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Old March 1, 2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Pics of the Garand

Here she is:



And with the evil bayonet attached:



Now just to get to the range.....

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Old March 1, 2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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Cool!
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Old March 1, 2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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Now that I think about it....

This is my only semi-auto rifle so not only do I get to talk Garands on here, I get to actually post in the semi-auto forum...LOL. I have been on the lever, bolt rifle forum only for far too long.

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Old March 1, 2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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is that a new production from Springfield? i know they dont make them any more, but if i recall correctly they did a small run a few years ago.
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Old March 1, 2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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It is.....

A "Special Service Grade" H&R from the CMP. They put like-new 95% metal from an H&R one in new wood. I am trying to figure out where they get 95% metal from that needs new wood - one would think if the metal was that good, the wood would be also. 1950's production.

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Old March 1, 2013, 09:53 PM   #6
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Looks great! One day I will need one of these... if any are left by the time I'm ready to buy one.
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Old March 1, 2013, 09:56 PM   #7
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those special grades sure look nice but in the end I decided to go with the service grade... somehow I just like those beat up old war horses.
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Old March 1, 2013, 10:17 PM   #8
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Most of that metal looks like it has been re-Parkerized.

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Old March 1, 2013, 10:21 PM   #9
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Very nice, let us know how it shoots!
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Old March 2, 2013, 03:08 AM   #10
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Re: Pics of the Garand

Nice, would love to have one.
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Old March 2, 2013, 05:13 AM   #11
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Just so prospective buyers know, the less expensive grades such as Field are perfectly serviceable for general use. They're half the cost of a Special grade.
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Old March 2, 2013, 09:06 AM   #12
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Chris is correct^^^^^

I really only wanted a Service grade as I intend to shoot it, not put it away as a collectors piece. But dang it, I made the mistake of actually going to the store instead of just ordering one and they had no Field or Service grades....that thing just latched onto me and followed me out the door.....with a bayo and 400 rounds of ammo. Really, if you don't have much self-control just order one and wait. LOL.

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Old March 2, 2013, 12:55 PM   #13
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Garands

Are running out, so for those wanting a shooter you'll need to get cracking.
Many years ago when the first boat load of Greek returns hit the CMP they graded them all as Rack Grade. Selling for $295 guys were snapping them up and the CMP put a 12 piece limit on them. I got a real nice one of them, it did need a real deep cleaning and the wood had plenty of "character". It is wonderful what a lot of TLC can do.
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Old March 2, 2013, 03:47 PM   #14
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Thanks for sharing, I sent my paper work out about 2 weeks ago and am waiting for my service grade HRA now. Really hoping it doesn't take anywhere near as long as they've posted on their website but it could I guess. CMP recently changed the rules on NY orders and will now only ship to an FFL in NYS, hopefully that won't delay my order too bad. Your rifle looks really nice but I would agree that it looks like it's been re-parkerized (wouldn't be an issue for me).

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Old March 3, 2013, 12:45 PM   #15
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Interesting update....

Here is what I recieved from the CMP when I inquired where the "95% metal" comes from:

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On our Service Grade Special rifle, we received the metal just as you see it. We received the rifle (complete) without the wood. Our best guess is
that what you have is just the way it came from the factory and never issued
or fired (other than testing at the factory. For some reason, the military
removed the wood. All we did was install the wood (and the metal parts that
go on the wood (butt plate, screws, etc.).
It appears they have spare parts that just need wood. Interesting.
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Old March 3, 2013, 01:40 PM   #16
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That's very cool and makes for a nice rifle. You should be very happy with it, make sure you give us a range report on it when you get to the range.

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Old March 3, 2013, 06:55 PM   #17
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Nice!

That is a beautiful looking rifle! Nice find!
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Old March 3, 2013, 07:14 PM   #18
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Springfield Armory Service Grade

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Old March 3, 2013, 08:24 PM   #19
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Man that is one sweet looking piece of work
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Old March 4, 2013, 05:50 AM   #20
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got a local deal pending

800 for a 5.5 million serial, in excellent metal with original stock, dinged but with visible grain stripes.
its a face to face with no travel, and comes with the CMP case and COA.
I dont plan on shooting her, but would like to still be secure in my investment with the upcoming legislation. I figure the savings on shipping, and FFL fees, the cost will be about the same.
Muzzle is a 1, and the throat and receiver look mint.

I guess the only thing to do is pull the trigger.
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Old March 4, 2013, 06:34 AM   #21
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Nice...like the bayonet !!
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Old March 4, 2013, 10:24 AM   #22
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Quote:
Interesting update....
Here is what I recieved from the CMP when I inquired where the "95% metal" comes from:

Quote:
Quote:
On our Service Grade Special rifle, we received the metal just as you see it. We received the rifle (complete) without the wood. Our best guess is
that what you have is just the way it came from the factory and never issued
or fired (other than testing at the factory. For some reason, the military
removed the wood. All we did was install the wood (and the metal parts that
go on the wood (butt plate, screws, etc.)
.
It appears they have spare parts that just need wood. Interesting.
Very nice Garand. That is a interesting reply from CMP. I was under the impression that CMP used parts that were well within spec and re-parked or re-blued as needed for the "special" grades.

I've had rack and service grades and wanted something that shot better. I ended up going with new wood, new Krieger barrel and reparked parts from the "Grand Guy". Well worth it.


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Old March 5, 2013, 11:44 PM   #23
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You Guys Ain't no good!

I've only had black rifles, but looking at the fine lines and the wood grain of "just an avg garand" is making my mouth water. I'll have the money for property taxes in a couple of weeks, but...........
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Old March 6, 2013, 10:59 AM   #24
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Sell a black rifle^^^^

For what they are going for these days, should be plenty to get you at least a Service Garand. And give your gun collection a dose of history and class at the same time...LOL.

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Old March 6, 2013, 04:59 PM   #25
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The CMP Specials or "Special Grade" are reparks with new Criterion barrels and new wood; Service Grade Specials are original finish metal. I have both, and and SGS is new, correct grade metal. The metal on the CMP Special is in very good condition, but many parts show a bit of wear under the repark.
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