SECNAV Trophy Rifle


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A_Navy
May 14, 2006, 06:15 PM
Hello all,

Being new to the site I appoligize in advance for my lack of knowledge.

I was in the Navy from '99 to '04 and am now retired due to an unfortunate run in with a drunk driver. With that said, my question is this ...

I participated in the All Navy Shooting Team try out at Dam Neck in '04 right before my accident, and won High New Shooter at the competition. I was awarded a Secretary of the Navy Trophy Rifle which was, as many of you probably know, an M1 Garand.

I recieved it and it came in very good condition, but very dry. I am wondering what the best way is to finish the stock. I am in a wheelchair (due to the accident) and am a quadriplegic.

On another note, if I were to not want to deal with it, what would a rifle such as this sell for. I have all the associated military shipping info, hell, it's still in the box it was shipped in.

Finally, are these trophy rifles original, meaning it has been sitting in a warehouse for 60 years, never been issued and thus never been fired?

Any answers would be great. I thank you all for any input.

A_Navy

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Dave in VA
May 14, 2006, 07:19 PM
Hey Shipmate,;)

So sorry to here about your accident. I'm a retired Chief (FCC) and was at the 03 Lant Fleet and All Navy Matches.

Hang on to that rifle. Garands love grease (oprod, bolt lugs). For the wood, just a little (a couple or 3 drops) of Ballistol on a sheep skin rag (car washin mit you can get at walmart).

As far as worth goes, I'd say PRICELESS.:)

I'll talk to a friend of mine whose won a couple of these (I never did) on what you might be able to get for it, but rough guess, 800 to a K.

Let me know if theres any way I can help.

Dave

Onmilo
May 14, 2006, 08:43 PM
$2500.00 is more like what that rifle is worth.
Is it in .308/7.62X51 or is it in caliber .30/06?
Keep that box and all that paperwork it is the stuff that makes that rifle valuable.
Most of the Navy M1 rifle stocks appear to be refinished in Tung oil,(chinawood oil is another name for the stuff.)
I seriously doubt the rifle is all original, as issued, the guns are generally rebuilt to very high standards and will exhibit a mixture of pieces parts.
As far as I know Crane Arsenal is still rebuilding M1 rifles for the purpose of issue as SECNAV rifles.
Good job on the shooting.

OMCHamlin
May 14, 2006, 10:38 PM
Hi A-Navy,
Retired ETC here, currently finishing my terminal leave actually. While I'd like to hope that Onmilo would be correct, I'm thinking my shooting buddy, Dave in VA is more on target as to the price range for your SecNav rifle. Congrats on your fine shooting, by the way, and sorry to hear about your accident. My trophy rifles all came with that "dry" look to them, it cleans right up with a wipe down of Shooter's Choice bore cleaner, though as Dave suggests, Ballistol would probably do just fine as well. That price range is assuming that this is a 30.06 Mark I, not a 7.62mm Mark II. As a side note, if it has a gold number like 66 or 67 penciled in on the exterior of the receiver behind the rear sight, leave it, it adds value as a collector's piece. It was some kind of an inventory number from Crane. If you consider selling it (though I would advise against it) try going through http://www.scott-duff.com/
as he deals a bit in trophy Garands. I was there in 04 for Feets and All Navy, I was the pit boss across from LCDR Lyda. Best of luck to you!
Chris

A_Navy
May 15, 2006, 01:36 PM
I appreciate the feedback more than you can imagine. I have alot of free time on my hands ... too much really, but thats how it goes. I've got two boys and will eventally get them into the fine sport of marksmanship, so I won't sell it i'm sure ...

WhenI was growing up I was a small bore shooter for competition and was at Camp Perry every year, but never shot high power, so it's new stuff for me.

I actually shot an M-14 at the All Navy match when I won the M1. I like the weight and ballance more than the M-16, and had never shot an M-1 ...

Again, many thanks for yor replies!

A_Navy

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