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animus_divinus
October 2, 2010, 12:28 AM
well.. was doing a bit of googling earlier.. came across the CMP program and it interests me, expecially since they focus on a lot of M1 equipment, so im putting in an application with the garand collectors association, since theres nothing too local in my area as of right now and will be ordering an M1 garand rifle of which i intend to do a lot of shooting with...

any thoughts or suggestions as to what i should focus on for competitions with an M1 garand? and what to expect from such an organization?

my first thought was that if its a government supported and organized program is that its going to bump me up to the top of the draft should we ever have one?.. :P

just a joke really.. id actually be in the military right now if i wasnt medically disqualified :-( whats worse is what they disqualify me for isnt even something that effects my fitness or performance.. thats what makes me extra sad about it.. but.. anyway

anyone ever order or have any experience with their garands?, was curious as to what to expect from a field grade M1 (im actually in favor of a nice restoration project)

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walruskid1
October 2, 2010, 12:42 PM
the cmp does a great job promoting shooting and safety. the national matches at camp perry are HUGE. they work closely with the nra. i have several m1 garands that came off the rack at the north store. they will loan you a muzzle and throat gauge and you can check them before you buy. mail order is luck of the draw, but i don't know anybody that was dissapointed. i have a HRA garand that will hold the 10 ring at 200 yds with greek HXP ammo. now you can buy one that has a new stock, refinished, and rebarrelled, all for under a thousand bucks. i was fortunate to attend one of the schools they put on and became a master instructor. buy the better grade if you can, you will get better quality barrel.

Tim the student
October 2, 2010, 01:06 PM
If I wanted to compete, I wouldn't mail order a Field Grade. I'd go with at least a Service Grade, and probably a Special Grade if you can swing it.

I have both a Field and a Special. Unsurprisingly, the Special is a more accurate gun.



The CMP is a fine organization, BTW.

ol' scratch
October 2, 2010, 02:00 PM
You won't regret getting your paperwork in and purchasing from the CMP. They have some great rifles and other deals.

Look at the H & R service grades. Nothing against the Springfields, just that the H & R's are in VERY nice shape. Mine has the original barrel (LMR, correct for the receiver) that gages new. Many of the parts are original to the rifle. The only things that are not are the bolt and trigger components. Those parts are Springfield.

The Special service grades are great rifles too. They are $895, but are correct with the exception of the stock. I did a stock swap with my special and now have a correct for about $400 less.

If you go to the stores, you can borrow a muzzle gage from the front desk. They will check your throat errosion up front.

REMEMBER- You have to watch which commercial ammo you use. It is better to use surplus. The Garand is a well-built rifle, but it has a gas system that is sensitive to higher pressures. Limit your bullet selection to between 150 grain and 180 grain bullets also due to pressure concerns. The rifle won't blow up, but you might bend the op rod. If you shoot commercial, get an adjustable gas plug. They are well worth the cash and only $35 bucks.

Pick up some Greek surplus if you can. It is $96 for 192 rounds and you get clips and bandoleers. Save the brass because it is good for reloading.

You can also get notifications for special deals. I bought 1400 rounds of Armor Piercing ammo for $60 a can and two of the cans are vintage 1950's American surplus. Typically, this stuff sells for a buck a round.

If at all possible, make the trip to the North or South stores. You won't regret it.

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