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Posted: 9/8/2002 9:26:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2002 10:49:30 AM EDT by JIMBEAM]
I meet with one of the posters from the FAL Files to shoot his DSA while I am waiting for mine to return from the gunsmith. He also let me fire his M-1 Garand. After firing the Garand I decided that I NEED to get one NOW. I was surprised the recoil was manageable and I had no problem keeping 8 shots in a 8 inch radius on a man size target at 100 yards.
Link Posted: 9/8/2002 10:01:04 AM EDT
Those M1's are something else are they not? I have an old Blue Sky re-import from Korea that uses mixed parts (Winchester receiver and mostly Springfield everything else). It has a pretty beat up stock and shows some finish wear, but it is still a great shooter. I someday hope to give it an upgrade and make it beautiful again as it once was. But for now it will do as is.
Link Posted: 9/8/2002 10:09:26 AM EDT
They're Great CQB rifles!
Link Posted: 9/8/2002 10:12:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2002 10:54:18 AM EDT
one word/sound: "plingggg"

Link Posted: 9/8/2002 10:07:21 PM EDT
I shot a 196/200 slow prone at 200 yards with my new Springfield Armory M1 Garand and Danish ammo today at an obsolete match. Never knew they could shoot that good, my DCM AR15 would have a hard time matching it.
Link Posted: 9/8/2002 11:40:35 PM EDT
Be VERY careful when you go to purchase your Garand. There's a bunch out there that are, shall we say, less than desireable. I can't recall which brand they're made under but they supposedly have receivers that have once been torched or are cast, I can't remember which.

I bought my Garand in 1989 & paid about $400 for it. I had a Douglas NM barrel installed on it a couple of years ago & now it shoots like a champ! There's plenty of mil-surp 30-06 ammo at gunshows for cheap shooting.
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 12:01:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2002 12:01:48 AM EDT by PostWhore]
Careful, surplus ammo is corrosive.

I too, recently fired a Garand for the first time. I was amazed at how accurately I could fire it. The sights and ergonomics are excellent, and the weight steadied it well. I am 5'11", and the only problem I encountered was a short stock.
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 6:44:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PostWhore:
Careful, surplus ammo is corrosive.



Not neccessarily. I believe suplus ammo will be non corrosive if it's manufactured after 1951 or so. The new Danish surplus that's going around is NOT corrosive.
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 6:54:40 AM EDT
Garand.

Gitchasum.

Link Posted: 9/9/2002 7:06:51 AM EDT
Definitely. Getchasum.

I finally got my paperwork for the CMP, so when I can afford it, I will be ordering another M1 or two. It's my favorite rifle of all time. Powerful cartridge, good accuracy, light recoil, and beautiful lines.

Can't stop at one, tho... I plan on at least two more, maybe even more than that.

(one to keep 'as issued', one to rebarrel in 7.62 and trick out for match competition, one to build an M1D 'replica'... and a couple more just for good measure)

Link Posted: 9/9/2002 7:12:22 AM EDT
Wave,

I'd shoot it a bit first to see if you think you need it serviced. The majority that come from the CMP are very well functioning and still fairly accurate.
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 8:02:15 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 8:35:55 AM EDT
You might as well save the refurb monies toward your second Garand. I once thought,..."why would I need more than one Garand"???
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 12:35:15 PM EDT
Matthew Q:
Better order 'em now instead of waiting til you can "afford" it. I'm in the same shituation, and Orest Michaels (the CMP guy) recommended that I order them now. The waiting period can be up to a year depending on the model. They'll contact you when they're about to fill our order and ask if you're still "go". If you're "no go" they can just cancel your order. They won't be around forever, so I figgered' I'd order mine now and eat mac and cheese for a while. It's worth it.
Rich
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 1:11:14 PM EDT
There are very few firearms that have as much historic vibe as the Garand when you wrap your hands around one.

And they are good shooters too!
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 3:34:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 4:03:29 PM EDT
My 1943 Springfield CMP M-1 was a real hoot to shoot until I found it had its' ORIGINAL 1943 Barrel and original all Springfield parts...complete with WW-2 lockbar sights!

Can you say "Collector"?

Saved up a little more $$$ and just got a CMP High-Numbered Springfield 1903-A1: 1918 Receiver, 1942 WW-2 replacement Springfield Barrel.

Shoots tight, a real hoot to shoot, and it cleaned up real well with a little elbow grease.

If you like the Garand, you'll love the '03 with it's ladder sights good for 1000 yards!
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 5:22:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tondog:
You might as well save the refurb monies toward your second Garand. I once thought,..."why would I need more than one Garand"???

You need three so you can 'stack arms'.
Link Posted: 9/9/2002 5:28:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2002 12:00:26 PM EDT
I have a chance to purchase a H&R M-1 for $850. The pictures look good, is this a good? deal?

Link Posted: 9/10/2002 12:47:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JIMBEAM:
I have a chance to purchase a H&R M-1 for $850. The pictures look good, is this a good? deal?





Sounds about average.

More depends on muzzle tightness, throat erosion, condition of the rifling, how "correct" it is, etc.


Stuff only a visual / tech inspection can tell you.

'Course, if you get to shoot it before you buy it, and it shoots good, then it sounds like a good deal.


Link Posted: 9/10/2002 2:39:27 PM EDT
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