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My M1 Garand!

Discussion in 'Allied Light Weapons' started by zeppelin5000, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. zeppelin5000

    zeppelin5000 Member

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    Hey guys!
    So I just picked up my M1 last weekend. Very happy with it. Such a beautiful rifle in amazing shape. I have yet to fire it, but I'm looking forward to it!
     
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    They are a great rifle and yours looks like a good one.

    Have fun

    KTK
     
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    I enjoy mine as well. Get her zeroed in.
     
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    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    Nice rifle. The S/N puts the date of manufacture in March 1942. It would have served through WW2 before undergoing a late 1940s/early 1950s refurb. It is fitted with a Danish barrel, meaning that in all likelihood this rifle ended up in Denmark in the 1950s/1960s before coming back to North America. The Danish barrels shoot great and typically have little wear.
     
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    Yep! You're right on all accounts lol ;-)
     
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    Awesome, congratulations, you are very fortunate. Let us know how it shoots. It does look in really nice condition.
     
  7. zeppelin5000

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    Thanks. Hopefully I'll get a chance to shoot it New Years weekend.
     
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    Beautiful rifle zeppelin! Hope to add one to my collection some day.
     
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    Congratulations zep! It looks like a fine one. I too have an M1 and enjoy shooting it. What type of ammo do you plan to shoot? Both Hornady and American Eagle offer ammunition specifically tailored to the M1. If you handload, the Hornady reloading manual gives 30/06 M1 loads in a separate section. As you probably know, using modern high pressure loads isn't recommended in these rifles.

    The only other thing I would say is be sure you break down and thoroughly clean that rifle before shooting. It may have been years since it's been thoroughly cleaned. I hope you bring in the New Year with a bang! (Actually, EIGHT bangs):D
     
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    Thanks! Yes, I've learned all about the ammo situation with the M1 lol. I have 4 boxes of the American Eagle ammo designed for the M1, but I also have an aftermarket ported gas plug if needed. I have another few boxes of regular American Eagle 150 gr that I can shoot using that gas plug. Overall, I'd like to stick with ammo specifically designed for the M1.

    I've taken the rifle apart and gave it a good greasing. The rifle actually came to me well cleaned and oiled, but lacked grease in the important areas. She's good to go now though!
     
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    Good enough! Give us a report on how it shoots!
     
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    Otto Gearing up. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Very, nice rifle.

    If all goes well in the next few months, I'm looking forward to getting an M1 Garand this year. Hopefully I can add a few of those photos to this thread.
     
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    Thanks! For sure! I'd love to see what you get :)
     
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    Nice rifle. Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    Some of the M1Food.jpg stuff I fed the I.H.C.. Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    Looking good :) Good 'ol M2 ball
     
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    U.S. G.I. ball is all I feed the m-1. Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    With that black tip I would say it was AP. Sometimes that shoots more accurately than the regular ball ammo.
     
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    More M-1 ammo and drop cases. Rich A. in Pa. M1Food00.jpg M1DropCases.jpg
     
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    There is a whole of misinformation about Garand ammo, along the order of what is safe and what isn't. The old school military ammo shoots a 147 or 150 grain slug at about 2,750 to 2,800 feet per second. People will tell you that you can only shoot military produced ammo lest your op rod bend into a slinky shaped piece of metal and kill you, or some innocent bystander 200 yards away.
    That's just not true. Most low/medium priced hunting ammo is also shooting a slug of the same weight and at the same safe velocity. The only difference being that it's a soft point rather than an FMJ. If you can find milspec ammo, all well and good. If not, just read the hunting ammo box and check the slug weight and velocity. If it matches the 150 grain, 2,800 FPS ballistics above, it's just fine to shoot.
    What IS dangerous (or at least damaging to your rifle) is all that 180 grain, super velocity, deer massacre, super extreme, assploder slugs that cost 65 bucks a box stuff. Just buy the old school Federal or Winchester 150 grainers. They shoot just fine, won't damage your rifle, and will put a deer to sleep at any range you can hit them.


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