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Thirdcliff 07-18-2015 10:31 AM

New Massachusette Member

I received my service grade M1 from CMP about a month's a SA, manufactured in early May, 1945. I must say that the seven week wait after submitting paperwork was much like anticipating the birth of a first child...much reading and learning about the Garand while wondering who the manufacturer would be and date made...knowing I would love it no matter what. I've made several trips to the range...have it pretty much sighted in and all works great.

I'm 70 years old and took up shooting recently. I was drafted into the Army in '68,,,did a year in VN but hadn't touched a fire arm since 1970.
My grandfather left me his gun collection (several rifles and hand guns most pre 1900). I decided it might be fun to fire them...I've been a enthuiest ever since.
I'm looking forward to asking questions and learning from this site.

mjbsparky 08-20-2015 09:18 PM

Hey nice a local M1 fan. I think we may be the only two people on here from Massachusetts lol.

St.John 08-21-2015 07:52 PM

Hello and welcome. Don't forget to post pictures. Funny there isn't more of you Massachusetts guys. That's like M1 Graceland up there. Lots of knowledge on this forum. Great guys too.

Big_Red 08-26-2015 02:10 AM

Welcome to the forum and congrats on the Garand...your first I assume.
Thanks for your prior dad served two tours over there in '69 and '70.
Would be interested to see pics of the collection you inherited...if you need assistance posting photos, please let me know.


Thirdcliff 08-29-2015 01:50 PM

Thanks, Rob. I do plan to post pictures. I'm a little technicly of my kids has promised to come over and help set me up.

It is my first Garand...I absolutely love it...


mac1911 08-29-2015 03:48 PM

There are more Ma folks here than one might welcome and enjoy.
Even though the M1 was manufactured by 2 companies in ma I don't believe they are as common now as they used to be. Maybe the Kenedy generation was into them more?
The average turn out for CMP garand shoots/clinics/matches is very low on average in the 3 area clubs around me that I know have them. I tend to represent the youth attending these 44 years old.
I know at least 10 MA cmp forum members here.

mac1911 08-30-2015 08:05 AM

Come on down to old colony in pembroke on the 13th for cmp M1 clinic and match.
Good fun day of shooting....
Hanson has a cmp fun shoot 1st sat and 3Sunday. Laid back not a formal match.

Thirdcliff 08-30-2015 01:18 PM

Thanks much for the information...I just checked out the schedule at Old Colony and Hanson...will try to attend one of them.

mac1911 08-30-2015 09:54 PM


Originally Posted by Thirdcliff (Post 1347989)
Thanks much for the information...I just checked out the schedule at Old Colony and Hanson...will try to attend one of them.

I will be at old colony on the 13th here's the clinic flyer. Price is up to 45$ now if you need ammo. Pembrokes club guns are very nice if needed for any friends you bring along.

Hanson has a cmp shoot. Pretty much any milsurp heck any rifle for that matter will do. Laid back. You can shoot positions , from the bench what ever.
They run 1st sat 8am for set up. Shooting starts at 9am
3rd Sunday 12pm shooting starts at 1pm. Only requirement and rules are safety....
Both have great people to deal with.

bdpease 09-02-2015 05:31 AM

Hi from MA
Hi there another one of us in MA. Got my "new" SG on July 15. 6weeks from mail in to receiving. It's an April '43 with new wood and a 54barrel. MW 0+, TE 1+, hardly ever shot after her post Korea rebuild. I am waiting on my buddybtonget back from vacation( nice being retired) so we can take both of ours out to the long gun range. It is fine enough to class as excellent. It would have passed my gunnys inspection right out of the box. Asked for SA cuz dad worked there until it closed, and I carried SA. Thanks CMP great pick.

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