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m1 garand

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by chriso, Dec 25, 2008.

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  1. chriso

    chriso Member

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    Just got my christmas present from my old lady a m1 garand from her father... the reciever reads 382xxx and the barrel says blue sky arlington va. From what I heard its a damn good shooter in great shape stock has character.
     
  2. Kind of Blued

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    Piiiiiictuuuures..... :D
     
  3. chriso

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    Also whats the little hole behind the trigger guard? and it also seems like the safety on the gun wont engage...
     
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    Beautiful present! That lady's definitely a keeper!
     
  5. chriso

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    I dont know how haha any advice on how to??? it will work great because I just got my old lady a new camera :)...
     
  6. chriso

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    Alsoo whats a good place to get en blocs and good ammo??? I was wondering if I could do anything to the gas system to take higher pressure rounds... and If anyone could tell me what blue sky is???
     
  7. lipadj46

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    Here is an adjustable gas plug (not sure if it is the best price):
    http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/855569

    CMP has the best price on surplus 30.06 bar none:
    http://www.odcmp.com/

    End Blocks can be had most anywhere for cheap so check around (Bill Ricca's, Numrich, Orion 7 Enterprises. sarco, chestnut ridge etc.)

    The hole in the trigger guard is to put in a little metal stick/bar (or combo tool) to help pry it up to remove it (the first step in field stripping the rifle). The rifle has to be cocked for the safety to engage, it may be stiff also.

    Why is the sky blue?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_is_the_sky_blue?

    Awesome xmas present you have a cool father-in-law. Search around and learn the ins and outs of the M1 Garand. Make sure you give it a good comprehensive cleaning and lube, remember garands like grease.
     
  8. Swampy

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    The hole in the back of the milled TG is designed to hold the pivot pin of the Winter Trigger unit. Later stamped TG's did not have a hole.

    The hammer must be cocked in order for the safety to engage.

    CMP

    Install a ported gas lock screw from either McCann or Schuster.

    Note re "higher pressure": The M1 rifles action is as strong as any action out there an stronger than many. It is able to handle the BREECH PRESSURE of any commercial or handloaded ammo that is within safe limits and-or SAAMI spec. Where the M1 has concerns is it's designed in need for GAS PORT PRESSURE of a specific range.... i.e. military M2 spec. This is why a ported gas lock screw can help.... to bleed off excess gas port pressure from commercial ammo that is not made to US M2 spec.

    Blue Sky is the name of the importer who brought your rifle back into the US from Korea in the 80's or early 90's. Required by law to be stamped on the barrel of any military arm repat'd to the US.

    Best regards,
    Swampy

    Garands forever
     
  9. 1KPerDay

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    As swampy says, the hammer must be cocked for the safety to engage. Pull the operating rod handle to the rear smartly; the bolt will lock back.

    CAREFULLY press down on the follower (inside the receiver) with your thumb WHILE HOLDING THE OPERATING ROD HANDLE TO THE REAR. When the bolt unlocks, move your thumb out of the way and carefully let the op rod handle move forward.

    Then the safety should engage.
     
  10. chuckusaret

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    I carried an M1 the 3 or 4 years I was in the military and fired expert with it every year. Great weapon, but was big and weighed about 9 pounds
     
  11. Starship1st

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    Your wife and father-in-law are the best. Merry Christmas! :cool:
     
  12. chriso

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    Yeah I figured the safety out last night man do I love this rifle!!! Whats a good grease or lubricant to use on the m1? and anywhere I can get a quality bayonet:evil:???
     
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    chriso:

    You shouldn't risk firing an old Garand. Box it up and send it to my FFL. I keep it safe for you, especially if it's a good shooter. :neener:

    Oooops... :banghead:

    I mean, remember, they aren't safe to shoot. :D

    <<Kicks stones>> Gave it my best.

    Doc2005
     
  15. chriso

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    My m1 I took this with a camera phone more pics soon with a camera!!! haha...
     

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    thats an awesome gun chriso. My father told me he carried one of those exact rifles in military school in 1955 so Im looking for one of those myself to give to him before he expires. looks like they run about $1100 for the kind he had, which is what you have. He said he also had to carry the carbine which weighed a little more. whats better then the rifle you have there are the people that gave it to you. I hope you thanking your lucky charms for that chick ya have mate.
     
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    Please excuse me as I pick up my jaw and wipe the drool from my desk.

    You have the best wife. Does she have a sister?
     
  18. chriso

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    Oh I am and thank you for the compliment.
     
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    Congrats! They are fine rifles. Pick up some surplus ammo from the CMP HINT it's ammo that was made for the M1 Garand.

    Don't shoot comercial hunting ammo you may damage the rifle by bending the op rod!
     
  20. chriso

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    haha sorry no sister!!! I grabbed the only one and boy am I lucky!!! Yeah I was going to order some ammo from the CMP pretty soon well ASAP and take it out and give you guys a range report with some more pics... In what increments do the adjustable sites move in???
     
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    Chriso if you get the surplus from CMP they have some that's already on Enblock clips.
     
  22. chriso

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    Sweet deal!!! man I cant seem to get my pic to upload on the other pic forum thats going on about the m1's m1as and what not... hmmm...
     
  23. lipadj46

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    Upload the picture to photobucket.com then copy and paste in the image URL code they give you.
     
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    I'm an M1 neophyte too! I just bought my first this summer, it's a 1943 Springfield, got it for $700. Has a new replacement barrel on it, came with an ammo can full of 192 M2 rounds in clips and cheesy bandoliers, I'm told it's Korean and corrosive.

    It's a blast to shoot, but I don't really have a lot of time on it yet. I found a guy on another forum with a cut-down 1920 SA bayonet w/scabbard. Pretty good shape, but the walnut grips are kinda worn, but original.
     
  25. chriso

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    Yeah mines 1941 brought back from korea by blue sky... Now all I need to do is get ammo!!!
     
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