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Trying it again before the first comes through.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SaxonPig, Jun 22, 2009.

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  1. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Member

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    About 3 months ago I ordered an M1 Carbine from the CMP. Still waiting to see what I'll get. Been thinking I want another Garand. I say another because although I don't have one now I have owned 2 in the past.

    Back in the 1970s I bought one that had been rebuilt from parts and it never did work right. Gave up and sold it to a tinkerer. In the early 1980s I got another from the CMP (or DCM as they were called back then). What arrived was a nearly perfect International Harvester that I believe was dated 1954. I think the IHs are fairly rare. Back then you didn't pick the manufacturer, they shipped what they had. Then shortly thereafter my home was burglarized and all of my guns were stolen except for the Garand. It was left behind for some reason. But facing the task and expense of rebuilding my collection I decided the Garand was a lower priority than some other things so I sold it. Wish I had kept it.

    Now I have been thinking about another one. Only now they are pretty damn pricey (the first one from the DCM was $132.50). I think the IH I had would sell for a Hell of a lot more, today. Well, after watching a couple episodes of Band of Brothers replayed on the History Channel yesterday I couldn't stand it any longer. Tomorrow I will send off an order for for an M1. I know I won't be as lucky as I was on the first one and just hope it isn't a total wreck.

    So now I'll be waiting for 2 rifles. And waiting...
     
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  2. PCGS65

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    Sax you wount be disappointed with a service grade M1. But the wait might kill ya. :eek:
     
  3. krs

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    A lot of very knowledgable people, including Scott Duff, are of the opinion that the H&R (Harrington and Richardson) produced M1 rifles are the finest of all in terms of overall finish as well the as quality of individual parts. Most also consider them to be the best shooting of all the Garand rifles.

    Seems like CMP ships H&R rifles in service grade or above. In field or rack grade I don't know if they've yet run out of Greek returns. Some of those can look pretty rough upon arrival, mostly due to their use of mixed wood pieces, but a new stock set will fix that right up.

    In any case they're still the bargain you found in the 1980's, just adjust for inflation.
     
  4. SaxonPig

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    Just looking for a shooter so I planned to order the SA Field Grade. I see the HRA (Harrington & Richardson?) is the same price. Are these a better choice?
     
  5. Im283

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    My field grade is a a HRA. Great shooter. I don't even mind that the stock is beat to heck. Just means I don't need to worry about it so much.

    The bore is great, tons of life left in it.

    Was going to order a new stock set, but I got to thinking that this old battle rifle was better suited to a dinged up piece of wood.
     
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