View Full Version : New Springfield Armory M1 Garand

Matt Sutton
November 8, 2001, 08:33 PM
I stopped in by the local shop today on the way to pick up dinner. This is a shop that carries new guns only. The second I saw the racks, it stood out like a sore thumb. 'Twas a brand spankin new M1 Garand. I initially thought it was one of the IAI models, but when I saw the "Made in Italy" stamp across the side of the receiver, I knew it was a Springfield as they have contracted with Beretta to manufacture the receivers.
The most striking aspect was the wood. It sported very nicely figured walnut, although I was dissappointed with the fit between the stock and the handguard. The stock was much fatter than the handguard, creating a large ridge. I suppose this is common, but it still didn't appeal to my eye.
The other thing that got me was its pure lack of charachter. I've personally never seen a Garand without a scratch and a ding or two. It was just weird to see one in "perfect" condition.

Now the kicker.....price. How much would you pay for this fine rifle? $1000? $2000? No! It could have been mine for $799+tax! Not bad, IMO. I personally would still consider getting one from CMP or used market however. A Garand just needs to have "soul".

November 8, 2001, 11:00 PM
NIB M1 Garand. Receiver marked "Beretta."

November 9, 2001, 01:27 AM
If I'm not mistaken, Beretta made Garands for the Italian army shortly after WW2 with expertise and so forth from the US. They should be pretty good, but I couldn't pay that much for when there's US issue originals for $300 less.

January 4, 2009, 07:14 PM
Apologies to the members and the moderators. I meant to choose 'no' to the bump warning about an old post but had a brain fart and here's where I am.
Mods, please remove this.
Again, apologies,