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Old December 22, 2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Funnest day at the Range! M1 Garand

Today my son and I took our new-to-us M1 Garand to the range. We had 15 Enbloc clips pre-loaded with M1 Garand 30.06 rounds. We recently got the rifle via a PPT from a friend who in turn bought it through CMP. The rifle is a 1954 Harrington & Richardson model. The barrel and chamber are like-new, although the stock shows lots of use and the buttplate shows a great deal of wear.

I have added a "Garand Gear" Gas Plug, by the way. Technically I did not need it for this particular batch of ammo, which is supposed to be correct for the M1 Garand.

The rifle functioned perfectly! Naturally I had cleaned and lubed it prior to the range trip. The sights were right on at 25 yards, and using just a sandbag I was getting 1 1/2 - 2 inch groups -- nothing great, but clearly the rifle is as accurate as my meager ability will let it. Not a single FTE/FTF. The clips ejected at almost a perfect 90 degree angle to the rifle, so no problem retrieving them at the range.

The distinctive "Garand clang" when each clip ejects got us some attention from onlookers who wanted to see a piece of history! This is a great battle rifle.

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Old December 22, 2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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That's a beautiful gun you got there I would die for a M1
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Old December 22, 2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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They're definitely a lot of fun to shoot. I love mine and it definitely gets some attention on the range. Mine will shoot 2" groups at 100yds off bags with M2 ball ammo. Now if only I could lay my hands on some powder for it then I could start loading my own. Nothing like owning and shooting a piece of history.

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Old December 22, 2013, 11:53 PM   #4
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glad you had so much fun. the only time I've had my gun at the range has been at a CMP shoot.
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Old December 23, 2013, 01:34 AM   #5
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Want some real giggle factor? Hit 8" steel plates at 350 yards...standing, with proper sling. Nothing quite like that THWACK echo when you get the hit.

You can always cheat and use a rest if that 10# gets a bit heavy.
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Old December 23, 2013, 01:59 AM   #6
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I would love to have an M1, if .30-06 ammo wasn't so expensive! Beautiful rifle you have there.
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Old December 23, 2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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My son loves his. It is a Fulton Armory, Korean war build in 308 cal. It was worth the 6month wait to have it refinished to look like new
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Old December 24, 2013, 12:59 AM   #8
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Nice rifle, Roger!
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Old December 25, 2013, 01:18 PM   #9
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I can't see the pretty gun on a work computer

Sounds like a great day!
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Old December 25, 2013, 02:05 PM   #10
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Nice rifle you have there. When I was in high school around 1993 I went with a friend to sell his granddads M1 Garand that was in his attic his mom told him he could have it. At the time both of us were clueless as to what he really had, to us it just looked like a old junkey rifle that probably wasn't worth much. Long story short when the guy behind the counter asked him how much he wanted and he said $200 the guy almost tripped over himself to give him the money for it. It was at that moment I realized he made a huge mistake.
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Old December 26, 2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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My M1 is the only inanimate object I have an emotional attachment to.
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Old December 30, 2013, 10:16 PM   #12
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I picked one up last month at my local gun shop. This Springfield Garand is in extremely nice condition. I have been able to pick up several hundred rounds of Federal "For M1" ammunition. I reload for all of my guns and just ordered from Midway a set of Redding dies. I use 4895 powder and I'm set to reload.
What a great piece of history to shoot.
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Old January 1, 2014, 05:30 PM   #13
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I like mine. I like it a *lot*

I'm not a big guy, and the recoil moves my body relative to some other people. But I can shoot it better! I need to work out more so I'm not as overmatched. Outclassed I will always be.
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Old January 2, 2014, 11:35 PM   #14
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My m1 is my grandad war rifle. An heirloom piece to say the least. Parts correct and functional. Unfortunately, I don't shoot it often....
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