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Why Not a M1 Garand?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Welding Rod, Feb 9, 2012.

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  1. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Member

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    If you are a gun enthusiast and don't own a M1 Garand, why not?

    Don't like iron sights? Don't like .30-06? Don't want an old beat up gun? Hard to find one? Too expensive? ???

    Just curious.
     
  2. DCoke

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    Don't own one......yet!
    I want more than a showpiece. I want a shooter as well. Finding one that is reliable and safe to shoot and still be a joy to look at too....
     
  3. tyeo098

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    Too expensive for me.

    The cheap ones tend to be eaten up.
     
  4. jmstevens2

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    CMP has a bunch that have new barrels and new walnut stocks and have been refinished for $995. I got a service grade H&R, but I think I am going to order one of these now. They are sweet! And with new barrels they will be great shooters. The work is all done by the arsenal at Ft McClellan so it will be right.
     
  5. cthulhufan

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    Love everything about 'em except the price.
     
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    I wanted one for years! When I finally got one...the price was RIGHT! My family got me one for Christmas three years ago! :what::D

    I just plain love having it in my safe...and on my shoulder at the range. I'm no crack shot and many would show me up bad at a match...but nobody has more fun pulling that trigger. It goes well with the .30 carbine, too. :D

    Mark
     
  8. ShawnC

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    Have one in 7.62. Love it.

    But perhaps it's not for some people. The M1A is a great gun, why doesn't everyone have one of those? Or a 1911? The list goes on. It can be heavy for some people, some people prefer a scope or a different round.
     
  9. why.kyle

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    Price is the only reason. Im starting out Im my firearm collection so I need rifles that are a bit more purpose driven.. but its on my list... as soon as I can afford it.
     
  10. Redbearded1

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    Too expensive and hard to find. Would love to get my grubby little fingers on one though.
     
  11. briansmithwins

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    Owned one.

    8 round mags you can't top off suck.

    I was living in a desert and wearing your guts on the outside the M1 picks up a lot of garbage.

    No night sights available.

    BSW
     
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    Have one, gave $600 for it in '05.

    I don't shoot it that much, but its not going anywhere.
     
  13. mljdeckard

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    It's on the list, I'll get one eventually.

    It would be purely for fun and history. I already have scoped '06s I use for other things, I won't shoot better with the Garand's iron sights It's just something to have to crank through expensive ammo. But eventually I want examples of all of the widely-used rifles of the 20th century.
     
  14. Dr.Rob

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    I went to buy one in 94 before the AWB passed.. and I couldn't find one in my budget AT ALL(think I had $700 on me at the time). I came home with an AK that I never really enjoyed shooting. Garands haven't gotten any cheaper since. ;)
     
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    Ah but you can. The clip can be ejected, filled and reinstalled. The CMP is the only place IMHO to get M-1. It will be the real deal. Even at the CMP prices you will never hurt your self value wise.
     
  16. briansmithwins

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    Try doing that in the dark, with wet hands, in between volleys of chicom hand grenades.

    BSW
     
  17. critter

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    I have 2. One is a DCM gun. (Remember them? Now CMP.) The other is a new one made by Springifield. The second one I'd sell-not that it isn't a wonderful gun. BUT the other I paid $165 for from DCM and is a Korean War era gun that I'll just keep--just 'cause I like it, like to shoot it and would like to hear its stories.
     
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    Wow... what shooting range do you go to? :eek:

    The Garand is definitely an interesting and historical rifle, but alas, I find myself with limited funds and unlimited wants.... its just not close enough to the top of my list... yet.
     
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    I do not own one and never will. The 30-06 is an okay cartridge but the weight of the Garand is more appropriate for a 458 than the 30-06. Also, I am not fond of self loaders. For me, rimmed cartridges that start with .4 and go up are the ones I look toward purchasing.
     
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    I'll bet just about every shooter wants a Garand. I suspect there is always some concern about the fact that it isn't really 30-'06 in the modern sense in that one must use ammo in a very narrow range of bullet weight and pressure within the entire 30-'06 spectrum.

    So for me, while on the list, an '03 Springfield or Model of 1917 Enfield in 30-'06 are higher because I could shoot any and all sporting 30-'06 in those rifles.

    I expect a few folks have been at least slowed down on their quest for a Garand by this ammo question.
     
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    This goes for me as well...
     
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    I have one of the "New" Springfield Armory M1's in .308. That puppy is a pure pleasure to shoot. Weight?? Makes for a very stable platform!! The best battle sights ever!! You will be amazed at how fast you can reload a Garand with practice. Buy lots of en block clips and go for it!!!
    Have two M1A's in the safe and almost always grab the M1 instead before heading to the range!!:)
     
  23. Bojangles7

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    That and the price have been my reasons for not getting one. Sure I'd like to have one, but I can't see enjoying it 2-3X more than my K31 or gustafs 1896.
     
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    My favorite rifle! :)
     
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    I have a "collector grade" Winchester. Haven't shot it in at least 15yrs.

    Would I buy one now? No. They're way over priced for nothing more than a shooter grade rifle. Same with the Carbine. I have 3 of those that I bought back in the late 70s. I paid 160.00 each for them and all three are collector grade guns, not "parts guns" as most are that are found today. Last I checked the shooter grade carbines are bringing over 700.00... and there's about a million more of them in circulation now than back when I bought mine. So even with "inflation" those guns shouldn't be selling for more than about $450-$500 for a shooter grade gun.

    But so long as uneducated schmucks will pay ridiculous prices for them they'll continue to go up.... the supply and demand is there for now, but the time will come when it will come crashing back down. Just like the ARs and AKs did. In my opinion the ARs are still a bit overpriced. And SKS rifles are way overpriced... especially when you consider they were imported at about $20 each.
     
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