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How many Garands out there?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by gbw, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. gbw

    gbw Well-Known Member

    Just something to speculate over perhaps...

    Looking on the CMP site recently, the better grade Garand rifles are now selling for upwards of $1000, and unusual samples for several times that cost, and they cannot ship them fast enough.

    I wonder why. I'm a fan, and Garands are cool for sure, but they aren't terribly practical these days. Yes, I know the Patton comment and that we used them in WWII and Korea. But they are big, heavy, bulky, hard to mount a scope on, reasonably accurate but nothing special.

    I get the value of rare samples to collectors, but in general it's hard to see the value for run-of-the-mill rifles.

    They aren't rare, not even close. See them at every gun show, from CMP, and so on. Well over 5 million made. And for well used, obsolescent rifles they are quite costly.

    So they really cannot be a good investment? How many are still around, do you think? I'm guessing several million.

    (M1 Carbines otoh are a different story - they are light, handy, and seem quite relevant even today.)
  2. cyclopsshooter

    cyclopsshooter Well-Known Member

    Good points, don't know the numbers. I love the Garand but it's practicality to me is limited to its place in history and is mechanical design.. also like the ping... and the fact that they are a little more resilient to a ban than other semi-auto rifles. The Carbine would be more practical to me as a pinker and SD weapon. It has a pretty cool history too though :)
  3. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    It has to do with the "ping".

    Garands are an importance piece of history.

    They are not too high priced to obtain that piece of history. Yes, the value will not go up much in the short term, but they are not made any more and government surplus will come to an end.

    Ammunition is still easily available. Ammunition for Garands is easily reloaded.

    While I feel a 30 Carbine is a dandy defense rifle, i would not put a USGI carbine in that service. They are too valuable. A modern 30 Carbine such as Auto Ordinance or a 300 BLK would be a better choice in my opinion.

    If the SHTF, the M1 would be a great long range rifle to have on hand.

    Did I mention the "ping".

    With parts or a spare rifle or two, it is easy to keep a Garand running.

    No, Garands are not M4gerys, but who wants them to be.
  4. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Well-Known Member

    you place too much value on practicality and total numbers.

    30 years ago a springfield 1903 cost $30, now they run the same price as M1s. between all of the different variants there was well over 5 million made.

    30 years ago $25 bought you a K98 Mauser, now a non sporterizeds, numbers matching K98 runs over $1500 on a good day.

    lets play a little closer to home. 10 years ago a Russian SKS cost a fellow $75 and a sealed spam can cost him $50. now that matched pair hits $1000 easily.

    you may see a run of the mill service grade as an impractical, heavy, clunky, low capacity rifle with little aftermarket support anymore but to a person that collects WWII era firearms $650 for a CMP garand is a steal. most people that buy garands don't do it because they are looking for a badass terrorist slayer to show all their friends at the gun range... they buy it because it is an iconic US service arm that served in 2 major conflicts and on into a third in limited fielding. if you want a 30-06 semi auto that can take a scope and kill deer without toting around a 12 pound rifle then go out and buy a remington 7600. if you are looking for a gun to sit alongside grampa's Springfield and the Arisaka that he brought back from the war then get the garand.
  5. ObsidianOne

    ObsidianOne Well-Known Member

    I personally love M1 Garands, but I agree, they are indeed quite expensive. Feeding them can't be cheap either, 30-06 isn't a cheap round, especially not in a semi-auto.
    I'd say it's more of a novelty, and as previously stated, a piece of history.
    I tend to lean more towards the Russian surplus guns (Mosin Nagant, SKS) because they, and their ammo, are more plentiful and inexpensive.
    If I could afford one though, you bet your bottom dollar there would be a Garand in my gun safe though :) And an M1 Carbine to keep it company!
  6. SFCRandall

    SFCRandall Well-Known Member

    Don't sell the Garand short just because its old. It's still a badass rifle. Much less expensive to own and shoot than its replacement, the M1A. Surplus 30 06 about half the price of factory .308, an abundance of inexpensive clips instead of expensive and sometimes scarce magazines. I can't think of a realistic scenario where I would feel under armed with a Garand and a couple dozen enblock clips.
  7. Devonai

    Devonai Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't feel under-gunned with my M1 as long as I wasn't trying to provide my own covering fire. The weight of the weapon isn't all that far from an M4 with a PEQ-2A, M68, and thirty round magazine anyway.
  8. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    Not enough!

    Late production SA Garands were some of the finest mass produced firearms ever built. They are accurate, reliable, have a nice 2-stage tigger, some of the best sights ever put on any rifle, possess significant firepower and long range capability, are easy to take apart, and the buld quality has been really outstanding on all the samples I have examined or owned.

