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Posted: 6/29/2003 3:43:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/26/2003 5:50:28 PM EDT by Orange_Neck]
Heading up to the North Store next week to pick out a M1. What should I look for? I am interested in a post war era specimen. What the heck is a lockbar sight?
Link Posted: 6/29/2003 5:05:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/29/2003 5:12:58 PM EDT by shephard]
A lock bar is a T shape lock nut on the windage knob (right side of rear sight).These were used on pre war Garands.

It locks windage knob and elevation knob in place and keeps them from coming loose.

You should read "The Book Of The Garand" as it has most of the info on the many differences between pre war and post war Garands.

I would get a nice pre war Garannd if possible.But hey,a national match would really be nice too.
Link Posted: 6/29/2003 6:56:00 PM EDT
You will be getting to the store during the National Matches so don't expect a large selection of M1's since there are alot of people hitting the store hard.
My advice will be to find one with a good barrel over general appearance, look at the tag for the throat erosion less than <5 is service grade, >5 up to 10 is rack grade. than check the muzzle for damage and for clear rifling all the way to the crown. If it doesn't have a good muzzle and a shiny bore pass on it.
A postwar Springfield will have a serial # >4,200,000 and all H&R's are postwar if they have any left .
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:17:05 PM EDT
Came home with a H&R today after a short trip to the CMP North Store. It has a high serial number in the second serial number block. The finish is still pretty good. The muzzle gauged slightly over zero and the TE is 1. Thank you, folks, for taking the time to give me some guidance on making this purchase.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 1:41:35 PM EDT
Oh yeah,you really got a goooood one.Darn close to a new barrel.Better get plenty of ammo for the range.

Must be nice to live so close to north shore.Maybe I need to move.
Link Posted: 7/8/2003 8:53:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/8/2003 9:25:34 PM EDT by Orange_Neck]
Just bought a digital camera and just had to put it to good use.....





Link Posted: 7/9/2003 5:15:32 AM EDT
Looks like you got a really nice one!
Link Posted: 7/9/2003 6:36:42 AM EDT
Thank you. It wasn't hard to pick a good one- on the day that I went, there were 40 H&R service grade to choose from. CMP also provided muzzle and TE gages to assist with the hand pick process.
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 5:34:58 PM EDT
Very nice!

M1's are the quintesential battle rifle. graceful, elegant, powerful and IMO are the P-51 Mustang of rifles.
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 6:08:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/10/2003 7:26:08 PM EDT
Orange_Neck

That M1 is in pretty sorry shape. I say send it to me M1_Ed, and I being such a nice guy shall clean it up and take care of it for you.

Then in about 10, or 40 years I shall send it back so you can continue to enjoy new toy.

IM when I can expect my your rifle.

BTW: Great looking rifle.

ED
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 6:41:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/11/2003 6:41:53 AM EDT by Orange_Neck]
Ed:

Why don't I just send the entire safe to you. That way, I don't ever have to clean another firearm for the rest of my life. Thanks for the offer.
Link Posted: 7/11/2003 5:04:30 PM EDT
Got another one.

ED
Link Posted: 7/26/2003 5:48:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/26/2003 6:03:14 PM EDT by Orange_Neck]
Range Update: Shot groups with the LMR barrel made in February of 1955 using Danish surplus round-
200 yards 8-shot group with a flyer at 1 o'clock 8 ring opening up the group

2 MOA at 100 yards

100 yards 13 shot group (testing the 5-shot clip with a change to 8-shot clip)
Link Posted: 7/27/2003 4:24:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/27/2003 6:14:16 AM EDT
raf, yeah you are right. I was just too brain dead to see that at the range. When the barrel was cool, it was shooting pretty much dead on (notice the patches of first 100-yr target.)
Link Posted: 7/27/2003 12:55:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/27/2003 12:59:19 PM EDT by raf]
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