Century Arms M1 Garand


October 4, 2008, 09:04 AM
I am the owner of the titled firearm. I'd like to get opinions on it from experienced Garand owners. So far I've fired around 500 rounds or more and other than having to hit the bolt handle to chamber the first round, I've had no problems at all with it. I am concerned to it's quality and functionality over a long term. I don't fire it that much (using PMC 150 grain 30-06), but want to depend on it in case. Opinions appreciated.

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October 4, 2008, 09:08 AM
That is normal both of my garands do it every once in a while it will chamer on it own so make sure your thumb is out of the way.

October 4, 2008, 09:12 AM
They don't have a very good reputation, but it's mostly for reliability it seems.

If you have one that has run OK for 500 rounds I'd say you are in good shape there anyway.

Seems like they had a recall on some of them for receiver problems if I remember.

Long term the receiver is cast instead of forged so it's not going to last as long but there's no telling when or if it might give.

The metallurgy and heat treatments are sort of an unknown with those things. They bought receivers from all over.

Here's a pretty unflattering link on one sent to Fulton Armory for tech inspection.


If I owned one I would have someone very knowledgeable check the gun over, especially the headspacing.

October 4, 2008, 09:37 AM
Would you mind telling us how much they are asking for them? I can't imagine they are cheaper than the CMP guns.

October 4, 2008, 09:47 AM
Thanks I guess for the information:uhoh:. I purchased it new over 10 years ago and paid I think $500. Wish I hadn't from what I've so far.

October 4, 2008, 03:15 PM
I have a Century M1. Had it three years and put about 700 rounds through mine.

I've had several FTF, but none were using surplus ammo. Other than that it's been reliable. I've neglected it for awhile with my Springfield M1 getting all the attention.

Having to hit the handle to chamber the first round is pretty normal. Both my Century and Springfield M1s require it.

October 4, 2008, 07:25 PM
If you've fired 500 rounds through it and your only complaint is that you have to push the op rod handle forward to chamber the first round (normal) then I'd say you've got a good one. Just my .02


October 4, 2008, 09:47 PM
Must say that it is good to hear that. It sure isn't pretty, but it shoots.
Can anyone give me an idea on how to sight it in properly. So far the longest I've shot it is 25 yards. What is a good setting range for it and how low should it be at say 25 yards? Thanks for any info.

October 4, 2008, 10:37 PM
I carried the M1 garand for 6 months in boot camp. and one of the first things we learned about it was that after incerting the clip, you had to bump the operating rod with the palm of you hand to close the bolt.
Actually the M-14 was the same. (After you loaded a new mag. in it.(I carried it the next 3.5 years of my four year stay in the MC.

October 4, 2008, 10:55 PM
Thanks for the confirmation and for your years of service.

dutch pirate
October 5, 2008, 12:21 AM
25 yrds is perfect if you are using irons. Sight it about 1/2" high. (So that a 6o'clock hold on a 1" square gives a hit in the middle of the square)

October 5, 2008, 07:41 AM
Hey dutch pirate,
Thanx. Do you know what zero yardage that will give? Also what effective range that setting will allow? You'd think I'd have learned more by now, but it musta bounced off.

October 5, 2008, 07:43 AM
I do it the old fashioned way . . 8 clicks up from the bottom to get it on the paper at 100 yards, adjust it for a six o'clock hold on the black. (Mine likes about 9 clicks). 2 clicks up more for 200, etc.


October 11, 2008, 10:50 AM
I've got a Century M1 Garand that I've had for several years. No problems with it at all. No idea as to the round count though it; at least several thousand of milsurp and commercial. Have used it for hunting and matches. Accuracy is as good as I am, as with most firearms. Works like a charm and didn't cost high-dollar.

October 11, 2008, 04:50 PM
That's nice to hear about your Century Garand holding up well. I've read that I should put an adjustable gas valve for 30-06 ammo. I've fired mine without it but only with what I quess are mild 150 grain PMC ammo. When I fired surplus Greek ammo it felt significantly more powerful in recoil and reaction to the indoor range backplate. Still wondering about if I do need one.
In reference to the adjustable sight adjustment changes, is there I quess you would call ideal range setting that would be only a few inches high close, then 100 yards further on target and another 100 or whatever yards it would be a couple inches low?

October 11, 2008, 10:27 PM
When you say that you have a Century M1 Garand rifle I have to ask whether it is one of the weapons they produced using Surplus Danish issue parts kits and an investment cast receiver produced by Caspian Arms or is it a genuine military issue M1 that was reimported by Century???

October 11, 2008, 10:54 PM
Mine has the cast reciever.

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