'30 M1 Garand

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'30 M1 Garand

Post by MJ1 » May 12th, 2016, 11:36 am

My first job overseas was to mobilize 800 M1's for civilian irregular defense forces; CIDG's. They came strapped to pallets covered a black goo like a wax. I was sure I would never get the diesel smell off my hands an clothing . :wink: I did this in a tent with a large fly standing on duckboards in six inches of rain water.

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I was getting out six or seven rifles a day cleaned inspected and test fired. This would never satisfy the need plus any number of rifles were beyond using and became spare parts. This would change quickly as I was give some help three mountain people in loin cloths and two GI trashcans with immersion gas heaters . We now turned out twenty rifles a day. Still not near enough.

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Re: '30 M1 Garand

Post by Curly1 » May 12th, 2016, 12:21 pm

Did you get to bring back any spares :)
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Re: '30 M1 Garand

Post by MJ1 » May 12th, 2016, 1:19 pm

Curly1 wrote:Did you get to bring back any spares :)
Just the original body parts I was issued a little worse for wear. Oh and a pair of boots and some driving skills that serve me today.

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Do you shoot the M1 ?

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Re: '30 M1 Garand

Post by Curly1 » May 12th, 2016, 4:11 pm

Yes I have one with the Danish barrel I shoot.

Photoshoped pot hole I hope. :mrgreen:
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Re: '30 M1 Garand

Post by MJ1 » May 12th, 2016, 4:59 pm

Photoshop yes but not far off the real deal. Local artist criticizing the local municipality. This road the Camino 27 de Abrile was a 1:40 min ride to the county seat and took several years to pave and cost a lot. The first rain created giant potholes in what had been a 40 minute drive on the new surface back to a 1:30 drive. On the old road crocks had taken over all to river and creek crossings and the picture was a political barb. Didn't change a darn thing at the beach.

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What is your M1 like ? A tool or a safe queen ?

Mine are tools so not so pretty.

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Re: '30 M1 Garand

Post by Curly1 » May 12th, 2016, 7:23 pm

I only have the one but haven't shot it in a couple of years been spending more time with the Mosins when I go to the range.
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Re: '30 M1 Garand

Post by MJ1 » May 12th, 2016, 9:05 pm

Are not they handsome ? Recall many of the users were just as tall as the M1.

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Post by Curly1 » May 12th, 2016, 11:32 pm

And heavy too. Can't imagine being a 120lb 19 year old lugging it around in In the Pacific or Europe along with every thing else.
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Re: '30 M1 Garand

Post by MJ1 » May 13th, 2016, 8:36 pm

I can relate to that. At least the M14 I carried for two years in harms way with a full combat load of five magazines and three bandoleers.

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