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Old 05-06-2019, 05:28 PM
Led4thehed2 Led4thehed2 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Indiana
Posts: 5
Default New guy from Indiana finally gets M1 after 20 years!

Howdy folks, just joined and looking forward to reading, learning, and talking about some great guns on here. My M1 story goes back about 20 years. I'm a kid in junior high drooling over the M1s in the Dunham's ads that came in the Sunday paper. I think they were selling for $400 then, but it may as well have been a million dollars because I didn't have $400 and wasn't old enough to work. Years pass and nothing happens.

When I'm finally old enough to buy a rifle I learned about CMP, and find their website with all different kinds of M1s available. But, I'm more interested in guitars and going to concerts, so I never save up the money to buy one. Eventually, supplies dwindle and everything on CMP shows as sold out. I assume my opportunity is gone and I'll never be able to own one.

Sometime last year I revisit CMP and learned that there's been an influx of guns from the Philippines. With renewed motivation, I begin to save my pennies and start seeking out reloading components on local gun forums. I start stockpiling brass, bullets, powders, and primers as well as buying a reloading press and dies.

January 3rd 2019 rolls around and I decide I'm going to North store and I'm going to pick out a rifle. The below service grade Springfield ends up coming home with me. Very low throat and muzzle erosion, old wooden stocks ... exactly what I wanted. I am very happy. I only wish I had a couple more.


First time I got it apart

Beautiful wood grain when the light catches it.

First range trip

Only complaint.......trigger assembly was impossible to get back together on my own. Had to have the Mrs. help me tap the pin back in.

Last edited by Led4thehed2; 05-21-2019 at 08:28 AM.
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Old 05-06-2019, 07:49 PM
bruce bruce is online now
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 997

Beautiful rifle!!! Wonderful that your wife is so helpful. CMP was good to you! Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:05 PM
ClayCreekRng ClayCreekRng is offline
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Dahlonega, GA
Posts: 94

Congrats and welcome. Great place to be and a wealth of knowledge available just for the asking. M1's and other delectibles from the CMP are like potato chips, can't just have one! Shoot and Enjoy often.....
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:45 AM
Wick Wick is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Brownsburg, Indiana
Posts: 81

Fellow Hoosier,
Welcome to the addiction! Looks like a very nice rifle!
John Wickett
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:46 AM
epm729 epm729 is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Highland, NY
Posts: 1,999

Welcome and congratulations on your first M1. I hope it gives you years of pleasure. Eddie
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:44 PM
MustangMan MustangMan is offline
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tampa Bay
Posts: 570

You certainly got a nice one for your first M1. I also ended up "waiting" for many years before I was able to get my first M1 rifle. It's been all downhill after that....
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:35 AM
613jmm 613jmm is offline
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 1,248

Wow. That stock appears to have one heck of a tiger stripe hiding under the gunk.
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