January 23, 2013, 01:34 AM
Please a little help if anybody can.
Many years ago I bought a "Blue Sky" import mixmaster Garand for $225 at a local show. (And a mint M1 Carbine Std. Products for $140).
It has a pre-war Winchester receiver Oct. 1941 iirc, excellent condition 120,000 range SN.
It's the 2-tone version and has beenre-parked I think. Aftermarket stock and a mix of other parts, none Winchester that I remember.
But I'm curious if such a Garand rifle would have any particular collector interest, if anyone knows?
It shoots beautifully, btw, although I probably haven't fired 400 rds. since I've owned it.
January 23, 2013, 04:52 AM
To the right collector it would have value. The trick with a rifle that old becomes finding all the correct Winchester parts, including a correct stock with cartouche. I doubt it has the original barrel which would be another project unto itself, old barrels in good condition are pretty rare. It may or may not stir interest in the Garand Collectors Association.
January 23, 2013, 07:13 AM
Nope, no collector interest, it's a shooter. Restoring it to it's original configuration would cost you an arm and a leg. Ask me how I know.:D
January 24, 2013, 09:06 AM
If receiver has been reparked it doesnt have any real great collector value. If it hadnt someone might have wanted the receiver .
Just shoot it and enjoy her for what she is
January 24, 2013, 10:52 AM
"Collector interest" is hard to define. The way I see it, any Garand has interest to some collector. I myself have a rewelded Winchester that fills a space in the collection. I've had it since the 1960's, even fired matches with it.
January 24, 2013, 11:21 AM
Right now, regardless of any increased value which a Winchester receiver might have, to acquire the rest of the components in Winchester form and the right age would cost more than the finished product would be worth for quite some time.
It wouldn't keep me from trying to amass the parts though for my own appreciation disregarding possible lost value.
I like an all (your favorite manufacturer here) gun and the prewar Winchesters - well built - are almost as sweet as a perfect Beretta Garand who themselves used a lot of surplus Winchester tooling to a higher degree of fit and finish - though debatable as a service rifle.
January 24, 2013, 01:38 PM
I'll it has some additional value to it since it's a Winchester. I would go back through it and see what parts it was rebuilt with. A Winchester barrel is a big help here.
I lot of the CMP Garands have replacement stocks and rebuilt with Springfield and HRA parts.
Sound like you bought that when I bought my WW2 Springfield. I found a 95% correct Springfield including properly marked stock and locking bar rear sight. It looks reparked and the the import mark can barely be seen.