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Old 12-30-2011, 12:52 AM
96Delta 96Delta is offline
 
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Default Greetings from Philadelphia, PA

Hi Fellas,

Been asked to introduce myself here now that I've acquired
my first M1 Garand. (photos below)...and yes, there will
definitely be more purchases! This is just the beginning!

My name's David and I've been a WWII "nut" since I was
a youngster watching World War II movies with my dad
in the 60's and 70's and playing 'army' in the
neighborhood.

As I grew older that interest morphed into scholastic
studies as well as into scale modeling of the vehicles of
the war; anything to get a more intimate and complete
sense of the conflict my uncle lost his life in.

Eventually, this passion led me to enlist in the
Army and, owing in part to the movie "Battleground",
to join the paratroops (82nd). While it wasn't
WWII, it still allowed me to delve a little deeper
into the experience of WWII infantrymen. Hey, many
of the drop zones at Ft. Bragg are named after World War II
battlegrounds so my imagination was working overtime.
While guys were just jumping from a plane over some sandy
DZ, here I am imagining I'm jumping from a C-47 on June 6th
over Normandy! (loved those night jumps!)
Yea, more than a little bit crazy I know!

Naturally, in my neverending quest to discover more about WWII,
I've always wanted to own the weapons that were used in the war.
I have an Enfield that I inherited but I've always wanted an
M1 Garand. To me, a GI holding an M1 has to be a defining image of
the conflict.

Over the years I've thought about it, and thought
about it, hemmed and hawed, but never took the plunge and
bought one. Well, that's finally a thing of the past.
I ordered a CMP Special M1 Garand and received it on
December 21st, just in time for Christmas!

I've already learned more about WWII since I got this.
Running around in the 80's with an M16 was far easier
than trekking about with an M1. This rifle is heavy!
I hadn't really considered that during my studies and boy,
does this shed a little more light and hone my respect
for the guys who carried this during their service to
this great nation. A bit of an eye opener this was!

Anyway, while I'm eager to baptize this weapon with some
live fire exercises, for the time being I'm just reading and absorbing
as much as I can about this parkerized walnut accessorized beauty.
I have Scott Duff's "The M1 Garand Owner's Guide" but am interested
in other titles that you guys might recommend, particularly those
that deal with servicing and maintaining the weapon. Any thoughts?

In addition, while I have the rifle, I need to learn what other accessories,
materials and tools I need to properly fire and maintain the weapon.
As I indicated, this weapon wasn't bought, its been adopted into my
family and I will never part with it. In fact, I'd like to customize
it a bit by having a pair of jump wings engraved into the right
side of the stock just to make it "mine".

I'm a police officer at present, (Philadelphia, PD - 27 years)
and therefore already have gun cleaning equipment and an understanding
of weapon security & maintenance. Still, I realize that what I'll need
for the M1 will be very different than what I'm accustomed to for a pistol.
So, if anyone has a list of recommended products and maybe some ideas
on where they can be acquired then please, by all means, point
me in that direction. I am eager to learn and show this lady the
proper respect she deserves.

Also, since I purchased a CMP Special, I need to finish the
stock and grips with tung/linseed oil. If anyone can recommend
a suitable product, please do. I'm not letting anyone's grubby
hands touch this rifle until it's properly preserved! I'm
already getting grief from my partner and guys I work with so
I have to get this accomplished soonest!

Anyway, just wanted to drop in, say hello and introduce myself to
everyone. Happy to finally be in the M1 Club and wondering why
I waited so long to 'jump' 'All The Way' in!

<Salute> to you guys and God bless you all,

David "96Delta" (nick derived from my Army MOS: 96D2PM8)
http://www.HarvestReady.org/

M1 Garand Photos:
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...37.800x600.jpg
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...40.800x600.jpg
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...42.800x600.jpg
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...46.800x600.jpg
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...61.800x600.jpg
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...53.800x600.jpg
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...54.800x600.jpg
http://www.harvestready.org/images/0...51.800x600.jpg

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:21 AM
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Welcome David Born and raised in South philly Now a resedent of the western suburbs My Dad was Airborn and jumped into Normandy He was in the OSS
Where do you plan on fireing the M1 ? Can you fire it at one of the police ranges? Not to many private indoor ranges in the area that will let you fire it
I go to the Pennsylvania range in French Creek state park
Thanks for your service to the Philadelphia Community
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:15 AM
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Welcome from Blandon, PA, Berks County!

