JimK, you are free to hold your opinion. I'm simply trying to tell you what the facts are. The assertion that "nobody" called it a Garand is simply not true. Yes, it was known as the M1 and that was how it was referred to by nearly everyone, but the military had also referred to it as a Garand.
As for if I ever get to see one....
Well, I've got eight of them in my gun safe right now, and they are very nice to look at.
Even more fun to shoot.