more from the CMP. What do ya think?


ETA: They were all a little dirty, but I cleaned em up and they look pretty good, but the wood needs some work on all of them. The "tanker" is a Winchester, and the other three are all Springfields
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 2:03:51 PM EST
Thanks Gramps!
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 2:07:23 PM EST
3 Garands including a Tanker! Damn, you got a cool Grandmother.




Congrats!



Vulcan94
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 2:07:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2009 2:09:41 PM EST by SemperMO]
Originally Posted By NMwaterfowler:
Thanks Gramps!


Yeah, I wish I could, but I will just keep thanking grandma while I can

Originally Posted By Vulcan94:
3 Garands including a Tanker! Damn, you got a cool Grandmother.




Congrats!



Vulcan94


And an M14, I dont really use this word ever, but i am stoked, I finally have battle rifles
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 2:42:43 PM EST
*high five*
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 2:45:55 PM EST
Nice! I'm a little jealous
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 3:32:14 PM EST
Sorry about you loosing your G-pa.
On a happier note.....








SCORE!!
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 4:08:52 PM EST
I am very, very, very jealous !!! You have a great collection now.................
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 4:09:16 PM EST
Nice guns. Tell us more about the M14.
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 4:38:49 PM EST
nice! good luck gettin' ammo mail order from CMP. You'll have to take a drive out there NOW if you want to get any.......
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 4:56:13 PM EST
nice toes!!
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 5:38:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By panzersergeant:
Nice guns. Tell us more about the M14.


I dont really know anything about them, so what do you want to know?
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 5:38:39 PM EST
Two Lock-bars and one that has at least some NM parts.

Very nice!
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 5:48:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By Brazos:
Two Lock-bars and one that has at least some NM parts.

Very nice!


I'm confused, but if its good, yay. I need to do alot more reading in this sub forum I guess
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 6:26:17 PM EST
The bottom two rifles have Lock-bar rear sights (the bar on the right side, windage knob). These where only made during WW2 and are pretty pricing depending on whether they are type 1,2 or 3. I just paid $130 for a set of type 2's.

The top Garand appears to have a National Match rear sight. There may be more NM parts in there somewhere...
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 6:31:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2009 6:32:57 PM EST by Log]
Slant cut oprod on the tanker too, although it has been shortened.

What are the markings on the heel of the M14?

And I just noticed the middle Garand in the top pic has a no-trap buttplate. That is a VERY early part; what's the SN range on that rifle?
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 6:47:24 PM EST
Way to go!
It is obvious that Grand Pa and Grand Ma both loved you very much actions speak louder then words!
This is as good a time as any to warn you about an M-1 thumb. It is probably one of the most painful learning experiences one can have with a firearm.
If your not familiar with an M-1, best get someone or watch a video on youtube to show you how to safely handle this fine weapon, Again, a great treasure trove of historical weapons.
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 7:16:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By Log:
Slant cut oprod on the tanker too, although it has been shortened.

What are the markings on the heel of the M14?

And I just noticed the middle Garand in the top pic has a no-trap buttplate. That is a VERY early part; what's the SN range on that rifle?


The M1a is a 6xxx, top M1 is a 7,xxx,xxx, middle is 2,xxx,xxx, and the tanker is a 1,6xx,xxx
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 9:19:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2009 9:21:41 PM EST by builttoughf250]
wow, a pretty early M1A, a couple WW2 receiver Garands, and a 50's? built garand.

you have NO idea how lucky you are. well, just in value, about 3 grand, but the fact that those were your grandpas ROCKS!

my G'Pa was wounded REAL bad in WW2 and never got to bring anything home...


edit- if your Garand is a 7 million serial number..... that might be a big deal.... didnt they record the last M1's built to be in the high 6 million range ?
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 10:15:11 PM EST
Your Grandpa was an honorable man, you should be proud. Condolences on your loss.

Congrats on the rifles.
Link Posted: 10/24/2009 10:40:16 PM EST
I didn't know we could own M14, sweet. Now i have to find one .


Congrats, you lucky man.
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 1:00:44 AM EST
AWESOME!!!!
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 5:01:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By builttoughf250:
wow, a pretty early M1A, a couple WW2 receiver Garands, and a 50's? built garand.

you have NO idea how lucky you are. well, just in value, about 3 grand, but the fact that those were your grandpas ROCKS!

my G'Pa was wounded REAL bad in WW2 and never got to bring anything home...


edit- if your Garand is a 7 million serial number..... that might be a big deal.... didnt they record the last M1's built to be in the high 6 million range ?


The modern SA in IL started sn# range was 7,000,000, so it looks like that one is a modern M1 by SA Inc.

Link Posted: 10/25/2009 5:02:37 AM EST
Wow, instant collection!

Nice rifles, too!
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 5:25:58 AM EST
Very nice guns!
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 7:42:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2009 7:45:36 AM EST by SemperMO]
Originally Posted By Papi4baby:
I didn't know we could own M14, sweet. Now i have to find one .


Congrats, you lucky man.


M1a

Originally Posted By tep0583:
Wow, instant collection!

Nice rifles, too!