"South Philly; home of "Wild Bill" Guarnere"

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Old 12-30-2011, 09:35 AM
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96Delta,
Welcome to the forum. Source for Tung oil: http://www.realmilkpaint.com/oil.html over in Quakertown.
Tech info if you have not seen it yet: http://www.civilianmarksmanship.com/
More tech info: http://www.odcmp.com/Sales/askarmorerindex.htm
Grease points: http://www.garandgear.com/how-to-grease-your-m1-garand

Being a Philly LEO, guess you have access to: http://holmesburgfishandgame.com/home.html

Regards,
John
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:33 PM
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Welcome Dave,,this is the best place to be when you own an M1. Lots of nice people and tons and tons of great info. Try to remember what you know about Garands now and then in six months think back and reflect on how much more you will know by then.
Paul in Bucks County, Hilltown Twsp
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:44 PM
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Welcome from Chalfont PA, grew up in Delaware Co. myself...FA myself (1978-81), you've joined an eminent group of history buffs here who know their stuff. You'll find every minute you spend in the forums to be educational. Enjoy!
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:57 AM
96Delta 96Delta is offline
 
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Default Thanks for the welcome!

Thanks for the warm welcome guys. I'm very happy to
join this M1 fraternity! And thanks for the replies
about where to find some of the materials I'll need.
I want to have everything ready when spring arrives!

carsangelop, Amazing that your Dad jumped into Normandy!
I hope he had the opportunity and desire to share some of his
experiences with you. Amazing men they were! Too bad there
numbers are dwindling...lots of wonderful history is gradually
being lost along with some truly heroic men and women.

I hadn't really decided on where to shoot yet. I've considered the
Holmesburg Fish & Game Club and another club in Bucks County.
While they do take a chunk out of your wallet, at least they're
close.

I had forgotten that some state parks were equipped with rifle
ranges and French Creek State Park was not on my radar...but
it sure is now! Thanks for the excellent tip! What's the drive,
like 1.5 hours? I've not seen any pics of the range but will look
for some more info after I post this. What I'm interested in
knowing are what distances can you shoot, do we need to bring
our own target stands, are there any toilets, etc.
Either way, this is definitely a possibility for me!

John, I don't know if being a cop here would grant me privileges
to use their range. I'll have to check into that possibility.
Hadn't even considered it. I know that cops get a lot of breaks
but I've never really geared my thinking to look for them
and, truth be told, I feel funny getting any kind of special
treatment just 'cause of my job. Call me weird I guess.
I'm just not wired that way.

I think the police range is pretty much out of the question but
I do plan to inquire next time I'm up there for qualification.
Since we're now equipping some cruisers with AR-15's there's
more of an emphasis on rifle training so who knows, I may
be able to use it there. Still, they would have very restrictive
hours so, in reality, I'm not sure how available the range will
be relative to my schedule. Worth a shot though (no pun intended! ).

Bobcat, we served at the very same time! Now don't tell me that you
went to Basic at Ft. Leonard Wood! May seem weird, but my
partner went to Basic the same time I did, and at the same base.
We weren't in the same platoon but we may well have been in the
same company. We almost certainly bumped into each other at the PX.
The world is a very small place sometimes!

Thanks again for the kind welcome gentlemen. Can't wait for
spring so I can start practicing with my rifle. But between
now and then, I'm making a shopping list, filling my piggy bank
and planning a trek to Camp Perry. There's shopping to do!

<SALUTE>

- David
http://www.HarvestReady.org/


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Old 12-31-2011, 01:15 AM
4th_AD_son 4th_AD_son is offline
 
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David,
Another big welcome from the burbs...Montgomeryville.
You may want to participate in the monthly Garand matches held at Kimberton...They will start again in April.

http://www.kfga.net/index.php

Thanks for your service to our country and Happy New Year.
Roy
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:10 PM
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Excellent Roy...

I would enjoy competition shooting with you guys.
Got lots to buy and learn before then though..gotta hit the
midnight oil..April will be hear quick (I hope!!)

And the combat handgun matches would be awesome as well!

Happy New Year Roy and everyone else, thanks! <Salute>

- David
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:29 PM
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Welcome from the Western Suburbs of Paoli.

Just got back from Kimberton Fish and Game Assoc. yesterday teaching my 8 year daughter how to shoot for the 1st time.

I was able to put some rounds downrange with the M1 too. She actually got some video of me too which was great!

Anyways, Welcome
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