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Ansirem Hunter 01-29-2013 01:29 PM

First North Store Trip
Thinking about heading up to the North store Saturday to pick out my first garand

Now I'm a bit concerned since I'm not too knowledgeable in the subject and don't have a gauge. I know it's a bit slim pickings on normal sgs but I'm looking for a m1d so I don't think it will be a problem. How helpful are the staff there and do you think I will be able to get a shooter with nice wood?



MyTurn 01-29-2013 01:34 PM

You could hardly ask for nicer and more helpful people then those at the NS! The only problem might be if they get real busy. M1Ds have been plentiful and very nice. They have gauges that you could buy and, maybe, borrow if they aren't too busy.

n8huckins 01-29-2013 01:38 PM

You sir will end up with a great M1D, no problem at all there.

The staff are great, and to be honest some of the best immediate assistance you can get is from guys like us on the sales floor. I myself will be there on Saturday with my father and younger brother, probably around 8:00 am.

All of the rifles are tagged with their gauge reading (and the CMP gauges them conservatively, almost all are better than tagged). You will have no trouble picking out a GREAT shooter with nice USGI wood. I'll help you make sure of it. Don't be a stranger when you show up, talk to anyone and everyone you can. The knowledge is plentiful.

See you there!

P.S. where are you located? how far to the store?


Ansirem Hunter 01-29-2013 01:39 PM

Currently coming up from lexington ky

n8huckins 01-29-2013 01:40 PM

Hey that isn't too bad. We're about 4 hours north of the store. GarandGrabber (forum member) is about 2 hours north of me.

I must advise you though, as many here will, to be careful. Once you get that Garand in hand, your life changes. Instant Garanditus!

Co2Chief1947 01-29-2013 02:09 PM


Originally Posted by Ansirem Hunter (Post 758258)
Currently coming up from lexington ky

I purchased my M1D there in Sept 2012 and everyone from customers to staff was very helpful, my suggestion to you is do your homework on what you want in a M1D with notes to take with you. Create a check list?

Do you want a WW2 SN or postwar, are you searching for original finish over a repark, greek black etc ?

They will all have GI wood but what are you looking for WW2, Postwar or ideally a SA open box RA stock are usuallywhat most say are the most correct for M1D.

What muzzle/throat readings do you want? Most are marked but mine wasn't that day and they checked it at the counter for me as I didn't have a gauge.

The day I was there on my first trip the store was full of rifles I spent 5 hours looking, I believe I picked up every rifle there 3 times but enjoyed every minute of it just wish I didn't live 7 hours away.

Good luck you will have fun picking your M1D rifle thats the easy part then comes the searching for the rest!:)

stu929 01-29-2013 03:03 PM

If you are going for a sniper thw ns is a good choice. Unless your next choice is a special or service grade special don't bother. There was very little to choose from at the ns on saturday and several racks were empty or almost empty

jmiles1960 01-29-2013 07:23 PM

My son and I are thinking of making a trip to the North store. To buy a rifle or ammo, do you have to be "pre-approved" before purchases are allowed? I am a C&R holder too. I was not sure what the CMP requires. Thanks!

n8huckins 01-29-2013 07:24 PM

Yes you do. Bring everything with you, and go to the counter right when you walk in. That will get the process going and you should be out of there in no time.

Your C&R counts as firearms/marksmanship activities too :)

stu929 01-29-2013 08:02 PM

There was practically nothing left at the north store when I left on saturday.

What are you looking to buy? They have plenty of specials and service grade specials.

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