November 04, 2004

A B-day Gift

No, not for me. At least not anything material I'm getting. This is almost as nice though.

Some of you know I have a slight interest in M-1 Garands (like Kim du Toit goes through a few rounds of ammo each year). In fact someone joked that since I didn't mention a Garand in my interview with miss Annika that he assumed it was an imposter. So it's safe to say that if we've exchanged e-mails, phone calls, carrier pigeons or communicated in any other way I've tried to talk you into buying a Garand or twelve.

I doubt that my persuasive abilities are the cause behind it, but Kevin of The Smallest Minority has finally gotten around to buying a real battle rifle. He's been shooting for a while & from what I've seen he's not a bad marksman. I can't wait to see what he can do with a Garand. True, an off the rack M-1 shouldn't be expected to do more than 3 or 4 inch groups at 100 yards, but for modest amounts of money &/or effort they can get under 2 inches.

Still, I'm bitchy. It's not enough that we become a nation of riflemen: we need to do so with real rifles. (Not that the Garand is the only real rifle out there, but in my not so understated opinion it's the pinnacle. The Ideal Rifle as it were.)

Congrats to Kevin. & thanks to Kevin.

Now how about you? Got Garand?

Posted by Publicola at November 4, 2004 03:32 PM

Well, it IS a "Rack Grade" so if it shoots 4" I'll be ecstatic. I also doubt that I'll dump $1K into it over at Fulton Armory to make it shoot 2.5MOA, either.

Besides, I doubt it will outshoot my sporterized 1917 Enfield no matter what.


Posted by: Kevin Baker at November 5, 2004 08:13 AM

$1,000? Lord no. You're looking at a few hundred or so tops, depending on how well it shoots & how well you want it to shoot. But a new stock ($150 or so for a really decent unfinshed one) & a little tightening up of the gas cylinder will do wonders.

Hell, if I can get through with the posts I'm writing now I'll throw one up over at The Shooters Carnival about this stuff. Not that I'm Garand obsessed or anything.

Posted by: Publicola at November 5, 2004 09:53 PM
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