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Old 06-26-2008, 6:11 PM
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Default Harrington & Richardson vs. Springfield Garand

Okay, I'm filling out my CMP forms to order a Garand but I've got a choice between an H&R or a Springfield.

Anyone have an opinion on this one way or the other? If so, what's the reasoning?
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Old 06-26-2008, 6:46 PM
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Fewer HRAs made. Have slightly more collectible rifle, but unless all parts are original, it doesn't really matter that much. Are you looking for a shooter? If so, go with the one with the smaller TE and ME. Try to get a "correct grade" if you can, otherwise go with the "service grade." Just my 2c.
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Old 06-26-2008, 6:48 PM
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Actually, the better choice is to order both. You know you want to.

Do it.

DO IT.
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It depends on what you are looking for. The Springfields are older rifles while the HR's are later models. When I ordered by M1 from the CMP I wanted a rifle that may have been used during WWII. I wrote a handwritten note and included it with my order asking for one and CMP delivered a Springer who's serial number would have put it in the WWII range.

Also, I wanted a shooter and not a collector. I read up on the various gun forums about which type of rifle to order...rack grade, service grade, collector grade....The consensus was a SG was the way to go because the TE and ME were less and the overall appearance was better. If I recall correctly, a few years back they actually ran out SG and CG rifles. I seem to remember they received a new shipment of lend-lease rifles back from another country and that's why they are selling SG and CG agains.
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Old 06-26-2008, 7:09 PM
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I am looking for a shooter. They have the "Correct Grade" H&Rs and Springers but they're almost double the price, not that I'm being cheap, I just don't feel it's appropriate to wear out a piece of American Herritage like that.

Maybe in a few years I can get a correct grade International (which is what I would really want for a collector's gun) but for now, I want a shooter...
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Old 06-26-2008, 9:14 PM
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Get the HRA.. I seriously doubt the average shooter will wear out a Garand. The HRA's and the post war 5mil SA's were some of the best produced Garands as there was no war production rush.
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Old 06-26-2008, 9:49 PM
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Well, I'd really like to have an International but CMP doesn't have any right now.

H&R it is!!!

I'll post up some pics when I get her in my hot little hands...
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Many people feel that the H&R rifles were the finest of the USGI M1's as far as fit and finish is concerned. I would have a hard time disagreeing with that statement although the late Springfields are top notch as well.
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