Got a new toy, man I feel 10x more 'merican now! ;-)

Discussion in 'Rifles' started by SIG_Fiend, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    I just traded my FN FAIL for something I've desired for a very long time, an M1 GARAND!

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    I must confess, I really don't know a whole lot on the history of Garands as far as production models, manufacturers, and all that stuff goes. What little I do know about this particular rifle is that it was produced by Winchester (not sure when), re-barreled by Springfield in '49, and must have not been shot after that or something because the gun is spotless mechanically as if it was brand new! The stock is in great shape, and overall the gun is almost as new as far as I can tell. Oh, and it has no CMP markings either. Man I love this thing!
     


  2. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

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    Looks like it's in great shape.

    What's wrong with the FAL? It's my favorite battle rifle.
     
  3. DCortez

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    Grats! After playing CoD5, I've been wanting one too.
     
  4. JKTex

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    That warrants all kinds of commentary......but I'll sit this one out for now. ;)
     
  5. SIG_Fiend

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    Actually, I love the FAL. Though the one I bought, although it was all Imbel parts, was assembled by CAI, so needless to say it had problems. I returned it back to the store I got it and instead took this excellent Garand. I still want an FAL, though I think I'll have to buy a DSA next time around so I know what I'm getting. One thing I love about the FAL is the easily adjustable gas system and how overall simplistic and robust the design of the gun is.
     
  6. Nate C

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    Congratulations and welcome to the club.

    Winchester and International Harvester Garands tend to be the more highly sought-after Garands.

    I strongly encourage you to consider participating in a service rifle match with your new rifle. Firing that sucker offhand at 200 yds under time will give you a whole new appreciation for the American military circa WWII.
     
  7. 9x19

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    Nice rifle!!!
     
  8. SIG_Fiend

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    Oh absolutely sir! Heck, I still have problems at 50yds. I'm completely in awe of what proficient shooters are capable of doing at long range (like 200-600+yds) with 60+ year old rifles and irons. ;) I definitely want to start participating in various types of matches with it. I need to get another stock set, preferably a beat up one or basically something I don't have to worry about so I can store this stock and keep from wearing it out or damaging it. Actually, one thing I really want to do is use it for some multi gun matches, 3 gun matches, etc. I just think it would be such a blast to become proficient enough with the gun so that I could rock and roll with it at a 3 gun match, while everyone else is using AR variants and other more "tacti-cool" stuff. ;) I'm "weird" like that. hehe

    Here's a great vid of a guy with a Garand at a multi gun match (the best part is the charge at the end): YouTube - June 08 Pima ACTS

    Here's a couple vids I found of a pretty talented guy with a Garand at some IDPA matches: YouTube - IDPA Carbine good with a Garand
    YouTube - IDPA Carbine weak side Garand
     
  9. SIG_Fiend

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    I just got back from the range not too long ago, and shot the gun for the first time. WOW! I shot better than I've ever shot before with a rifle. The first two shots at 25yds were not quite one ragged hole though they were touching and very close together. Unfortunately when bringing the hangar back in it stopped working so I got stuck running the last few clips off at ~10-15yds. ;) The sights still need to be zeroed but, it's not too far off. I would have taken a picture of the target but, I forgot and threw it away. ;) I have to say, I'm impressed. It will probably be awhile before I can actually become proficient enough to really put the gun through it's paces. Man, I am just itching for more!
     
  10. M. Sage

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    Oh, yeah. Century... I know someone who built FALs (and AKs, including mine :D) in his garage and turned out much better stuff than CAI.
     

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