My first C&R Rifle 1943 garand

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  1. KaTooM

    KaTooM

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    I am pretty excited to have purchased an M1 Garand sn indicates 1943 build(20 years before I was born) my father was just volunteering for the Navy that year he was 17 WWII :whistling: He ended up on the USS Devastator

    http://www.mine-sweepers.com/devastator4.htm

    Looks like a good shooter from what I can tell(no experience with this platform) I have included pictures with details for comment of what I really have.

    Have enough ammo to test fire it tomorrow.

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  2. KaTooM

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    beautiful rifle, and in good condition

    watch out for the Garand thumb:supergrin:
     
  4. Brucev

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    Excellent example of Garand's masterpiece! You can get lots of good information on your rifle at the CMP website. Also try the Garand forum of Culver Shooting Page. For ammo, please keep in mind that the M-1 was designed with a particular port pressure in mind. You need to use standard M-2 ball for best function. I have been owning, shooting and in general enjoying M-1 rifles for over 20 years. I wish you the best with your new M-1 Garand! Sincerely. Brucev.
     
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    Congrats!!! i love my Garand! :hearts:
     
  6. KaTooM

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    I have one battle pack of M2 ball to shoot, I have a SA M1A loaded for about 5 years and know about the heavy ammo issues with semi autos. The best part is getting to know her...

    Range report to follow!
     
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    Very nice M-1 !!!
     
  8. hogship

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    A Garand is a great addition to any collection.......one you will cherish for the rest of your life.

    My Dad enlisted one week after Pearl Harbor.....!

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  9. den308

    den308 NOT A COOK

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    Good luck!! I have three of them, excellent platform. Like a previous post stated stick with M-2 ball ammo. If you reload then use medium burning powders such as IMR 4895, IMR 4064, or Varget. The later being my choice since it is less temperature sensitive. Do not go heavier than 185 gr. bullets.
     
  10. chris in va

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    Insanely jealous, especially the date.
     
  11. m2hmghb

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    I've got a 1.59 million myself. Looking it over it's a typical mixmaster. The rear sight is postwar, the operating rod is one of the last made, the trigger housing was made in 44. You did get lucky with that follower rod, it's a short fork and probably original to the rifle. If I were you I would buy a replacement for it, they're not too expensive, but that short fork is worth a bit more money.

    Are there any cartouches on the wood? Stamp markings that is.

    A good book on the M1 is "The M1 Garand: World War II" by Scott A. Duff.


    Oh and I almost forgot, I would get a new op rod spring for it from Orion 7 enterprises, if possible you may want to replace all the springs. You never know how long they've been in the rifle so it's usually a good idea to start fresh.
     
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    Nice M1, looks like it has been well maintained. Hows the availability of the ammo blocs? Make sure to give a range report
     
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    I love it! I hope you have as much fun as I've had with mine!
     
  14. KaTooM

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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I am going to order some extra springs as suggested. I do have 48 rounds of M2 ball already on clips, I have been searching around and this stuff is going for $1 a round! :shocked:

    Anyone have a good souce for non magnetic ammo? My local range does a magnet test and if it sticks no dice.
     
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    The greatest battle implement ever designed.
     
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    thecmp.org will be getting a shipment for sale in a couple months. If you aren't in an approved club then join the Garand Collector's Association for 25 a year.

    What date is the barrel? Find any cartouches on the stock?
     
  17. KaTooM

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    No cartouches just an S on the bottom. I will look into the Garand collector Association so I can buy from CMP. Thanks for the heads up.

    Barrel is marked S-A-46
     
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    Congratulations on your purchase! I have six M1s myself...I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!

    According to Scott Duff's book, your M1 was probably manufactured in July 1943.

    Your -12SA ("dash twelve", in collector-speak) bolt is within the correct range for your rifle, as is the "short fork" follower rod.

    The -14 trigger group housing is a 1944 part...your rifle originally had a -12.

    Your barrel is a 1946 SA replacement barrel. Your operating rod is a post-Korean War part. The T105 rear sight is a post-WW2 upgrade. The stock is also a replacement part.
     
  19. KaTooM

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    Wow, thanks for all the great info on my rifle.