View Full Version : New M1 Garand

September 15, 2012, 08:50 AM
I shot my M1 garand for the first time yesterday. It was great! I grouped about 3 inches at 100 yards, but I know I can do better. Do people accessorise these? This is the CAI model. I read some not so great reviews on them, but mine functions perfect and shoots pretty accurate.

September 15, 2012, 12:06 PM
Congrats, I got mine from CMP this summer and I love mine too ... the only accessories I put on mine was a khaki web sling .... and about 20 en bloc clips

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September 15, 2012, 12:14 PM
The only accessory you need is paper targets. :D

September 15, 2012, 09:17 PM
CAI M1 rifles are cast receiver

Nothing particularly wrong with that, but everything I have read about the CAI M1s indicates they are 50/50 good/bad. You seem to have a good one

What do you mean by 'accessorize'? Rails, that sort of thing?

There are 'scout' rails that replace an M1's rear handguard


September 16, 2012, 12:26 AM
The only accessories you need are a nice leather sling and more Enbloc clips :cool:

September 16, 2012, 01:02 AM
No accessories, keep that thing classic! I like registering coyote kills with my 30-06 Garand. Only rifle I have that wears iron sights and I like it that way!

September 16, 2012, 01:20 AM
Not a lucky M1 owner myself, but congrats!! I do agree with other posters in saying that there's nothing to accessorize on your rifle. I am constantly searching for accessories for my guns (and my rifles are all milsurps) because I have extra cash hanging around, and then I wise up and realize that I don't need any of that junk. Get yourself some clips, a decent sling and plenty of ammo. Keep the irons on that bad boy. Nobody scopes a Garand. Well, maybe somebody. No friend of mine!

September 16, 2012, 01:34 AM
Nobody scopes a Garand. Well, maybe somebody. No friend of mine!

Not sure why anyone would, that's not why you get a Garand after all.

September 16, 2012, 06:10 AM

Guys, this is not a "classic" USGI M1 Garand being discussed. It's a commercial copy, made by Century Arms Inc. It is not an historic firearm. :)

Plenty of M1 rifles had scopes by the way. They were the M1C and M1D sniper variants

Here is Staff Sergeant John E. Boitnott, USMC in Korea with an M1C

September 16, 2012, 06:11 AM
The Garand was scoped by the military. Google M1D. It's not a easy rifle to scope and it's offset. All the M1 Garand needs is a sling and a tube of grease.

A few NM parts and a Kreiger barrel is nice to add.


September 16, 2012, 06:14 AM
MCB, you beat me while my pic was uploading to photobucket! :D

September 16, 2012, 06:20 AM
Outstanding photo Chris!!

Big Shrek
September 16, 2012, 09:28 AM
Sling it...and attend an Appleseed if you haven't already so you'll know how to use a sling if you aren't former/retired military. ;)

Bed it. You want precision out of a rifle, start with bedding.

Then a trigger job...

That's about it...

September 16, 2012, 09:43 AM
Plenty of M1 rifles had scopes by the way. They were the M1C and M1D sniper variants

Your picture can't be right, I was always told you can't be a shooter and a smoker.

But you're right about scopes on Garands. We had a few.


Big Shrek
September 16, 2012, 09:52 AM
You can be a shooter & a smoker, but smoker's are 50 times more likely to end up being targets themselves...

I can track a smoker by SMELL alone in the woods...but most of 'em are sloppy and throw butts all over the place...
those that field-strip their dead ciggy's and bury 'em at least keep us from finding the butts...
(Army Sgt's had a way of dealing with those who tossed butts in the field...
hadda dig a 6'x6'x3' Grave for a Ciggy Butt...usually didn't happen twice ;) )

The red end of a ciggy can be seen for a LONG distance...the lighter/match flame even farther...
makes a real nice target at night!

But the smell...that's very trackable...smoking kills your sense of smell so you can't tell how much of a scent trail you leave...
but us former smokers...we'll find you...like a Rottweiler chasing an kid on a tricycle, you got no chance at all ;)

September 16, 2012, 10:06 AM
It was different when I first joined the army.

It was smoking if you got 'em.

During smoke brakes, we smoked. Non smokers were put on details, (picking up our butts).

The VC/NVA couldn't smell our smokes over the crap that they smoked.

Besides we had ponchos to cover our smoking.

I was assigned a new be one time. We were set up in our position and I was teaching him how to smoke without being detected. All went well until he flipped the lit but in front of our position.

I promptly administered corporal punishment.

Any way my smoking comment was a joke. I shot depite of my smoking, not because of it.

September 16, 2012, 10:42 AM

Are you in that picture or were you taking it?

September 16, 2012, 10:58 AM

Are you in that picture or were you taking it?

I'm the dude standing up behind the spotting scope, with my hand in my pocket setting a good example for the elisted troops.

That was taken at one of my sniper schools when we used the M1C/Ds.

September 16, 2012, 11:06 PM
Here are a couple of the items I have acquired for my M1.

A stock pouch that holds two clips, from olongao outfitters.
Kind of like the carbine magazine pouch. A little bit of money but they are really high quality U.S.A. made stuff. (I like the snap version better than the Velcro.)


I also bought a ported gas plug from Garand Gear. I don't shoot any hunting loads, only HXP. It still cycles just fine and puts a little less stress on the op rod.


I had Mike at Lone Star Guns do a trigger job, for $50. + shipping. It breaks just under 5lbs (like a glass rod). Way better than the way it came from the CMP.


Also put a N.M. front sight on, picked up a sling and an ammo belt.