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    Picked up an M1 Garand today!

    Picked up a new M1 Garand today and to say that I got a good deal my be putting it lightly. It's an International Harvester and it's a true beauty and to top it all off I paid a whopping $595 for it!

    It's a mostly correct IHC Garand, everything except the trigger housing, hammer, trigger and safety are correct IHC parts. The barrel is an LMR marked 54 and the stock is correct for an IHC.

    Can't wait to take this baby out to the range this weekend and put some rounds through it!











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    Less than $600 for an IHC? You lucky <expletive>.

    It looks really nice in the pictures - almost too nice. Looking at the stock, the metalwork (including the clip on the handguard) . . . do you think it may have been refinished at some point?
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    Nice. very nice. Don't forget when you post your range report to post a TARGET.

    I hope you bought or have a good supply of clips because when you are on your belly popping away it really is a bother to have to stop and fill just one clip and I never got the hang of using the stripper clips to feed with, Sometimes it works and sometimes I make a mess of it. Nothing more satisfying than just being able to reach into your ammo box and pull out another loaded clip so you can just keep shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HankB View Post
    Less than $600 for an IHC? You lucky <expletive>.

    It looks really nice in the pictures - almost too nice. Looking at the stock, the metalwork (including the clip on the handguard) . . . do you think it may have been refinished at some point?
    Hi Hank,

    Does it matter? A tangible link to history is still a link refinished or not. If you don't believe me... Find a Garand that has been refinished and ask a WWII or Korea vet if he will show you how to load it. I've seen mothers less gentle with their newborn child.

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    Congratulations! You've just taken your first steps into a larger

    world.

    Now, the last jackhole who picked it up probably cranked the

    windage on the rear sight all the way to the left.

    You'll save about 25$ in wasted ammo, if you make sure the

    rear sight is centered, and properly elevated, before you

    open up at the range.

    Google,google,google!

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    I hope you bought or have a good supply of clips
    That's a maga... oh no, never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KodiakBeer View Post
    That's a maga... oh no, never mind.


    Don't confuse the boy, he has a real good start so let him start out right. You cannot have to many battle packs of ammo and you cannot have to many bandoleers of loaded clips. Also needs a chamber brush to do a good job of cleaning, a broken shell extractor, maybe a Schuster valve so he can shoot hunting ammo in it if he is like me and likes to hunt with his old military guns.

    That little tool would be a good start.
    https://www.standardpartsllc.com/pro...?idCategory=15
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    Also, for hunting purposes, you can order special clips

    which will hold either 5 shots, or 2 shots, depending

    on which side you face up.

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    [QUOTE= I never got the hang of using the stripper clips to feed with [/QUOTE]

    I would hope not! I really can't see you reloading a Garand with a"stripper clip".

    KodiakBeer, it is a clip. It is loaded into the rifles magazine.

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    Been shooting the M1 Garand for nearly 5 decades now, my tongue was in my cheek when I wrote that line. Now the 03 is a different story and so is the Mosin-Nagant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Grump View Post
    Been shooting the M1 Garand for nearly 5 decades now, my tongue was in my cheek when I wrote that line. Now the 03 is a different story and so is the Mosin-Nagant.
    I was shown the fine points of that weapon by an old gentleman that actually carried one through France, Belgium and Germany. Someone that could have the thing field stripped and reassembled while I was still trying to figure out how remove the bolt assembly.

    An accurate rifle with a smooth dependable action is a thing of great beauty. The Garand fit in that category like a well form fitting glove, along with the old Springfield, the Enfield and the 30-40 Krag.

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    IMHO, nothing else is close to a Garand.

    Power, range, accuracy to the end of your vision

    with iron sights.

    Clips which change quickly, and don't protrude out the

    bottom of the rifle to snag on anything.

    Fantastic balance.

    I not only sleep with my Garand, it gets the good pillow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therewolf View Post
    Congratulations! You've just taken your first steps into a larger

    world.

    Now, the last jackhole who picked it up probably cranked the

    windage on the rear sight all the way to the left.

    You'll save about 25$ in wasted ammo, if you make sure the

    rear sight is centered, and properly elevated, before you

    open up at the range.

    Google,google,google!
    The standard setting is 0 windage and 11 or 12 clicks of elevation -- that will put you about 3" high at 100 yards (in the center of a 6" bull.)

    But that's for a new rifle. One that has been overhauled will probably not shoot to the same sight setting.

    But before you do anything, look in the butt trap. See if you can find a range slip with the zero recorded by the last soldier who shot that rifle. I found one in my rifle, and it was right on the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therewolf View Post
    IMHO, nothing else is close to a Garand.

    Power, range, accuracy to the end of your vision

    with iron sights.

    Clips which change quickly, and don't protrude out the

    bottom of the rifle to snag on anything.

    Fantastic balance.

    I not only sleep with my Garand, it gets the good pillow.

    De gustibus non est disputandum. I like the Garand, but more for the memories of the certain old gentleman that taught me the finer points of the rifle. While I would love to have the old rifle he used so well, I wouldn't trade my 92 Winchester for it nor would I allow it to take my husband's place.

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    Beautiful rifle, sir, color me jealous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armoredman View Post
    Beautiful rifle, sir, color me jealous.
    International Harvester, it's not just for combines anymore. I'm a bit jealous myself but I'll never admit it to him!

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    Would the best combination be an International Harvester M-1 Garand and a Singer Sewing Machine 1911A1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by armoredman View Post
    Would the best combination be an International Harvester M-1 Garand and a Singer Sewing Machine 1911A1?
    A Singer 1911 and a General Mills (Betty Crocker) M1

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    KodiakBeer, it is a clip. It is loaded into the rifles magazine.
    Yeah, I know!

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    *sigh* I gotta start logging out when I know my Dad is going to visit.
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    e9Wi1.St.7.jpeg

    Photo accompanying a Memorial Day story in the Anchorage paper today:

    http://www.adn.com/2012/05/27/248221...or-alaska.html

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    Want clips?

    Check out:

    www.gibrass.com

    and order away. Like someone above said, you can never have too many Garand clips.

    Next, you should go to the CMP site, and order up some good old .30-06 ball ammo.

    If you reload, the same site will also provide some good GI bullets.

    Widener's has 150 grain ball in stock, as well as 147 grain boat tail FMJ, meant for the .308--but they'll work fine in the Garand.

    As for powder, you do have to be careful to get one that will not generate excessive gas port pressure, and wreck the op-rod. Varget is a good powder, and it meters well through powder measures. I have also had good luck with IMR 3031, 4895 and 4064. For a complete rundown on safe powders to use, get the NRA's guide, "The M1 Rifle"; it has a complete listing of recommended loads for the Garand.

    Finally, if you reload, I highly recommend and use the Lee Factory Crimp die. Give a nice tight crimp into the cannelure of the bullet.

    Post up some range reports!
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