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Old 09-06-2017, 06:30 PM
mikeyjames56 mikeyjames56 is offline
 
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Default Happiness is a 1942 Service Grade M1

It's been a roller coaster ride to get to this point, but my service grade came in today!

Springfield Armory Serial 583,XXX which should put March of 1942. I had sticky'd for 1943 (or as close as they can get) to match my Lee Enfield, but I will not complain! I need to grease and oil it, as well as buy some en bloc clips and an M1 poster and sling.

https://imgur.com/GNKNafz

Appears to be USGI wood with a rack number '9'. The cartouches on the stock are the usual circle P on the grip and the Dept. of Defense stamp for rebuilds. I was expecting a new CMP stock which I wouldn't mind at all, but it definitely has more character!

https://imgur.com/XKRTF5C

This whole journey to get an M1 started in early August, where a facebook post from my club informed me that we are CMP eligible. I figured I could get everything together quickly except the proof of marksmanship, I wasn't sure how to attack that.

https://imgur.com/6BcDRLF

I printed out the CMP checklist, went to a local range and asked the RSO if he would be inclined to observe me as I did some breathing and trigger-pull management and target practice with my handgun and fill out the form after. When my range time was up, he went through the list and let me know of the things I could improve on, where he saw I was strongest, and what to look out for, and wished me luck on the M1. I'm planning on heading back to that range to thank him and showing him the M1 he helped me get, as well as let him put a few clips down range if he'd like!

https://imgur.com/VXwhmgl

I don't get to go to the range too often, but I don't think I'll ever go and not bring the M1.

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Old 09-06-2017, 06:38 PM
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Welcome to the Garand-aholics club.

Post some pics if possible, sounds like you got a nice one
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Old 09-06-2017, 06:41 PM
TSimonetti TSimonetti is offline
 
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I know the feeling. I got a September 42 this time around, with original barrel.

Here are pics right out of the box
http://imgur.com/a/ZPGtH

Congrats!
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Old 09-06-2017, 06:47 PM
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Welcome to the Garand-aholics club.

Post some pics if possible, sounds like you got a nice one
That is really weird, I posted image links but they did not show up. They should now!
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:57 PM
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Real nice...
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:17 PM
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I like how we both have the classy brass butt plate and think alike with our picture taking. Took this one a few weeks ago. Still not done restoring the 43 savage enfield. Nice rifles! welcome to the garand-itis club.

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Old 09-06-2017, 09:47 PM
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Congrats!
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:58 PM
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I have to stop checking in here, after I said no, I may send in an order for a SG, or ultimately I know I will. These options keep me out of all the casinos around here, I know that the nice rifles get more post, though a dog received here is better than "free" parking and a drink. Nice scores, good for you!

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Old 09-06-2017, 10:05 PM
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That's a very nice Garand. Congratulations!
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:41 AM
mikeyjames56 mikeyjames56 is offline
 
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Thank you all! I've been looking at everyone else's service grades for weeks leading up to this and seeing all the different details each has, the new wood, the USGI wood, rack numbers, dings and dents, and I'm very pleased with what I got.

I failed to mention, it has a muzzle reading of 3 and throat is +4, so I probably won't be driving tacks at 300 yards, but if it's battle rifle MOA like my Enfield, I'm satisfied! It'll probably still be more accurate than I anyhow.


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I like how we both have the classy brass butt plate and think alike with our picture taking. Took this one a few weeks ago. Still not done restoring the 43 savage enfield. Nice rifles! welcome to the garand-itis club.

Very nice Savage there! Mine is a 43 Long Branch mk.1/3, FTR'd at Fazakerley in the late 40s. The magazine isn't original but is functional with no hang-ups, and the sling and spike bayonet I've got are both Long Branch so I've got that going for me. I absolutely love my Enfield, the brass butt-plate, the thumb-screw adjustable rear sight, how fast it is, all around an incredible rifle. I just need a mkIII. And a jungle carbine. And a...

I'm all about trying to take as nice pictures as possible so that if anyone sees it and doesn't really know about rifles, can at least maybe appreciate the aesthetic.
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