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  1. lpsharp88

    lpsharp88 Member

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    I'm at a loss. I had decided to do an AR build, bought a few parts for it, but then talked myself out of it. I don't shoot the AR I currently have a lot, so I don't see the point in building another one. Then I decided briefly that I should get a CMP Garand, then talked myself out of that. I'm afraid I'd ruin the firearm due to ignorance or improper care somehow (crazy I know, but I'd feel terrible if I caused harm to such a historical piece). I feel the same way about the M1 Carbine, but they do make those in new production, unlike the Garand. My idea behind getting either of the M1's is to pair it with my 1911 (albeit a new production TRP), like I paired my M9 with my AR. I reload, so I could just quit accumulating and focus more on reloading and the supplies needed for that, or could focus on my backpacking hobby.

    I am open to suggestions, since this is the first time really that nothing sticks out as "I gotta have that"

    Here's what I have:
    1. Glock 17
    2. Glock 19
    3. Glock 20
    4. Glock 43
    5. Colt LE 6920 SOCOM
    6. Beretta M9
    7. Springfield TRP (no rail)
    8. Mossberg 590A1
    9. Ruger 10/22

    Obviously I shoot pistols more than long guns, but I do like shooting both. I do like hunting, but the longest shot anywhere I'd hunt is 30 meters, so a scoped long gun isn't a necessity.
     
  2. Onward Allusion

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    Assuming your list is the guns you own and not what "you gotta have". I don't see an AK or a bolt action centerfire or a revolver . . . I would get a revolver. Something in 38/357.
     
  3. WestKentucky

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    One very conspicuous absent player is your 22 pistol. Another absent player is a revolver. I suggest you remedy those two absences with 1 gun, and my suggestion would be either a s&w bodyguard or ruger SP101 or lcr chamber in 22lr. You are also missing a single action revolver so you could remedy that side by including a Ruger single six or new model bearcat.

    My actual suggestion is the ruger single six convertible. It's just a really fun gun to shoot, and unless you play fictional cowboy and fan the hammer you aren't going to blow through a huge amount of 22 ammo with it. From the single six, your next hole to fill is a double action revolver and I would suggest a used S&W model 10 or similar revolver.

    If you are entirely opposed to revolvers then you need to seriously look at these three semi-autos. Ruger MK series (include the 22-45 and other variants) Browning Buckmark, S&W Victory (or the 22a). S&W also produces a M&P 22 but I heave heard unpleasant things about build quality and materials used...shoots nice but doesn't seem to have a long life. Ruger also has a "standard" type 22 auto SR22, but I can't speak to their quality.
     
  4. FL-NC

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    Just get a Garand, and buy some books or old field manuals about it. Learn something. It can't be that difficult/complicated to own and enjoy one- after all, they were made for the military. If you do, invest in the Otis cleaning kit- best way to clean a bore like that since you can't push a cleaning rod from chamber-to-muzzle.
     
  5. patmccoy

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    Cleaning the M1 from the muzzle can be safely done with the rifle is a gun vise and a cut off 25 caliber rifle case used as a muzzle guide.
     
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    I think a Marlin 336 would fit in nicely, and work great for hunting within 30m.
     
  7. blarby

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    Buy a hunting shotgun.

    You have a 590a1, buy a 500. In a pinch, most of the parts are interchangeable.

    The 6920, with good bullet selection, works just fine as a CXP2 or smaller hunting rifle, but a 12ga with a full length barrel is pretty much mandatory in any decently stocked gun safe.

    Alternately, just buy a vent-rib barrel, and call it good.

    Then, on to a 30 cal rifle of some variety......
     
  8. ericuda

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    You need a thumper. I was in the same boat and found the 45-70 fit very well in my budget and left room for components.
     
  9. jrmiddleton425

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    You have a shotgun, an AR, and enough handguns for three people to carry two each. Just a random thought from a dude behind his computer, but here goes...get the Garand. If you can operate and maintain a 1911, you can learn to do the same with an M1.
     
  10. Liberty1776

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    Lemme say sumthin' about this... 1. Virtually all of the CMP guns are redone in some way so the historical value is nil. 2. and most important - it would be really, really hard to hurt a Garand, short of running it over with a tank. Not sure a Jeep would do it... They are tough critters and I'll bet the bazillions that survived WWII did not get super swell care...
     
