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    Traded into my first M1 Garand yesterday

    Traded into a 1942 Springfield M1 Garand yesterday (shooter grade rifle that was rebarreled by the Danes). Didn't cost me any cash--traded away two bolt rifles (sans scopes) that I didn't shoot much. The rifle is in pretty good shape--the barrel is pristine, the rest of the rifle ain't mint but was well maintained with a few small gouges in the stock here and there. I will have to gin up some IMR-4895/IMR-4064 reloads tonight. The stuff I shoot in my bolt '06s is beyond what is recommended for this old warhorse. Always wanted a shooter grade Garand and finally got one!
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    Nice. If you intend on shooting reloads I suggest you install an adjustable gas block - M1 Garand & AR-15 Tools and Accessories- SCHUSTER MFG
    It will make load tuning easier and will increase your ammo options. You can always keep the original gas block and it can be swapped back very easily.

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    If only it could talk. Any good, readable stock cartouches?
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    Funny Ret Eng, I just got out & shot my old '71-'72 vintage Springfield armoury M1A (all GI parts) yesterday for the first time in about 15 years. I went into the Army at just the right time ('62) to qualify with the M1 in basic, get issued the M14 in the 82nd Abn & then get handed a M-16A1 a few days before we got on the ship to RVN. I think that those M1s & M14s still have the best combat sights!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob42049 View Post
    If only it could talk. Any good, readable stock cartouches?
    I have looked over the wood carefully but haven't seen anything deciferable as yet. I will definitely keep looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pathfinder65 View Post
    Funny Ret Eng, I just got out & shot my old '71-'72 vintage Springfield armoury M1A (all GI parts) yesterday for the first time in about 15 years. I went into the Army at just the right time ('62) to qualify with the M1 in basic, get issued the M14 in the 82nd Abn & then get handed a M-16A1 a few days before we got on the ship to RVN. I think that those M1s & M14s still have the best combat sights!
    I agree that the iron sights on the M1/M14 are much better than what I had with my M16A1/M16A2. Never got to use a rifle in Iraq/Afghanistan---I got stuck with a M9 9mm which wasn't ideal in a firefight IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grenadier View Post
    Nice. If you intend on shooting reloads I suggest you install an adjustable gas block - M1 Garand & AR-15 Tools and Accessories- SCHUSTER MFG
    It will make load tuning easier and will increase your ammo options. You can always keep the original gas block and it can be swapped back very easily.
    IF you load to Garand specs a special gas block is not needed.........That's what I do. I even shoot my cast GC'd lead bullets out of mine and my carbines. Never clogged a gas port. Never will.
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    Nice trade. I’ve always wanted one also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Happy Kaboomer View Post
    IF you load to Garand specs a special gas block is not needed.........That's what I do. I even shoot my cast GC'd lead bullets out of mine and my carbines. Never clogged a gas port. Never will.
    Yes, but if you want to load different weight bullets, long bullets, or different loads (not exceeding pressure standards) then it comes in very handy. I have one on my 16" barreled .308 Mini-G. I don't handload .308. Still, the adjustable gas block lets me shoot ammo that would cycle imperfectly and some that would slam the op-rod and bolt if I was using the issue gas block. It also lets me tune to optimum accuracy with factory cartridges the same way it would with reloads. For example, the most accurate ammo I've tried in my .308 mini-G is Fiocchi's 165gr Sierra GameKing. Using the adjustable gas block I've been able to tune that down to 1.5" at 100 yards.

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    Nice score! My wife and I both got ours many years ago when the CMP was still the DCM. Once the qualifying (you had to shoot in a high power match) and all the paperwork was done (fingerprints, etc.), the cost for the rifle was $165.00. Mine was a used, but very well cared for Springfield Armory, and hers was what appeared to be unissued International Harvester. Not going to find them for that price anymore!!


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