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Posted: 10/25/2004 4:58:47 PM EDT
did they produce any .308 garands? this one is and also has a short barrel, i'd say 16".
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:06:10 PM EDT
the tanker was a shortened garand.

prototypes were built in world war II but IIRC none are known to exist today. The project was abandoned due to muzzle flash and report issues (.30-06 round).

Way post war, private companies started to cut down regulation size garands and offer them as "tanker" garands.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:39:27 PM EDT
I had a "Tanker" in 308...SUCKED.
I bought a NM in 308 with a laminate stock and it's...GREAT!
308 ammo W/ Clips fit nicely in a Chicom chest rig.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:48:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:11:57 PM EDT
M1 Carbine and Greese gun became weapons of choice for the Tankers. In fact Greese guns were used in the first Gulf war IIRC.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:13:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 9:16:05 AM EDT by EOD_Guy]

Originally Posted By obershutze916:
I think they only made something like 4 real tanker Garands.

The .308 conversions for the Garands were a failure.

Origional military .308 Garands are almost as rare as the .30-06 tankers.

IIRC, Springfield is making them now. The rifle is not military though, just a modern copy.

I don't see how you can say .308 conversions for the Garand were a failure. The Navy had over 42,000 garands converted to 7.62mm. About 33,000 were MK2, MOD 0's and 9,000 were MK2, MOD 1's. The Air Force also modified some Garands with new 7.62mm barrels but not on the scale the Navy had done.

While not as common as .30 caliber M1's, the 7.62mm Garands are by no means "rare".

See the link for a discussion of 7.62mm Garands.

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