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    Posted: June/27/2018 at 08:13
After ruffly 40 years of lusting after them but for one reason or another never getting one I finally, with the wife's permission no less, got one.  



1944 Springfield Armory M1 Garand.
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Very cool
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Very nice sir!
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Did you get it through the CMP, or a gun shop?
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

Did you get it through the CMP, or a gun shop?

Actually got it at Cabela's  I was going to go through CMP until I saw this one. It is in great shape and no waiting so I got it. Probably over paid a bit but It's mine now lol. I really wanted a WW2 issue one too and there is no guarantee through CMP.
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Now you need to find a CMP M1 clinic in your State, and start shooting M1 matches.
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Congrats! And enjoy, I love mine!
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They are a great piece of history to own and shoot. A couple of things you may want:

  1. A spring kit - nice to have spares and you may want to replace the op rod spring from the git go: http://www.m1garand.com/store/m1_complete_recommended_spare_parts_kit.html
  2. A Schuster adjustable gas plug (essential if you shoot .30-06 hotter than mil spec - most of it - and nice anyway to tame case ejections if you like to find and save brass)
Also, check out http://thecmp.org/training-tech/armorers-corner/gas-cylinder/. A common issue with the M1 is a loose gas cylinder. Since the front sight is attached to it, this can affect shot consistency. That page has instructions on peening to tighten it up if need be.

Over time, the seal between the op rod "button" and the gas cylinder can lessen due to wear. It used to be you could get the op rod rebuttoned. I dunno since I haven't had one done if there's still anyone doing it. Anyway, these generally aren't things to worry about much. The rifle was designed and built for durability and dependability. It's a workhorse. Enjoy!
Reaction time is a factor...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/28/2018 at 20:35
Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

They are a great piece of history to own and shoot. A couple of things you may want:

  1. A spring kit - nice to have spares and you may want to replace the op rod spring from the git go: http://www.m1garand.com/store/m1_complete_recommended_spare_parts_kit.html
  2. A Schuster adjustable gas plug (essential if you shoot .30-06 hotter than mil spec - most of it - and nice anyway to tame case ejections if you like to find and save brass)
Also, check out http://thecmp.org/training-tech/armorers-corner/gas-cylinder/. A common issue with the M1 is a loose gas cylinder. Since the front sight is attached to it, this can affect shot consistency. That page has instructions on peening to tighten it up if need be.

Over time, the seal between the op rod "button" and the gas cylinder can lessen due to wear. It used to be you could get the op rod rebuttoned. I dunno since I haven't had one done if there's still anyone doing it. Anyway, these generally aren't things to worry about much. The rifle was designed and built for durability and dependability. It's a workhorse. Enjoy!

Thanks. I had it checked out by a gunsmith who happens to be pretty knowledgeable about M1's, M1a's and M14's who changed out all the springs. Since the op rod spring came out in 3 pieces he had no choice on that one. The rifle was then given a clean bill of health and deemed range ready.


Edited by BobC - June/28/2018 at 20:42
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Wow! You'd think Cabelas wouldn't sell an M1 at their premium markups without checking functionality. That said, my M1's op rod spring came completely gunked up. Cleaning the spring wasn't so bad, but the tube was a mess.
Reaction time is a factor...
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