Very nice rifle! It doesn’t even look like it has been fired. I’m guessing this hasn’t been modified for full auto?
Thanks, Jim. This is a M1 Garand, I think you might be thinking of the M14, which was a select fire weapon, based, in large part, on the M1 Garand’s design. The M1 was never full auto, only semi-auto using an eight round ejectable clip.
No, I was thinking of the M1. I have friends who own them, but theirs have had modifications which made them full auto. So their M1s aren’t pristine.
Egads, no….that’s heresy in the Garand community. We call those kind of defaced Garands, “Bubbafied”
I have seen you posts of some of your aquisitions and have wanted to comment before now. You have begun a wonderful hobby and chosen an oustanding piece of history. I have had my CnR FFL for a number of years now and it has been a grand hobby that has given me much pleasure and is a great distraction from life’s speedbumps. ENJOY! But beware: Those darn CnR’s seem to multiply (as do 1911′s for some odd reason).
I sold my beloved M1 just a couple of weeks ago. Many years ago someone had turned it into a competition target rifle with an odd homemade target stock and several non-military/non-original parts. I spent some time and effort restoring it to its (well as close as one could get) April 1944 state of manufacture. The restorations took away what some would consider “collector’s value,” but it was a beauty to me. One of the best rifles ever made and one of the most fun to shoot.
I already miss it, but I used the funds to take my 15 year old son on a Red Stag cull hunt yesterday. It is something I have wanted to do since I am physically unable to endure sitting in a stand or blind any longer and my health has not allowed me to take him hunting these last three years. The rifle was valuable to me, but yesterday was priceless. How many kids can say their first deer ever was a Red Stag?
If I am able to and Lord willing, I plan on trying to do it myself next year using my Russian Mosin Nagant PU sniper rifle. And I have a couple of cabinets filled with other CnR rifles that can serve as back up. BTW – Take a look at my facebook page for a pic of a young man beaming with pride. After the initial rush began to wane he looked at me with a broad grin and said rather matter-of-factly, “I could do that again.”
Pastor Ken Mangold
Always wanted to get one of these from the CMP for my dad – he served in the USCG from ’54 – ’76. When he came in, the Coasties were still using the surplus WWII Garands. He qualified ‘Expert’ on the Garand, the M14, and even the M16 before he retired, but the Garand was always his favorite.
For my long-range .30 needs, I’m partial to my PTR91 (I owned a genuine West German HK91 back in the day – the one gun I REALLY kick myself over ever letting go) and the .308 round. 20 rounds mags, & slightly shorter/lighter rounds, make for superior firepower when needed. Would still like a Garand just for sentimental value, though.
Very nice rifle!
I just received my Correct Grade HRA from CMP today (Oct. 31). Now I have to put in a few hours of TLC to remove all the cosmoline.
Pastor McCain – Can we expect to see you at Camp Perry next summer shooting your M1 or M1 Carbine at the National Matches?
Thank you also for the great Lutheran material you put on your website.
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