M1 Garand-(picture heavy)

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  1. norton

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    Saturday morning at the rifle range. It was snowing, but just at freezing temps, with light wind. Perfect rifle range weather.
    I had my Korean war era M1 Garand with my own reloads of 30.06. This photo is at the 200 yard back stop, looking toward the firing line.
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    My reloads. Mixed cases, Winchester Large Rifle primers, 47.0 grains of 4895 under a Hornady 150 grain jacketed bullet.
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    First target was a Gallon milk jug at the 200 yard berm. When I walked back to the firing line it was obvious I could not see the jug. I got my spotting scope out and was able to locate it, but going back to the irons I still could not see it even though I had a pretty good idea where it should be. So I walked back to the berm and put one of my old sock hats on it

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    A classic reload for a classic rifle. I hope you shoot both well.
     
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    Got back to the firing line, still couldn't see it or the hat that covered the jug but some more use of the spotting scope and I figured out where it was located based on some downed tree limbs that were laying on the berm. Took my first shot, saw something move on the berm, walked up to the firing line and there it was. Laying on the ground with all the water gone.

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    I also shot at 100 yards (this time unsupported, off hand, and popped another water filled jug on the berm. The liter coke bottle had water in it. No more.

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    This all got started last night when I was watching "Band of Brothers". I had not had the old war horse out in a while, so I figured today was as good as any day. American troopers in WW2 were well armed with this rifle. When I think of the other small arms infantry rifles carried by other nations-the Mosin, Mauser, Enfield, Arisaka-the American soldier carried by far the best weapon IMO.
     
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    Nice shooting. Nice rifle. Crappy hat. :)
     
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    That's great. I want a Garand but low on my need list. Hope Trump opens up importing them again.
     
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    Saw a nice one at a gun show 3-4 years ago. Price was too rich for my blood. Held it a few times, and realized just how heavy they are. Glad you have a good one to shoot. Maybe someday for me.
     
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    Every man needs an M1 Garand ... 8 semi-auto rounds that'll stop anything on the planet.

    These rifles speak to you in a way that no other rifle can ... literally saved the free world from tyranny. These absolutely changed the game in WWII, stopped Chinese "human wave" attacks in Korea, and are still in use in conflicts today. Recently saw one pictured in Syria.

    My advice ... save your coins and get one fast ... these have continually shown excellent appreciation, with a few plateaus here and there, but excellent trend over time.

    Props to the OP some nice iron sight shooting.

    I do the CMP 200 yard competitions here and there and M1 Garands are regarding as having some of the best iron sights of any battle rifle.
     
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    The weight really makes them shoot soft. Mine <<< is a .308 and is a real *****cat with Atomic 168 grain match ammo. I just wish I were better with iron sights.
     
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    Bengals fan? Surely not the Brownies? :clown:
     
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    I bought mine about 20 years ago. iirc it was right at $400. The stock is a replacement, and like many of these it was re arsenaled by the military at some point.
    My load today is at the low end. It fired and ejected well. I forgot to pick up extra clips, and only had one with me, so I refilled it every 8 rounds. I have watched several you tube video's where people use metal detectors on former battle grounds in Europe. I would think these clips would be found regularly. They must be all over the place.
     
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    Don't let the address fool you. Used to eat with my wife at a local buffet south of Lakewood Co. near where she worked at a little Sears store.

    You didn't want to get there AFTER these guys. Slim pickings on the buffet.

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    I love M1's; have three. This is my favorite; CMP M1D Sniper with an M84 scope. Won a chance to buy it in a CMP lottery.

    Ammo the Westie approves

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    Very nice. How does the sniper shoot?
     
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    Nothing special; minute of man at 600 yards with mil surplus ammo, but it's the thought that counts. This was certified by CMP to be a real Sniper; not built up from parts. Paid $1300 years ago, worth a lot more now.

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