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Help convince me I need an M1 Garand

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Col. Plink, Jun 10, 2009.

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  1. Col. Plink

    Col. Plink Member

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    Once I heard of the Civilian Marksmanship Program selling surplus war-era M1 Garands for about 1/2 collector prices I realized how badly I wanted one. Trouble is, i don't know how useful it would be, and I already have a 30'06 (nothing special at all, but new, decent scope, recently sighted-in).

    So I'm looking for justification to do what I want but don't need. I understand most are kept as-is, and used with open sights. How good is a Garand in this configuration for distance shooting/hunting (max reliable range? comfortable accuracy range?).

    I want one, and may even have an accomplice for a road trip to Alabama over the 7/4 weekend to get one, but can I justify it? Help me justify my love for a kickass old rifle!
     
  2. saturno_v

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    If you are not a collector, you don't need it...save the money!!! :D:D

    Don't forget that the Garand is finicky when it comes to ammo, so I dont'know how flexible is for hunting....and it is very heavy to log around for hours....

    If you like the rifle and you want to put it in your safe for collecting purposes it's another story....but there are not real practical reason to buy a Garand...for hunting purposes in semi-auto 30-06 you can get a Remington 7400/750 or a Browning BAR new for less money, immensely more useful and practical for that purpose...
     
  3. vanfunk

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    Justification? You don't need no stinkin' justification! It's the greatest battle implement ever devised, to quote just one man who knew a thing or two about warfare.

    Just get one from the CMP already, alright? Do it. Do it. It's your national heritage. It's a symbol, writ in steel and wood, of our manifest destiny! It's the perennial trampler of the crabgrass of tyranny!

    Blam-Blam-Blam-Blam-Blam-Blam-Blam-Blam-PING!!!

    Do it.

    vanfunk
     
  4. Kevin5098

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    I think you either "get it" or you don't. I think that you "get it". As for me, I look at my newly acquired Garand as another way that I can be connected with the Greatest Generation (I also enjoy old radios from the period and listen to recordings of the old shows). The workmanship in this mass produced rifle is like nothing you'll find in today's plastic and stamped part weapons. I have fired the M16A1 many times while in the Army but never enjoyed it half as much as a day at the range with the Garand. I can't think of a single practical reason for owning and shooting the M1. It's mainly spiritual. I decided to get mine before the pickings get much slimmer. If you think you "get it", I'd advise you to do the same.

    Kevin
     
  5. gondorian

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    How many guns does anyone really NEED? They are fun, you can get relatively cheap ammo from the CMP for them, they have a lot of history, and you can get pointy things for the end. Accuracy is talked about in this thread. I don't think anybody really NEEDS one, but they do make nice booms :D
     
  6. 61chalk

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    No one can justify it for you, you will have to decide. Many are buying them, an many are not...I found out how readily available they were just this year, found out about CMP, found out about you could actually get one from WWII, that were being shipped back from the Greeks....my Dad an many of his friends were in WWII, I was in the military an enjoy shooting....I saw how affordable they were, an decided I wanted one.
    I bought 2 Field Grades, bought new CMP wood for one, an I'm hitting a iron 9" triangle at 540 yds. with open sites about 2 out of 8 shots with one of those Garands that have a 1951 HRA barrel on a SA Oct. 1942 reciever with muzzle gage of 2, the other Garand has a 1.5 gage...I have fallin in Love with these Garands so much that my old AR15 is getting really mad....I now want to get another!!! The ammo isn't bad priced either, an reloading down the road should make them even more accurate, been shooting the Greek CMP ammo. They are rich in History, an I have rifles that may very well been used in combat for the Freedom we enjoy today...The Garand is just the REAL DEAL to me.
    You can also check out my thread if you haven't seen it already about my Dads friend "Norm" an see one of these CMP Garands....

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=440481
     
  7. Shung

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    What else do you need ?

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  8. TMM

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    an old-timer war vet who was into guns once told me, "The M1 is still the smoothest shooting rifle there is."

    I'd believe him... unfortunately i haven't actually fired one yet.

    TMM
     
  9. benzy2

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    Don't buy one. I need to make another trip and pick up one or two more at least and the fewer others buy the more selection for me. As said you get it or you don't.
     
  10. saturno_v

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    The difference between me and many M1 dreamers on this forum is that the M1 Garand was my actual service rifle.....so I know a thing or two about how great it really is and how it fares as service weapon....just an example, logging it around is one of my least favourite memories during my military service....
     
  11. Vern Humphrey

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    If you don't have a Garand, you're not regular. Lack of a Garand can cause halitosis, male-pattern baldness, flat feet, impotency, psoriasis and hemorrhoids.
     
  12. 61chalk

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    Watch "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood.....then man up, an get one......if you don't like it, think its too heavy, hurt your thumb, kicks too hard, too loud, can't figure out how to field strip....then you can just "give" it to me, I'll take care of it....Nice post Vern Humphrey..cracked me up!!!!
     
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    Vern is wise. I didn't get my M1 until I already had all these afflictions, and while an M1 might prevent them, it won't cure them! Get one now while you still have a chance!

    Besides, every man needs one on the wall of his man-cave.

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    And ya gotta have something for the grandkids to shoot!

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  14. Uncle Mike

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    Spot on.. no more too say!:D

    But I HAVE a Garand and..... this just aint right!:neener:
     
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    A friend of mine once said, "Everyone needs at least one gun that's been shot in anger."
     
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    You should be asking yourself "why wouldn't you need a grand?"

    After reading Vern's post I am saving my money right now for one or maybe even two.
     
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    Watch "Saving Private Ryan" and the "Band of Brothers" series.
    If you still need convincing you won't understand the need and you don't need one. I held off way too long on purchasing my Garand but then I had access to our club Garands which helped ease the pain until I could get my own.
     
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    You need it.
     
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    Agreed! I also recommend getting one because it's a neat piece of history. Just make sure you order some ammo when you order the rifle, or you'll be sitting around like me waiting for the next gunshow, instead of at the range shooting your Garand. I've had the darn thing for over a month now, and still haven't got to shoot it. I don't know what's worse, not having a Garand, or having one that you can't shoot:eek: Thankfully, there is a show just around the corner.
     
  21. Slicendice

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    Garand with a grin

    Buy one maybe two -- I have two a 30.06 made in 45' and a 308 made in 42'. I know the 42' model was used in ceremonial services because of all the chrome on it :-- I just look at them and smile -- knowing they have been where I haven't and seen things I never will. :D:D
     
  22. WoofersInc

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    Absolutely, positively. Every gun person should have a Garand. Stop thinking about it a get yours. The Garand is one of my favorite guns to shoot.
     
  23. cchris

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    The capability of firing off 5 rounds in the time it takes to fire off 1 round with a 98k should be justification enough - probably a decently-large factor in winning the war. This is also coming from a Mauser owner who doesn't have an M1 Garand.
     
  24. P.B.Walsh

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    I want one.
     
  25. nathan

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    It looks mighty cool . You get an eyeful when you shoot it at the range.
     
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