    The build quality on the Garand makes the M1A look quite lame, and a like new M1 cost about 50 percent less.

    To really appreciate any firearm one needs some time with examples that haven't already been worn out. Worn out M1s never impressed me, but then again neither did worn out M 16s or 1911s.

    Personally I have hard time feeling like I would be under gunned with one.
  9. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    My '43 M1 will probably be the last gun that I let slip away when I get too old to shoot anymore. But, if there's room in the box for it to go with me.....
  10. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    The M1 Garand is just one of those rifles with a cult like following. I have known people to get one and sell it within a week of shooting it while others add another, then another and then another. They served extremely well in various high power match and competition shooting for years and many still use them in matches. Obviously including the John C Garand matches.

    Weighing in around 10 pounds while not practical for some shooters many have an ongoing love affair with the rifle. Just a matter of taste and preferences. Finally, yes, I have a few. :)

  11. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

  12. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    I bought a Miltec rebuild and didn't like it, primarly because I didn't shoot it much.

    Some time later I went to the CMP North Store and bought one. I started shooting it in High Power, Old Soldiers, and M1 Garand Matches. I also started loading for it, and shooting it alot.

    I learned the simple trick of making sure the handguards were properly fit and the stock clearanced if the op-rod rubbed. (This is using commercial stocks). Piece of cake.

    These guns are easy to shoot accurately. Also they have a very mild recoil impulse.

    Once proficient with the manual of arms the gun is barrels of fun.

    I have a few now too.
  13. Orlando

    Orlando Well-Known Member

    To the OP:

    What CMP has in stock now is their higher end rifles
    When in stock you can get a Garand for $525 for Feild Grade and $625 for a Service Grade
  14. seasmoke

    seasmoke Well-Known Member


    30.06 military semi is heavy? huh..
  15. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    Easily several millions ... and 15 of them are at my house. :D
  16. G'dale Mike

    G'dale Mike Well-Known Member

    I know there is at least one left, it's in my safe.
  17. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    Just one.
    Even with a decent group of rifles, the only gun objective is to acquire a second Service Grade Garand, which Will also come from the CMP.

    Growing up with weekly shows such as Combat and many movies featuring M-1s, it's impossible for me to imagine the lack of appeal
    among the younger guys (includes my son).
  18. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Well-Known Member

    I personally only own one M1.

    one thing I noted and I feel obligated to mention THE M1 WAS NOT REPLACED BY THE M1A!!
    the M1A is a civilian rifle based on the M14(which did replace the M1) which entered the market long after the M16 was adopted by the US armed forces. are they similar? yes, are the the same? no and anyone that says otherwise is a moron.

    now as for semi auto rifles based on the M1, the M1A is a much better option IMO, if you are looking for a utilitarian and practical rifle. 308 gives more reach and more stopping power over an AK, SKS, AR or most other semi autos. the ammo capacity isn't much to sniff at, 20 rounds can do a lot if well placed and against the right targets. it's lighter weight than the M1 and more readily accepts a scope...

    the M1A would never have existed if not for the M1 garand. removing the front piece of wood making it lighter, modifying the design to take mags instead of en blocs, and conversion to a lighter recoiling round that still has the ability to kill anything in north america are the major differences between the M1A and M1.

    many people love their Ruger M77s, and Winchester model 70s and remington model 700s but they wouldn't have ever existed if not for the Mauser which by today's standards is heavy, not particularly accurate, and doesn't readily accept the use of a scope.

    one thing that can be said for the M1 is that there is not a single semi auto rifle made today that has the ammo capacity of the M1, that fires a round as powerful as 30-06 and has served any military quite so well for any period of time.
  19. Hacker15E

    Hacker15E Well-Known Member

    I think they are a very well-built, well-designed rifle that fires one of the most popular cartridges on the planet. Add to that the historical value, and it makes it a desirable rifle.

    That being said, there are certainly a lot of "gun people" who don't know or appreciate the Garand. Throughout my military career I've had the discussion with tons of gun owners who have no knowledge of, or desire to own, the Garand.

    Many of them I've 're-educated' on their responsibility to put down their poodle-shooter, obtain a CMP Garand, and learn real marksmanship...but some of them don't take notice.
  20. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    My guess is that the vast majority of these folks have never fired a Garand.

    I can think of few firearms that a more fun to shoot than a Garand. I don't know if it's the ping, the amazingly low recoil for such a powerful cartridge, the wonderful balance, the great sights, or the world-saving history, but everything adds up to an experience that is pure fun.

    And this coming from a guy who shoots and enjoys his ARs, AKs, pistols, and a slew of delightful rimfires. The Garand tops them all in the fun department.

    Last edited: Apr 13, 2013

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