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mcmikeblues7
06-26-2011, 5:24 PM
Im looking to get my firsts m1 garand and found that there were no threads on this site. Any thing i should know? good gear and any accessory type equipment? also, post pictures of yours, i love m1 garand p**n.

Lone_Gunman
06-26-2011, 5:28 PM
There's tons of Garand threads in the C&R and Black powder section.

CK_32
06-26-2011, 5:42 PM
Black powder section.......? Why there....?

Lone_Gunman
06-26-2011, 5:45 PM
C&R -- Rifles more than 50 years old. Garand is a C&R.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/forumdisplay.php?f=84

SofaGeorge
06-26-2011, 6:12 PM
I'm in the process of getting my first Garand too. Are you going through CMP? My entire day tomorrow is dedicated to finishing the CMP paper work.

Army
06-26-2011, 6:43 PM
CMP has a very good and smart forum just for M1 shooters.

Tanner68
06-26-2011, 11:27 PM
The CMP service grade Garand is a great gun. It is kind of a benchmark. Plenty of threads on the CMP and Garands over in the C&R/Black Powder forum. Regarding special gear; a proper sling, extra enbloc clips, a muzzle protector for cleaning, and a bolt hold open device from Sinclair, a chamber brush.... I think that is it. Oh, and you will need grease for lube.

PyroFox79
06-27-2011, 2:10 AM
You can buy surplus grease off ebay for pretty cheap. Or you can use lubriplate 130A whcih can be found at a industrial supply store. Get a M1907 sling, the web slings look dumb. Also a canvas case adds to the appeal of the rifle. You can get the sling and case here http://www.pacificcanvasandleather.com/

Bhobbs
06-27-2011, 8:40 AM
The most important thing is you understand that the Garand operating system was designed for a specific loading. The M2 Ball spec is a 150 grain bullet at about 2,800 fps. If you change the load too much it can cause the pressure to be too high at the gas port and bend the operating rod.

Also you should pick up some Mil Spec grease. It is made by Lubriplate and Brownells has it. Your M1 will run much better using the correct grease.

Orlando
06-27-2011, 3:58 PM
I have a few recommendations:
CMP Service Grade
Greek HXP Surplus Ammo form CMP
Any good quality Wheel Bearing Grease is more than adeqate for your Garand. It will not run any better on so called high tech gun grease
Completely tear down your Garand when it arrives, clean, grease, get to know how it works

A few on my Garands
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f197/Garandlover/misc/MVC-008S-1.jpg

reidnez
06-27-2011, 4:50 PM
The main thing you need to know is that you should only feed it milsurp ammo, or commercial ammo specifically designed for it. Other commercial .30-06 can potentially bend your op-rod. I won't go into detail here, it's been exhaustively covered if you search.

M1's like grease (all rifles do.) You can get the GI pots if you like. I use automotive wheel bearing grease and it's great.

Do it. You won't regret it. They aren't making any more of them (well, not the real ones anyway) and they aren't getting any cheaper. My M1 rifle is one of my most prized possessions.

I'd definitely second the leather sling (CMP sells a nice one). Other than that, order as much ammo as they'll let you. It's pricey on the commercial market, when you can find it.

Orlando
06-27-2011, 5:11 PM
You CAN use commercial 30.06 in your Garand with no worries of damage of any kind IF you use one of these
http://mccannindustries.com/gasnut.htm
http://www.schustermfg.com/

LuciusKang
06-27-2011, 6:10 PM
What's funny to me is that I have broken every "rule" of this thread. I bought a correct grade from the CMP, I put a green GI websling on it, I use MiliTech-1 grease, and I put winchester spec 150gr 30.06 through it and I ring those 400yrd steels and I haven't bent anything yet.

I wanted a great gun right out of the box with no concerns that it wouldn't shoot properly or be fouled, etc. I put the cotton GI sling on it cause that's the sling I like to use, and I use MiliTech cause it is the best grease on the market. And I shoot the winchester stuff because it doesnt shoot too hot and its affordable, also its not steel so I can shoot it at the range.

My point is, do what you like and what makes sense for your wallet and just take good care of your gun. It will all work out :)

Orlando
06-27-2011, 6:25 PM
Yup, until this happens some day
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f197/Garandlover/misc/brokereceiver001.jpg

EricClay
06-27-2011, 8:06 PM
Yup, until this happens some day
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f197/Garandlover/misc/brokereceiver001.jpg

That image has some interesting discoloration that isn't consistent with a lead dipped heel. Any idea what the story there is? The crack almost looks like someone tried to do their own heat treating and failed.

Eric

EricClay
06-27-2011, 8:07 PM
Im looking to get my firsts m1 garand and found that there were no threads on this site. Any thing i should know? good gear and any accessory type equipment? also, post pictures of yours, i love m1 garand p**n.

I have a new website up that has a fair amount of M1 Garand (http://www.GarandGear.com) content. It's designed with the new M1 user in mind.

Eric

Sundowner
06-27-2011, 9:39 PM
Excellent website, Eric! Thanks!

Orlando
06-28-2011, 3:24 AM
That image has some interesting discoloration that isn't consistent with a lead dipped heel. Any idea what the story there is? The crack almost looks like someone tried to do their own heat treating and failed.

Eric
Never noticed before, may just be lighting
Heel cracked after extended use of commercial ammo
Heres another
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f197/Garandlover/reciverheel-1.jpg
This one may have cracked with surplus ammo

NewbieDave
06-28-2011, 11:43 AM
Whatever Garand you get... get lots of surplus ammo while it's around. New factory M2 ball is priced too high to shoot outside of match setting.

Hmmm, think it's time to order couple more spam cans of HXP ;)

~dpc

Bro KV
06-28-2011, 11:51 AM
A few on my Garands
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f197/Garandlover/misc/MVC-008S-1.jpg

I'll take........mmmm, that one.

FeuerFrei
06-28-2011, 12:06 PM
CMP has a very good and smart forum just for M1 shooters.

Bing! We have a winner. CMP forum is great.
There are LOTS of Garand experts that know all about the best battle rifle of WW2.

Javi
06-28-2011, 2:20 PM
Wish I could afford one of these things

Dead*Reckoned
06-28-2011, 4:15 PM
I shoot factory reloaded 30.06... But I invested in an adjustable gas plug for my m1. My baby makes the steel sing at 600 yards, get it and you will love yours.