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Just bought my first M1 Garand today. What an example of our history. Each time I hold it I can't help wondering the life this rifle must have lived. I'm going to restore this one as time permits.

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So a M1 Carbine is prohibited but a M1 Garand is not? (In reference to one of your previous posts)

Did you pick up your Garand with a bayonet?

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Yeah go figure... its not even restricted let alone prohibited. I asked about the reason and was told the carbine can be turned into a sub-machine gun to quickly.

I didn't get the bayonet for it but will be looking for one to add to it. I got the gun for next to nothing so I can invest some into it and still have a "return" on my investment.

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I asked about the reason and was told the carbine can be turned into a sub-machine gun to quickly.

Interesting... If somebody seriously wants a sub-machine gun, I imagine they would want to own something of recent vintage, rather than fiddling (or even have the knowledge to fiddle) with an antique. Oh well...

Yes, that is definitely a piece of history. Is there marking on the rifle, such as a serial number, so that it would be possible to track back to the solider(s) it was issued too? If such records even exist and assuming you wanted to know.

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I have run the ser. # and with help have found out it was made in Oct. 1943 by Springfield Armories. It also has a lot number "59" on the stock but I have no idea where, if anywhere, I would find out who was issued the weapon first. I will be taking it to the range soon and let you know how she shoots. They are supposed to be fairly accurate.

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Is the bore pretty smoothed out, like it had been shot a lot?

Who makes the ammo or do you need to find your own brass and bullets?

By the way, earlier this year I read a book called "A Boy Named H". It is the biographical account of a young boy growing up in emperial Japan, prior to the Japanese build up, through the war years, and ending at the U.S. occupation of Japan. I think your probably more a "student of history" than I am, but I was suprised to learn that the Japanese army was outfitted with guns that were over 40 years old during WWII. "H" (the main character) is really impressed with the firearms the U.S. troops carry during the occupation. I assume the guns were M1 carbines and/or garands.

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The bore is actually good to very good and the ammo is just 30-06 Springfield so I can buy it over the counter.

I do like the history behind weapons and historical accounts so that book you mentioned sounds interesting. I'll be looking it up.

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I didn't realize that it was 30-06 ammo and that is good news on the bore! Not bad for a nearly 60 year old gun.

Regarding the book, I was going to post a link here to amazon or the like; however I can't seem to find it now. confused?

I do remember it was first published in Japanese and was popular in Asian countries. Perhaps there were limited english printings... Just an FYI...

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yeah, my brother-in-law has an M1 and it really is a nice shooting gun.

i was an MP in the US Navy for three years. the Colt 1911A1 .45 that i carried was issued to me and the serial number of the gun was recorded and kept on file at the armory where i checked my weapon in and out..though i don't know that it became part of any permanent record that could be traced later on.

it sure would be cool to find out that your weapon had been used in some historic battle or belonged to a highly decorated war hero.

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That would be great info. indeed. I'm sure if I knew the right connections that info could be found.

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