M1 Itch


May 30, 2003, 06:30 PM
After fondling a couple buddy's M1s and thinking about it for too long, I have come to the conclusion its time to scratch my itch for one of these beauties. Problem is I don't know a whole lot about these guns.

I'd like a go-anywhere shooter, not a museum piece. Like wood, but fiberglass/composite is OK also. The more accurate the better and I don't mind spending the time to make the right ammo to feed it. Perfectly happy buying a basic gun and building it to my standards, but an off-the-shelf shooter is good also.

I won't buy a new gun manufactured by Springfield Arms ever again.

I'd appreciate suggestions on info resources, places to buy, which ones to buy/avoid, etc.


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AZ Jeff
May 30, 2003, 06:42 PM

For everything you every wanted to know about M1's and their derivatives, go to:


Click on the link to the M1/M14 forum.

After hanging out there for a while, you will probably want to check out this link too, as this is THE PLACE to get a piece of American history at a good price:


This one is good, too for details on your soon to be new purchase:


You will fall in love with these rifles from a time when wood and steel came together to make a timeless classic with the durability of the ages..........

May 30, 2003, 06:42 PM

Two of my co-workers own M1As, and they plan to bring them to the Adobe shoot next month. Unfortunately, they're made by Springfield Armory. :(

May 30, 2003, 07:52 PM

I can't believe you left off:



I'm starting down this road myself (budget willing, and AFTER the M1A) - lets compare notes. Remember, Ed at MilTechArms is just up the road if you want a really nice shooter Garand!

You _did_ say M1, not M1A, right?


May 30, 2003, 08:17 PM
Jeff, thanks for the comments and links. That's exactly the stuff I need!

Ken, today's lunch partner has a very nice M1 that was refurbed to a Natl. Match by SA 20 years ago. Gorgeous gun that shoots sub-MOA: that's what I'm looking for. I'll check out the M1As that your associates bring; who knows, maybe they'll be able to sway my feelings about SA's recent quality and service issues.

Sven, at this point, asking Jim or the other guys at Miltec for advice would be like an eight-grader asking Stephen Hawking for help on math homework. However, they are high on my list of gunnys to take to lunch and discuss this, as is Charles' dad. I do plan on keeping up with the status of your project. Hope to see you at the SRGC meeting this Thursday evening.

May 30, 2003, 08:58 PM

~$500 gets you a CMP Garand, how can you beat that?

See you at the club - I was blown away at how many quality folks there were at my first meeting a couple months ago.

May 30, 2003, 09:37 PM
I'm from higher ground than the members of this forum in the Santa Clara Vally, but I'm going to be in San Jose a whole lot in June... Got M1 (H&R Collectors Grade) got ammo, need excuse to evade responsability and shoot some 30cal.:D
More Data!!!....Pleeeze!;)

May 31, 2003, 09:32 AM
Crimper-D: Can you make the 6/7 shoot?


May 31, 2003, 10:18 AM
Yep, CMP is the way to go.. But be careful, they are like Lays potato chips... I'mm waiting for #6 & & to arrive.

J. Parker
May 31, 2003, 01:58 PM
Picked up a pre-ban Polytech 14S a few weeks ago. My first .308 "battle rifle". Damn, is it fun to shoot. I did alot of research and I guess these Polytech's are good stuff.
As said battlerifles.com has alot of good info. Good luck, John

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