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This is a discussion on M1 garand within the Long Guns Discussion forums, part of the Long Guns category; I'm seriously starting on a search for an M1 Garand. I might try the CMP path or just go out ...

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    I'm seriously starting on a search for an M1 Garand. I might try the CMP path or just go out and buy what's on the market. Whilst I know it won't be new. Is there anything that I really should look out for?
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    Make sure the bore is clean and bright with crisp sharp rifling and the action operates smoothly. Also look at bolt face and extractor. Don't dump your money into worn out junk.

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    Picked up a "Special" grade from CMP about 3-4 years back. Basically, a like-new condition Garand for $900. Put it in the hands of my blind stepfather (who landed at Normandy on D-Day) and he told me he had promised himself that he would smash the next one he ever had in his hands again! Quickly removed it from his possession....guess he had some rough moments!

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    Thanks for the link, jlr. Probably will go the CMP path. Will have to join the VFW or maybe the local gun club to qualify for purchase. BUT want one so I'll jump through the hoops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mappow View Post
    Thanks for the link, jlr. Probably will go the CMP path. Will have to join the VFW or maybe the local gun club to qualify for purchase. BUT want one so I'll jump through the hoops.
    You can also join The Garand Collector's Association instead of the VFW or a local club.
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    The orders been placed, now the loooonnnnngggggg wait.
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    Once you get your prised possession, make sure you feed it properly. Otherwise you might be looking at mechanical issues.

    Make sure you use only period ammunition in your M1. Modern 30.06 ammo has a lot more spunk that the ammo from the WW II era and can lead to bent parts and peices. THere are a couple of ammo manufacturers that make a "Garand" load. It has a reduced load and velocity rating that fits the original specifications of the Garand. The other alternative is a tunable gas block plug that reduces the degree of bleed gasses to make the modern ammo less damaging to the action.

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    Default My new Friend has arrived

    Just got back from the range. All I can say is sweeeeeettttttttt dam platform. Zeroed within 20 rounds. (Not sure if was me or the gun) FYI received within 30 days. THIS was money well spentName:  IMG_2832.jpg
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    I love my M1. =)
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