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Which U.S. WWII rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BamBam-31, Jan 5, 2003.

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Which U.S. WWII rifle?

  1. M1 Garand

    104 vote(s)
    88.1%
  2. 1903

    3 vote(s)
    2.5%
  3. M1 Carbine

    11 vote(s)
    9.3%
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  1. BamBam-31

    BamBam-31 Member

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    My friend has watched Band of Brothers for the umpteenth time, and now he wants an American WWII longarm in the worst way. Question is, which one should he buy first, or which one if he's only to have one?

    Although this amounts to not much more than chocolate vs. vanilla vs. strawberry, I think clearly the answer is the M1 Garand. (Insert Patton quote here.) He's kinda leaning towards the M1 Carbine (I think mainly because they're a little cheaper), but I'm trying to convince him to get the Garand.

    If it were me, it'd be the M1 Garand, then the 1903 (any variant), followed by the M1 Carbine.
     
  2. buttrap

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    Well thats kind of like what tires to get for your 4x4 truck. Should be more like I want a gun to use for ahh (#$*^) which would be probably best for that....Kind of like crausants go good with coffee in the morn but really dont go with beer and pizza after dinner..
     
  3. Sleeping Dog

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    Carbine is cheaper than Garand? Not if it's a genuine WW2 US-made carbine, or not much cheaper anyway.

    Civilian Marksmanship Program sells the M1 Garand for a reasonable price. You just need to jump through a few painless hoops and WALLA! the FedEx guy drops one at your door.

    Besides, if he gets a Carbine, that won't scratch the itch for a Garand.

    Regards.
     
  4. Kevlarman

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    Garand!

    There's nothing like BLAM BLAM BLAM PING! :D
     
  5. Tamara

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    Garand, baby.

    I held mine all the way through all ten episodes of Band of Brothers. It was reassuring in the tense parts... :eek: ;)
     
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    There is nothing wrong with the M1 Carbine or the 1903 but the definitive US WWII rifle is the M1 rifle. If he plans to shoot his rifle, the M1 Carbine is fun to plink around with. They are lightweight and don't have much recoil.


    Drue
     
  8. cratz2

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    Those 1903s are nice, but if you can only have one, better make it a Garand. Every time I see someone shoot one for the first time, there is ALWAYS a big smile on his or her face. Without exception. EVER!
     
  9. Fatelvis

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    Go with the Garand. A great way to spend $500.
     
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    It's a difficult decision, and I do love the Garand that I toted around all through Military School. However, I voted for that neat little M1 Carbine.
    That has GOT to be my next rifle. (After the AK.:rolleyes: )

    KR
    P.S. How many of you have had the "pleasure" of an "M1 Thumb"? Did you do it more than once?:p HAHAHAHA..OUCH!
    Just thinking about it made my thumb hurt!
     
  12. El Rojo

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    All three! Then start on the Thompson. If I weren't in the PRK I would save up for a Thompson. Long live Band of Brothers for inspiring us all to buy good guns.
     
  13. Bostonterrier97

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    What about a Semi-Auto BAR or a Tommygun?
     
  14. Gewehr98

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    Depends on the movie, I guess...

    Garands have it in sheer preponderance:

    m1garandbench.gif

    But having watched Saving Private Ryan several times, a certain 1903A4 kept calling my name:

    03a4rightsmall.gif
     
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    Kevlarman...

    "There's nothing like BLAM BLAM BLAM PING!"

    You have a funny rifle. Mine goes BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM PING!
     
  16. BamBam-31

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    Thanks for the replies, folks.

    Alas, like our friend El Rojo, we are Kalifornians. :cuss:

    Otherwise, the Tommygun would be uber-kewl! :D

    I'd still take the Garand first, though.

    Currahee!!
     
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    US Rifle Cal .30 M1

    Popularly known as "The Garand". THE definitive US Military Rifle of WWII.

    The M1 Carbine is a decent weapon for short range light recoil quick handling applications..i.e truck gun

    The 1903-A3 and variants are an excellent choice in bolt-actions.

    But I will still prefer the M1 [Garand] over the others. 8 rounds, .30-06, fast to reload with the en-bloc clips, more accuracy than I can use [Ask the Camp Perry shooters...guys hitting dinner plate-size targets at 900+ yards] and Reliable.
    As long as you feed the M1 decent ammo, it WILL go Bang! every time you mash the trigger.
     
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    M1 Garand!!
     
  20. Joe Demko

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    None of the above. If I ever buy a WWII rifle, I'll spring for a Johnson auto rifle.
     
  21. El Rojo

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    Good point Gologo-13. I changed my mind. Get a Browning M2 .50! Full Auto of course. Sometimes I want to get a FFL just so I can have all of the stuff the bastards won't let us have.
     
  22. standingbear

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    get the garand. the danish ammo already on the clips are really cheap now.you can also keep the 06 ammo in the 8 shot en bloc clips pretty much indefinatly.carbines are fun too but much shorter range.get one that is mechanically excellent and refinish the stock.
     
  23. Andrew Wyatt

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    if you get the -03, you can shoot in the obsolite military bolt action rifle match. ;)
     
  24. ReadyontheRight

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    Garand. From CMP.

    As far as which gun during WW2 -- depending on your role and the situation, the Thompson Gun also seems a good WW2 option. It's funny how many of those you see in the modern WW2 movies. Maybe the actors pick them up because they can.
     
  25. BamBam-31

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    Where are my manners?

    Gewehr98, those are two beautiful rifles, my friend. And the infamous red stand, to boot! :D

    BTW, does the Danish ammo pass the magnet test? I call the local rangemaster Sergeant Magneto. Good guy, and he's pretty good about enforcing safety rules, but he has an uncanny ability to sniff out the contraband. I can't even shoot my Lake City stuff there.
     
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