Sounds crazy at first, right? The more I think about it, though......... So my LGS has a decent Belgian contract FN49 in .30-06. Ive always been enamored of the design, and consider it superior in every technical way to the Garand: adjustable gas system, no stupid Enbloc clips to get lost, 10 round capacity, lighter, etc. They are asking $650 which is reasonable as the condition is "shooter" grade, but Im broke, so I would have to trade for it. Indeed, my '43 SA M1 would be called CMP Field grade, but its still worth a bit more, so I could probably walk out with the FN49 and some cash. I rarely shoot the M1 and my father has a much nicer one which I can shoot whenever I want, so theres that. Still, being without a Garand seems so darn Un-American! What does the gestalt think?