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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Dec 2010 3:20 p.m. PST

I'm not a WWII reenactor but I've long wanted to get myself an M1 Garand. They are just cool. The other week a local gun shop which specializes in surplus weapons got a shipment of 30 M1s. I picked up a very nice one for a very reasonable price. Some of them were quite expensive but I understand that's due to who manufactured it. I got a standard Springfield Armory issue and it seems to be in excellent condition. The metal and bore is in fine shape. One piece of wood, the rear upper stock, is kind of beat up but I found a replacement piece on-line for $20.00.

I haven't shot it yet, but I plan to do that after the new year.

kyoteblue Inactive Member01 Dec 2010 3:37 p.m. PST

Good for you !!!!

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2010 4:52 p.m. PST

Owning one over here is a nightmare, so I settled for a replica. Looks pretty nice overall, little lighter than a real one, but still pretty hefty.

pmwalt01 Dec 2010 5:53 p.m. PST

Congrats! You should be happy with it.

CraigSpiel Inactive Member01 Dec 2010 6:03 p.m. PST

Have fun with it. I have always wanted to fire one.

combatpainter Fezian Inactive Member01 Dec 2010 6:26 p.m. PST

Cool! Would like one myself.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Dec 2010 7:37 p.m. PST

I need to get one. I aleardy have the bayonet.

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member01 Dec 2010 8:17 p.m. PST

I'm jealous.

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Dec 2010 9:37 p.m. PST

Scott, want a bayonet? Maybe a helmet?

picture (check out the folder for the whole lot)


CPT Jake Inactive Member02 Dec 2010 4:30 a.m. PST

And I thought 'He has an Abrams! Cool, but I'd hate to have to pay for the gas.'

Congrats on the purchase, even if it is not a tank.


pphalen Inactive Member02 Dec 2010 4:54 a.m. PST

That's what I thought, too, Jake!
Maybe you could convert to bio-diesel and save?

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member02 Dec 2010 5:43 a.m. PST

Be careful with ammo.
Some of the commercial loads are too "hot" for the Garand.

mad monkey 102 Dec 2010 8:35 a.m. PST

M-1 Garand, highpower goodness. Used to you could check the CMP for good M-1 deals. Got mine from a friend who is a member. Awesome rifle.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2010 9:18 a.m. PST

I remember when you could buy a Garand at the local Woolworth's for $100 USD :) Wish I'd gotten a few when I had the chance.

Tachikoma02 Dec 2010 2:18 p.m. PST

Love that rifle. I got mine (also a Springfield Armory) through the CMP and never regretted buying it.

Just watch your thumb….

quidveritas Inactive Member02 Dec 2010 2:21 p.m. PST

I have personally experienced the joys of M-1 thumb. I can't say this is a weapon I would wish to 'experience' again.

You all enjoy yours -- I'm going to stick with something more forgiving.


Klebert L Hall Inactive Member03 Dec 2010 6:47 a.m. PST

I have personally experienced the joys of M-1 thumb. I can't say this is a weapon I would wish to 'experience' again.

You know, when you aren't in a war you don't have to load them that way…

Just use two hands and hold the bolt back until the clip is seated in the magazine, then release. Voila, no smashed thumb.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Dec 2010 11:06 a.m. PST

My father told a story about when he was in basic training during WWII. He had been an avid target shooter (.22 on a 50 ft range) before the war and his own rifle called for the eye to be very close to the rear sight. He tried that with an M1 and got "M1 Lip" where the reciever smashed him in the mouth, not once, but twice! (The joys of a semi-automatic). I shall endeavor to avoid both M1 Thumb and M1 Lip :)

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member02 Mar 2011 11:18 a.m. PST


I was just talking about M-1 thumb yesterday.

I remember when the going rate was $200-$250. Afraid to ask what a 'good price' is in the current market.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Mar 2011 11:54 a.m. PST

Actually, the one I got was only $325.00 USD and is in very good condition (or so it seems, haven't actually fired it yet). Some of the 'collectors' models from the rarer manufacturers were going for $600-$800. I've seen a few absolutley mint condition ones going for $1,200.00 USD

Grand Duke Natokina Inactive Member30 Mar 2011 9:18 p.m. PST

A very good price. Our local Big has a couple of M1 Cabines for about $800 USD apiece. I want a carbine--carried one in Nam--but not at that price.

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