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tygerpaw
09-20-2008, 2:02 PM
Pretty neat.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,425678,00.html

DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. As gifts go, Jim Richardson's choice for his father's 79th birthday was a long shot.

Virgil Richardson fondly remembered the .30-caliber M1 Garand rifle he carried during his time as a soldier during the Korean War.

He even still had the weapon's serial number.

Using that number, Jim Richardson went online and found the firearm at a Kentucky gun broker.

"I couldn't even talk when he gave it to me," Virgil Richardson told The Flint Journal. "It didn't even have to be the same gun to be important to me."

About 7 million of the sturdy rifles were produced during the Korean War period, making the odds of finding the right one so long that the broker didn't believe the serial number matched, said Jim Richardson, 54, of Saginaw County's Frankenmuth, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit.

"After the war, the soldiers couldn't bring the rifles back with them," Jim Richardson said. "They stayed in Korea (until the 1980s), when they were able to be imported back to the United States."

He won't say exactly how much he spent, but some collectors have paid as much as $3,000. He gave the Garand to his father last week, although the elder Richardson's birthday isn't until next month.

Virgil Richardson served from 1951-53 as an Army radio operator in the 25th Infantry Division. When he speaks of the war, the General Motors Corp. retiree often mentions the rifle's accuracy and dependability, as well as his own marksmanship.

"My sister lives in the country, and it came up that you could shoot a deer right from the deck of her home," Jim Richardson said. "Dad made a comment that he could hit a silhouette target at 500 yards without a scope. Most people can't see that far without a scope."

Virgil Richardson said he'll wait until his Oct. 26 birthday to shoot the weapon.

"What shocked me the most is how very heavy it is," he said. "I have trouble now holding it up and aiming it. I guess they were made for 20- and 21-year-olds."

shark92651
09-20-2008, 2:06 PM
Wow, that's quite a story!

gcvt
09-20-2008, 2:15 PM
That's awesome - the old man sounds happy!

5968
09-20-2008, 2:19 PM
That is an awsome present. Cool thing is that it is right next door to where I grew up.

Solidsnake87
09-20-2008, 5:07 PM
I'd love to have my G pa's 1911 from wwII....... Great story!

nobs11
09-20-2008, 5:11 PM
Nice story.

I love my Garand.

It is a fine machine. That keeps going and going. Very easy to handle and the sights are some of the best. When shooting offhand I prefer the Garand over the AR.

motorhead
09-21-2008, 9:32 AM
awesome!

onikuma
09-21-2008, 10:30 AM
great story :)

apbrian112
09-21-2008, 10:42 AM
i'm hoping one day my kids will acquire the M2HB, MK19, and M240B i used in iraq... <starting to hold my breath>

battleship
09-21-2008, 11:03 AM
great job

dgc357
09-21-2008, 11:42 AM
That's amazing he was able to find the rifle after all these years. I wonder what condition it is in.

BroncoBob
09-21-2008, 12:09 PM
This story is so fricken cool. What a gift of a life time.

ar15barrels
09-21-2008, 2:19 PM
One of the guys we shoot with recently re-aquired the M40 stock off the exact rifle that he used in Vietnam.
He built it up into a perfect clone of his original.

hoffman259
09-21-2008, 4:19 PM
Awsome story. :patriot: It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

ghostwong
09-23-2008, 9:42 PM
One day, My daughters will do that for me!! Way to go !!