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A few years back the Civilian Marksmanship Program placed a few hundred of the "6.0 million", Garands up for sale.

These were the "Last of the Mohicans", as far as Garand production was concerned and most were originally made up as National Match rifles. The moniker "6.0 million Garand" refers to the serial number, which is anything over 6,xxx,xxx and denotes the very last production Garands.. I was able to glom two of them

Both of them, unfortunately, came with brand new wood. Fortunately they also came with National Match barrels that are like new. One is a 3-53 LMR NM barrel and the other a 3-52 SA NM barrel.







I made a quick trip to the range this afternoon and fired one of the "6 million" Garands.

I was rushed, so I only had time to zero the rifle with some LC ammo and then switched to the Hornady M1 match ammo. Five rounds @ 100 yards...

Right around 2 MOA

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Do the stocks have the CMP cartouche on the left side?
I replaced mine with a new CMP stock set and sold the original on eBay.
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Do the stocks have the CMP cartouche on the left side?
I replaced mine with a new CMP stock set and sold the original on eBay.
They do not.
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1967 I unpacked a dozen CONX containers and cleaned and tested close to 1200 M1's and some were like new and many were beat to heck. They went to differing ARVN and CIDG units. But the rule was 3 MOA and very few were sent back. You did well. Be happy and thanks for sharing some nice rifles.
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Those are Awesome guns OP. You should be very proud to have USGI issued .30cal tackdrivers like that in your collection. My favorite M1 is an HRA LEAD rebuild with a NM op rod. Its amazing how accurate the guns are at 100yds with apeture sights. Mine hits bullseye on the first shot every time. One of the best feelings in the world.
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1967 I unpacked a dozen CONX containers and cleaned and tested close to 1200 M1's and some were like new and many were beat to heck. They went to differing ARVN and CIDG units. But the rule was 3 MOA and very few were sent back. You did well. Be happy and thanks for sharing some nice rifles.
Thanks, MJ. I've seen pictures of Vietnamese soldiers carrying Garands that seemed almost as tall as they were...(a slight exaggeration, of course). I need to keep working with these rifles and see if I can do better than 2 MOA.

Were you in Ordnance in the Army?
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Those are Awesome guns OP. You should be very proud to have USGI issued .30cal tackdrivers like that in your collection. My favorite M1 is an HRA LEAD rebuild with a NM op rod. Its amazing how accurate the guns are at 100yds with apeture sights. Mine hits bullseye on the first shot every time. One of the best feelings in the world.
Yep. Love to see a nice group in the center of the target!

I've got a LEAD rebuild also and an "O-66" USMC rebuild...both of them are very accurate and in great shape.
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Some of thrible fighters were the same height as the M1s. The CIDGs where also outfitted with the M1. That is where most of the equipment w gave out went.

Regular ARVN units received a heavy load of M2 carbines as well as M1s.

A lot of what you saw was depending on location. Down South and over on the coast units were better equipped. There many reasons for that,,better facilities and transport. It was almost year before I saw ARVNs with M16s .

My arms room in the rain Sept. 1967.


Some of my work at $350 M1





Still one of my better shooters. 100 yard first test on a pistol target.



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Nice pictures, MJ

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pic of CMP cartouche on replacement stock.

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Thanks, MJ. I've seen pictures of Vietnamese soldiers carrying Garands that seemed almost as tall as they were...(a slight exaggeration, of course). I need to keep working with these rifles and see if I can do better than 2 MOA.

Were you in Ordnance in the Army?
I was in VN in 68-69. We had a lot of ARVIN units in my area [ Mekong delta ].
The weapons they used in training and second string units were a C&R dream.
1. Grease Guns
2. BARs
3.Garands
4. M1 carbines
5.Tommy Guns
6. WW2 air cooled 30 cal machine guns, i am not sure about 1903s and 1917 enfields but they probably had those to.I really liked the Grease guns.
most front line ARVIN units had M16s by 1968
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