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Racso_MS
December 30, 2010, 11:49 AM
I noticed there are different prices for the CMP service grade M1 Garands depending on the manufacture (Winchester, Springfield, H/R). Is there a difference in the quality and if not why the difference in the price. Thanks.

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Oscar

BombthePeasants
December 30, 2010, 12:12 PM
Read carefully on the page, it lists the criteria as to what defines a Service Grade, Field Grade, Special Grade, etc.

As far as manufacturers are concerned, Winchesters are by far the most desirable, thus the extra price.

HKGuns
December 30, 2010, 12:21 PM
The Winchesters are more expensive because fewer of them were made, same thing for H&R. The lower production numbers make them more scarce and thus more desirable to individuals. Also, Winchesters were only WW2 production, so you're essentially guaranteed to get a WW2 rifle when you buy a Winchester Garand.

overland
December 30, 2010, 03:14 PM
There's no difference in quality - all service grades have the same features. The price difference is due to manufacturer. Some are more popular/rare/desireable than others.

Tim R
December 30, 2010, 08:52 PM
The worse M-1 Garands produced were Winchester. Winchester get a higher price because, well they were made by Winchester.

There is a M-1 gun plumber who is well known in So Cal. with the high power crowd, or at least used to be anyways. The wood on his rifles are blond. He won't match tune a Winchester.

During WWII Springfield and Winchester were the only two manf's. of M-1 Garand Rifles. Post WWII you have Springfield, H&R and IHC. Any other Manf. is not USGI.

And yes, I had to get a Winchester service grade just to have a Winchester.

Racso_MS
December 30, 2010, 09:03 PM
I understand the Navy and Coast Guard had a .308 version of the M1. Why the difference in calibre and what advantage would the .308 have over the 30-06.

32 Magnum
December 30, 2010, 10:07 PM
The Navy .308s were done in the mid 1950's to take advantage of the large stock of Garands and the newly introduced 7.62x52 NATO rifle round. Early attempts at conversion involved chamber inserts and did not prove to be effective. Later conversions involved barrel swaps. The NAVY or more accurately the DOD felt that the Navy and CG didn't need to acquire the M14 Battle Rifle as their needs for a high power rifle were somewhat limited and the Garand would fill those needs very well - AND - the BRs were needed to equip the USMC and USArmy with a replacement for the "obsolete" M1.

Tim R
December 31, 2010, 12:47 AM
It was the Navy who built the Mark 1 and Mark II 308 M-1's. The Navy's service rifle has been the last rifle before the current service rifle for the Army and Marines. Even today the Navy's Service rifle is the M-14. Yeah there might be a few Seal units with something a lot more fun but if the Sailors need to repell boarders it's going to be with a Ma Duce and M-14's.