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Post  rsv1cox on Sat May 28, 2016 9:04 am

I had ordered this M1 Garand from the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) several months ago just before they sold out (again) and it came in yesterday.  I hadn't intended it that way, it just worked out.  

For those that don't know just check wiki.  But it was developed in the late 1930's and was the primary battle rifle in WWII seeing action into Korea and Vietnam.  It fires a 30/06 cartridge from a eight round en-bloc clip.  According to it's serial number it was made in early September 1944 at the Springfield armory.  This one replaces one that I foolishly sold some 25 years ago.  





The stock is not representative of the typical M1 original, it's much to shiny to be regular GI, I will have to strip it and apply about three coats of tung oil to restore it to it's former condition.  I haven't had a chance to disassemble it and check the individual component manufacturing numbers.  These have been disassembled many times over the years and the parts mixed from the various manufacturers.

I'm going to fire off a few rounds Monday to honor all those who have died in all wars keeping our democracy and our families secure.  I had an uncle that served in WWII and carried one of these.  I also had a cousin, a bombardier in the B-17 who lost an eye to flak. I remember when they both came home.
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Post  roddie on Sat May 28, 2016 9:28 am

Very nice rifle Bob.. and fitting; that you received it this weekend!! Consider my hand to be over my heart when you fire-off those rounds on Monday. Memorial Day
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Post  duke.johnson on Sat May 28, 2016 9:35 am

I have a friend who bought one M1 for him and one for his dad from CMP. They are beautifully done.
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Post  fit90 on Sat May 28, 2016 10:22 am

Awesome rifle! Very reliable and accurate. I am jealous. Enjoy shooting it.
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Post  duke.johnson on Sat May 28, 2016 12:12 pm

that's a great rifle. Just need to watch your thumb. My dad has only I've shot since I was a kid. He taught me early on about M-1 thumb.
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Post  fredvon4 on Sat May 28, 2016 1:21 pm

On the odd occasion the VFW magazine has the Ad for these ...every time I try to sign up they are already out of stock...still on my list of need to get ...someday

Cool that this one came in time for this weekend

I have a large 10' x 19' US flag to put up my 45' pole vs the smaller daily 3' x 5' flag... big-un is flown Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat May 28, 2016 2:25 pm

Thanks roddie and all. Many of these M1’s using blanks will be ceremonially fired in and around cemeteries on Memorial day.

I don’t love the M1, but I respect it. To me it’s an overly complicated, heavy, and cumbersome firearm despite General Patton’s comment and praise. Heresy perhaps but I prefer the Russian (and many others) SKS, super reliable despite conditions, 10 round capacity vice 8 for the M1,and so simple it can be completely disassembled in seconds. Somehow I never warmed to the even better AK47 or it’s variants.

The M1 however has vastly better range and build quality than either of the Ruskies. And, and it’s a big and - the 30/06 has much better stopping power than the 7.62X39 cartridge. The M1 hands down was the best rifle used by either side in WWII.

“M1 thumb” is sorta a myth. Really only comes into play when dropping the bolt with no clip of ammo in the action. Then watch out. With a clip in place the bolt generally stops halfway and you have to slap the charging handle to chamber the incoming round. See “Band of Brothers”. Smile
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Post  getback on Sun May 29, 2016 10:15 am

Nice Bob !!Never had the pleasure to fire one only seen them at gun shows (speaking of theres one in Winston Salam NC) this weekend small but always nice people when I did go . Looks like my Winchester 270 will be my deploy for Memorial Day Were getting that rain (needed) for the garden I worked my butt off getting some stuff in the ground yesterday !! Enjoy the noise maker !! Eric United States
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