  11. Walkalong

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    5. Colt LE 6920 SOCOM
    or
    7. Springfield TRP (no rail)
    or
    9. Ruger 10/22

    But I am biased.

    Yep, a thumper is nice to have. Mine is a .458 Win Mag.
     
  12. lpsharp88

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    Lots of good suggestions! Sorry for the confusion, but the list in my OP is what I own currently. I agree that a thumper is needed as well. I may end up going with the Garand, there were some good points about the historical value being gone due to arsenal reworking and them being tough. I won't do anything until my refund comes, so still plenty of time before I can even think about doing anything. I know to order through the CMP that you need to be a member of an affiliated club. I'd like to join one that I can join online and just print my card if possible. If not, I'll just join the Garand Collectors and mail in my membership application when I order the Garand.

    What are some pros/cons of a Garand vs M1A? The more I think about it, a .30 cal class semi auto sounds good
     
  13. gbran

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    You're pretty well covered except for a ccw piece, a .22 plinker and a big bore.
     
  14. tarosean

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    Bolt gun...
     
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    Get the Springfield TRP.

    That's what I would do, and I'm NEVER wrong about ANYTHING...

    :D
     
  16. GRIZ22

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    If you want to get a Garand the sooner the better. They are a finite resource and prices will go up as the supply goes down. The historical value is there in any Garand. Arsenal rebuilds from WWII were used in Korea and Vietnam. The fact that the Garand could be rebuilt with parts from several different manufacturers is a testament to American manufacturing technology.

    You can spend more and get a Correct Grade or get a Service Grade and find the parts to make it correct. If you want a shooter just get the Service Grade.

    You can buy the rest of the stuff later.
     
  17. Bobson

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    Probably a nice AK (SAM7 by Arsenal) or M1A (*cough-Springfield Scout Squad-cough*). Those are the two I'd be picking between, and I'd have a heck of a hard time deciding. I fear it's a decision I'll have to make someday.

    More of a preference thing than a pros and cons thing. Personally, the Garand is cool in that it's an iconic piece of American history. Other than that, MEH. I can appreciate the gun without caring to buy one.
     
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    There is one thing I don't understand.
    Your sig line states that you are a certified Glock armourer yet you are worried about messing up a battle rifle?
    Here is a copy of the M1 Garand operation, safety, and maintenance guide.
    http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/M1GarandGuide.pdf

    I am no gunsmith yet I have rebarreled , with a short chambered barrel, finish reamed the barrel and lapped the bolt on my mixmaster Grand.
    I also don't know why you don't shoot your AR more.
    I can't seem to leave for the range without one.
     
  19. JohnBiltz

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    If you don't know what to buy then don't buy anything. Seems obvious to me.
     
  20. Orlando

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    First you need to educate yourself on the Garand and Carbine. You are worried you will ruin one???They are no harder to care for than any other firearm. In fact are probably a more durable weapon than any receint made firearm. How do you think they made it through multiple wars?
     
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    Sounds like you really want an M1 Garand. I don't think you would damage one through "ignorance or improper care", as it sounds like you know your way around guns. Other than that I would think a decent .22 pistol, like a Ruger Mk.II or Mk.III, or a .357 revolver, like a S&W Model 686 or a Ruger GP100, would make a nice addition to your gun collection. If you like to hunt a quality semi-auto or pump action 12 gauge shotgun with interchangeable barrels would be very versatile and handy to have around.
     
  22. BSA1

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    Your idea of a M-1 carbine and 1911 sounds like a good fun match. However your 1911 should be as close to the W.W.2 versions as possible rather than a modern enhanced 1911.

    You could enhance your collection by adding a sling and magazine pouch to the buttstock of the M-1 and a tanker style chest holster for the 1911.

    I guess this isn't helping you much is it but you have to admit it would look really cool at the range.


    Please write a book on how to do that. I'm sure many other gun owners along with myself would like to know how to kick the gun buying habit.
     
  23. olkowsr

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    IMO everyone should have a 7.62x39 of some type....
    - Cheap to shoot and will go thorough most objects.

    what about a WASR, SKS, or M92 PAP (I have a PAP).
    - Depending on where you live you might be able to make an underfolder (folding stock).

    Thanks,
    Ron.
     
  24. joem1945

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    Get a S&W .460 magnum.
     
  25. stoky

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    Full power rifle cartridge
    +1 on the Garand, .45-70, thumper, bolt gun or some such
    maybe a .308
     
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