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Old February 18, 2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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M1 garand 308 tanker for an AR 15

I had a person offer me an M1 garand 308 tanker for my AR 15. My AR is "suped" up a bit with a free float rail light and laser. should I do it?
this is my only AR.
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Old February 18, 2013, 11:12 AM   #2
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If you want an M1, get a Service Grade 30-06 rifle from the CMP for $625. It will be an awesome rifle. If you want a .308 Garand, get one of the CMP .308 Specials for about $1000. That said, your AR-15 is almost certainly worth more money than either Garand in today's market. My advice - keep the AR and save up for a CMP rifle.

Most "Tanker" Garands are bastardized bubba-creations. The only Tankers I'd trust would be those from Schuff's.
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Old February 18, 2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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Some tankers work and some don't. It depends on who did the conversion. Buyer beware.
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Old February 19, 2013, 07:27 AM   #4
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No. Unless that gun was made by Beretta as in BM-59, I wouldn't touch it. beretta reengineered the op rod, making it straighter. A gun plumber made Tanker will eventually destroy itself.
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Old February 19, 2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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If it was a nice BM59, I would say go for it. The BM59 will be worth more than your average AR in the long run.
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Old February 19, 2013, 09:26 PM   #6
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I've always wanted a Tanker in .308, but the quality can be all over the board. Schuff's are supposed to be OK, and I would trust the rifles made by Genesco Springfield Armory and sold commercially back in the 80's.

That's about all.
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Old February 21, 2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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There is no such thing as a tanker. They are butchered M1 Garands. Buy a "real" Garand.
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Old February 21, 2013, 09:03 PM   #8
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Bought a "tanker" from a LGS while at UGA in the early 70's. It had a shortened garand gas system and barrel. And a m-14 trigger group so that it took a m-14 mag in .308. The stock was thicker than most and had m-11 and alpine on the pistol grip bottom. There was only a serial number on the reciever. And in that area the reciever had a dark pinkish color.

It was a handfull to shot due to the length. There was a crack that developed as it was shot in the trigger group where the mag was inserted. The LGS told me that they had to order the new part from Italy to fix the rifle. I think that I still have the broken part in my warehouse. Will look to see what the numbers on it next time I go to the warehouse.

It was a great gun, you just had to have some body weight to control it.
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Old February 23, 2013, 12:15 AM   #9
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Here's what you do.

Sell the AR. Call the CMP, fill out the paperwork and pick up two Special Grade M1's. Shoot them and smirk knowing they will double in value in a few years.

If I had some disposable income, my safe would be filled with M1's.
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Old February 23, 2013, 01:14 AM   #10
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Are M1's legal to buy in Cali through CMP?
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Old February 24, 2013, 01:03 PM   #11
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Only problem with CMP is that you have to be a member of a club, which, other than the NRA, I'm not right now.
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Old February 24, 2013, 02:53 PM   #12
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The club membership requirement can be met with a $20 membership to "GCA"(garand collectors association). It includes 4 quarterly magazines also. CMP will sign you up. Don't let that slow you down.
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Old February 25, 2013, 03:51 AM   #13
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I signed up for the VFW. Big deal.
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Old February 27, 2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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Not only are many "Tanker Garands" iffy on functioning, a lot of them were made from M1 "cut and weld" receivers that had been de-milled by cutting in half. The pieces were sold as scrap then bought by people who welded pieces back together.

There were a number of problems with that business, including the lack of knowledge about why the receivers were scrapped in the first place, and the fact that the front and back parts were always from different rifles. Also, if the welding was not done properly, the lower receiver bridge can be out of spec and the gun can slam fire.

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Old March 1, 2013, 11:39 PM   #15
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Not Selling Mine

Would not convert one via Shuffy's or what ever shop. Have 2 CMP service grades from before when they gave out all matching rifles and the DCM ran the program. $310 & $275/ less wood, both matching barrels & correct parts, except op rod and rear sights. Yes do make sure it's not a Fed Ord. or a re weld. Out of the box Arlington Ord. T26 shot 2 MOA with M80 ball. After major bedding and unitizing by me. 1 MOA is the norm, sub MOA with M118/M118LR hand-loads. A fine machine for the $550 I gave in 95'.
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Old March 4, 2013, 08:15 PM   #16
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CMP is a little short on stock right now. They have a few Garands available, but you can't be picky.
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