Yeah, and it works out, because I was looking at getting an M1 and a an M1a not too long ago, this just saved me a bunch of money and made me happy at the same time
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 5:01:10 PM EST
So, does one of the M1's have a solid buttplate without the door in it? If so, any numbers on the buttplate? Might have to take it off to find out.

The 7 million is a SA, Inc. cast receiver. Not collectible at all but it was your grandpa's so it has worth to you. The tanker, if a Winchester, is a WIN-13 which is very collectible. What are the barrel dates? The two normal M1's should have a barrel date under the oprod. Pull it back and you should see it on the right side. The Tanker may or may not have a barrel date, probably won't. What is the drawing number on the oprods? Take the stocks off and it will be on the flat part. Also, are there small radiused cuts on the oprod by the drawing number? Any cartouches on the left side of the stock? (SA over EMcF, GHS, GAW, NFR, SHM, JLG or WRA over GHD or EB)
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 5:17:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2009 5:18:53 PM EST by nukemmc]
The M1A and the top Garand (with the rusty buttplate -tsk tsk) appear to have 1/2moa rear apertures (aka - NM apertures)

Do the rear windage knobs have any markings to show they're NM? Should be just NM if they're 1moa windage knobs, or NM/2A if 1/2moa windage knob & base.

What is the barrel marking on the M1A and top Garand? Did you check if any of the Garands were 308/7.62 instead of 30-06?
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 5:49:44 PM EST
those are awesome. cherish them. never sell them.
Link Posted: 10/25/2009 9:14:43 PM EST
Gramps is smiling. Make sure you give them to your kids and grndkids. (as long as they promise not to turn you in to the authorities)

Now go to CMP and buy a couple cases of ammo. ASAP.
Link Posted: 10/26/2009 1:55:18 AM EST
Very nice! That M1A probably has a bunch of USGI parts with that early serial number. Nice Garands too. I'm very envious of the tanker Winchester.....
Link Posted: 10/26/2009 2:08:09 AM EST
BINGO!
Link Posted: 10/26/2009 2:33:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2009 2:34:21 AM EST by Dave_A]
,,,,
Link Posted: 10/26/2009 2:38:58 AM EST
AND obigatory feet pic!

I am WAY MORE than a "little" jealous!
Link Posted: 10/26/2009 8:03:19 AM EST
Nice score, I always like to see guns stay in the family.....

Link Posted: 10/26/2009 10:50:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By Rocksarge:
those are awesome. cherish them. never sell them.


Not planning on it, I will sell the aks and glocks long before these
Link Posted: 10/26/2009 3:27:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2009 3:28:56 PM EST by vmax84]
Garands and M1a's are great..............even more so when handed down from a hero. Always cherish them as you did your Grandpa and remember the history with Grandpa and the other solidiers that took them into battle.

Now go take your Grandma out to dinner.

vmax84

And thanks for your service, like I can tell a Marine about "dedication" and "service".

U.S.A.F.
1983-1987



Link Posted: 10/26/2009 11:00:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2009 2:05:42 PM EST by SemperMO]
Originally Posted By vmax84:
Garands and M1a's are great..............even more so when handed down from a hero. Always cherish them as you did your Grandpa and remember the history with Grandpa and the other solidiers that took them into battle.

Now go take your Grandma out to dinner.

vmax84

And thanks for your service, like I can tell a Marine about "dedication" and "service".

U.S.A.F.
1983-1987



I took Gma out to dinner at a fancy restaraunt here in town last night, just me and her and she loved it. And I will always respect any thanks from the majority of people here, especially those who served before me, thanks man, and have a good night. I'm drunk and heading to bed

Link Posted: 10/26/2009 11:26:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By GLOCK-23:
Sorry about you loosing your G-pa.
On a happier note.....
SCORE!!

,,,AND, a +10 for toes in the gun pic.

Link Posted: 10/29/2009 1:58:28 PM EST
From the looks of it, Gramps had BRD.. (Brown Rifle Disease!)

Cheers and good luck..
Link Posted: 10/29/2009 6:05:02 PM EST
bingo
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:34:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2009 12:35:06 PM EST by TheRedGoat]
If you need a gunsafe to store those in, I would be happy to let you use mine. And you could come visit them whenever you like too!

TRG
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:45:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By robrath:
nice! good luck gettin' ammo mail order from CMP. You'll have to take a drive out there NOW if you want to get any.......


Lots more on the way. Tons of it.
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:46:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By TexasLoneGunman:
Originally Posted By robrath:
nice! good luck gettin' ammo mail order from CMP. You'll have to take a drive out there NOW if you want to get any.......


Lots more on the way. Tons of it.


ETA on when it will be available to order?

TRG
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:57:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By TheRedGoat:
Originally Posted By TexasLoneGunman:
Originally Posted By robrath:
nice! good luck gettin' ammo mail order from CMP. You'll have to take a drive out there NOW if you want to get any.......


Lots more on the way. Tons of it.


ETA on when it will be available to order?

TRG


No, lots of rumours when it will be available. Apparently the CMP just got in a bunch of rifles and ammo in from Greece. Some of the rifles were supposedly shown at the recent shoot. The rifles appear to be in service grade and better, all later serial numbers no WWII's. I have 2 M1 Garand's and 2 1903's and just a couple box's of ammo (about 20 rounds), so I am anxious also.
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