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kyhuntsman94
June 8, 2011, 12:52 PM
Hi all,

I am thinking about picking up an M1, but know nothing about them. I am not looking for a collector, but a shooter to have some fun with now and eventually pass down to my son.

Is there a good online resource that I can go to to do some research? I tried googling M1, but there is a ton of information out there and not all of it good. I trust the family here on THR and figured it was a good place to ask for help.

Thanks,
Matt

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USSR
June 8, 2011, 01:27 PM
http://forums.thecmp.org/

Don

mr16ga
June 8, 2011, 01:36 PM
Fist I own one and I like it a lot. But they are all old guns. Make sure the bore is bright and the gas system is good. I have seen a operating rods and gas tubes worn out to the point the gun would not cycle. If you reload uou have to be careful of powder you use when you reload, NO SLOW powder like IMR4350 you can blow the bolt out of the receiver right into your face. I have also seen a M1 that would drop the trigger group out every time the trigger was pulled because it was so worn out. Get one from the CMP. spend the money and get one that has been reworked by them, that will save you some money in the long run.

Tim the student
June 8, 2011, 01:41 PM
Don nailed it, IMO. The CMP forums is filled with knowledge. There are some other pretty good forums as far as knowledge too.

There are also some guys here on THR that know a boatload about Garands here too.

TziTzi
June 8, 2011, 01:47 PM
thumbs up for the CMP link, also there are a number of good books out there such as http://www.amazon.com/Complete-M1-Garand-Jim-Thompson/dp/0873649842 which will be a good thing to grab if you're going to keep this as a passer downer.

I love my H&R M1 and wouldn't part with it for the world. Good luck and again, the CMP all the way for M1 parts or rifles.

Tim the student
June 8, 2011, 01:53 PM
Is there a good online resource that I can go to to do some research? I tried googling M1, but there is a ton of information out there and not all of it good.

If you don't mind, what info are you looking for? If it is basic stuff, there are a ton of guys here that know basic stuff.

EDIT: Oops, thought you were new, confusing two posters.

61chalk
June 8, 2011, 06:09 PM
M1 what....?....M1 Garand or M1 Carbine.....? CMP has Garands....CMP is sold out of Carbines, but some forum members do sell theres....good luck.

TziTzi
June 8, 2011, 08:01 PM
good point chalk, I just assumed he meant the Garand and I believe Mr16ga and Tim did as well.

ball3006
June 8, 2011, 08:15 PM
source for M1 Garands. If you can swing it, visit the north or south store and pick out the one you want. Go the the CMP web site and read the requirements for buying a rifle from the CMP. The CMP has been very good to me when I bought a rifle from them. I have purchased two M1s, a M1D, a 1903, 1903 Mk1, and two M44 22s. Plus, they have ammo.....chris3

FlyinBryan
June 8, 2011, 10:16 PM
absolutely the cmp.

if you need further advice (and for an entertaining display of folks love of the organization) do a poll something like this:

any good places to obtain an m1 rifle,,,,, and info on said rifle?

option 1. civilian markmanship program
option 2. anywhere else on planet earth

Trebor
June 8, 2011, 10:52 PM
The best place to get a M-1 Garand is through the CMP.

The CMP forums are a great resource about the Garand in general and the CMP program specifically.

Another great M-1 Garand oriented forum are the Culver's Shooting Page forums at www.jouster.com


The requirements to purchase a M-1 Garand from the CMP are at the CMP pages at www.odcmp.org

I wrote a series of articles on the M-1 Garand and the CMP at my Michigan Firearms Examiner page. Here are some of the links if you want to check them out.

How to purchase a M-1 Garand from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) (http://www.examiner.com/firearms-in-detroit/how-to-purchase-a-m-1-garand-from-the-civilian-marksmanship-program-cmp)

A look at the best CMP M-1 Garand choices available (http://www.examiner.com/firearms-in-detroit/a-look-at-the-best-cmp-m-1-garand-choices-available)

Tips and tricks for the M-1 Garand (http://www.examiner.com/firearms-in-detroit/tips-and-tricks-for-the-m-1-garand)

Devonai
June 9, 2011, 02:04 AM
I have a mid-war SA M1 with a (probably aftermarket) M1D barrel on it. I purchased one of the repro M84 scopes to go along with it, it makes those 100m shots that much easier.

As for the rifle in general, I have so much love for it that one of the characters in my novels took his into space with him. Just something about the idea of using one to fight hostile aliens on a distant planet really appealed to me. In fact, all of my characters use Earth-based firearms until they finally come into possession of clearly superior energy weapons. Even still, that character got a lot of work done with his M1.

kyhuntsman94
June 9, 2011, 03:19 PM
I didn't differentiate M1 Garand and M1 carbine. I am leaning towards M1 carbine as they seem a little more affordable as I am on a pretty strict budget.

Thanks for the advice. I will be checking it out. If you have resources for M1 carbines, as CMP is out, please post those as well.

Thanks again!

This is one of the reasons I love this board. There is a wealth of information on this board and no one flames a newbie for asking for help.

MAC702
June 9, 2011, 03:26 PM
Unless the 0bama administration allows the importation of those M1s back from Korea (they are assault rifles, don't you know...) the price of M1 Carbines is not going to be significantly different from M1 Rifles for a while, when you find them.

Do not hesitate to buy an M1 Rifle from the CMP. Do it today. It will take a month or two to come in anyway. Start the paperwork now. It will ship right to your door with no FFL transfer required. They are the best unkept secret in the firearms universe.

I finally got mine two years ago, just the Service Grade Springfield Armory. I couldn't be happier and will get more. You can save $100 getting a Field Grade, but I assume the Service Grade SHOULD shoot a little better.

colt1911fan
June 9, 2011, 04:18 PM
all you guys that ordered form CMP what did you have to get notarized im not sure if i need to get my military ID and drivers license plus the paper work please help me out i dont wanna send in the paper work and have it rejected because the i screwed up

stonecutter2
June 9, 2011, 04:45 PM
all you guys that ordered form CMP what did you have to get notarized im not sure if i need to get my military ID and drivers license plus the paper work please help me out i dont wanna send in the paper work and have it rejected because the i screwed up
You only need to get page 2A notarized, and then it's good for 3 years worth of rifle purchases. 2A is the "Certification" page. It's mostly the usual gun purchase form type stuff. You have to have it notarized so that the CMP knows it was actually you that signed that document. After you first get it notarized, any subsequent orders can have the notarized part left blank until the 3 year timeframe is up so long as your ship to address and sold to address don't change. If you move or change addresses, you'll then need to get 2A notarized again if you order another rifle.

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