For some folks, the M1 Garand is a venerated object, a potent symbol of American greatness during World War II. Some of these people make an almost holy exercise out of researching serial numbers and finding the correct elusive parts. Yea, verily, for some searcheth out the lock bar rear sight, even from the very bowels of the earth, while others locketh not the rear sight, lest they anger the spirit of John C. Garand.

For others, especially those young whipper-snappers who cut their ballistic teeth on AR style rifles, the Garand is an ancient, clumsy and heavy thing, a dinosaur thigh bone left over from the Pleistocene Era of firearms. I mean who really wants that much petrified wood on a rifle, anyway? And whaddya mean it might bite my thumb off if I don’t load it just right?

But for some real whackos like me, the Garand is a powerful and accurate semi-automatic rifle that can really bring the oomph downrange, especially if you can get your hands on the right ammo. And the right ammo would be the US military surplus armor piercing round.

Because of the way United States ammunition laws are written, .30-06 AP ammunition can be owned by us mere peasants, uh, oops, I mean civilians. I was lucky enough to purchase a couple of cans of it from the Civilian Marksmanship Program the last time a batch came up for sale.

There are plenty of Internet stories circulating about .30-06 AP ammo being more accurate than standard M2 ball ammo. Heck there’s one story of the National Matches at Camp Perry issuing surplus AP ammo due to a shortage of match ammo. So I decided to find out for myself, and document the results for TTAG’s loyal readers.

To that end, I offer up some glimpses of what my Springfield Garand can do at 300 yards using two different types of military surplus ammo.

My M1 was originally purchased from the ODCMP as a Service Grade rifle by somebody else. He then sold it to me. Later, I added an Amega Ranges scout mount and a Nikon 2.5-8X EER scope with quick-detach rings, mainly because my eyes turned about two years ago, and I now wear glasses.

I shoot my scoped Garand at 300 yards because that’s the longest range I can get to in under an hour’s drive. I’d love a chance to shoot out to 500 or 600 yards, or even farther just to see how this rig performs.

The target I shot was a piece of cardboard trimmed to sort of look like a torso. It’s 24 inches tall by 18 inches wide. I stapled an 8.5 inch X 11 inch piece of yellow paper into the center of the target, hoping the contrast with the white cardboard would give me an area to center the crosshairs. At 300 yards, however, the yellow blended in with the white background, so I wound up just holding right in the middle of the whole thing.

The first group I fired on that target was 8 rounds of Greek surplus M2 ball. The M2 round became the standard round for the Garand during WWII, and served into Korea and beyond. It’s a 152 grain, flat-based, FMJ bullet that exits the muzzle just a shade over 2800 feet per second. The Greek M2 holes are marked with a red, magic-markered “G2.” I marked it as G2 because I fired a prior group on another target, just to make sure the scope was still dialed in to 300 yards.

As you can see, all eight red G2 holes remained on the toro-sized slice of cardboard. Four of them hit the 8.5X11 inch sheet of yellow paper. Not too bad for a military-issued rifle built in 1953, if you ask me.

Then, I followed up with another 8-round clip of US surplus AP ammunition. The AP bullets are marked with black tips, and contain a steel penetrator core.

This steel core enhances accuracy allegedly because it gives the bullet an internal axis around which to rotate as it spins out of the rifling. The bullet also weighs a little more, coming in at around 163 grains, instead of the 152 of the standard M2 bullet.

Whatever the cause, the dark alchemy of AP became quickly apparent when I checked my target. Gah-Zinga! All eight of the AP rounds hit the yellow paper at 300 yards. To differentiate from the other group, I marked these with green magic marker. The biggest spread was vertical, and measured just over 6.5 inches, or barely over 2 MOA, with two rounds in one hole, right in the middle, only a few inches above the dead center of the yellow paper. That’s barely over 2 MOA with a 58-year-old, semi-automatic military surplus rifle shooting even older military surplus ammo.

I’d call that more than acceptable.

One downside of the AP ammo is that since most of it was made before the 1960s, much of it has corrosive primers. For many modern shooters, corrosively primed ammo is more intimidating and arcane than the Riddle of Steel was for Thulsa Doom.

My corrosive ammo cleaning solution is the super-secret and almost impossible to obtain mystical elixir known by the exotic name of “Windex.” The cleaning procedure itself is a dark and mysterious rite which involves squirting a few shots of this “Windex” down the barrel and onto the Garand’s gas piston, which are then wiped off and swabbed out with patches. Then I just clean it with Hoppes 9.

Despite its age, and configuration as a service rifle, not a target gun, the Garand can still perform quite impressively even at 300 yards. The last thing I’ve got to say is BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG-PING!

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    • The author explained, adequately his vision problems which most of us have. We all will experience the need for glasses sooner or later ( you too)! The problem is with glasses the rear sight is blurred and target clear or without glasses the rear sight is clear and target blurred. “Real men” also use scopes to shoot better and if hunting, not run the chance of wounding game! I bet this rifle will improve greatly with match grade ammo! the M1 – a great rifle!

    • Are you saying real men don’t make accurate shots at 300+ yards? If so, I’ll gladly accept that I’m a coward.

  1. Has any work been done-bedding, trigger? If not ~2moa with milsurp ammo is amazing. Hell, even if you have had work done it’s amazing.

    • My dad was a pre-war [that means WWII] regular. The stock M1 was that accurate. He could duplicate Roy’s results with open sights, hence my smart ass remark. He thought the ’03 Springfield was more accurate though.

      • I salute your dad, a member of the “Greatest Generation!” My uncle served in Belgium; came home on the Queen Mary.

        • Greatest generation my arse.
          All are entitlement brats who have sold their soul for their social security check.

          Had Germany won WW2, we’d have no Obama, No Communism, No Feminism, No Abortion, No Homosexual agenda, No Federal Reserve, No Racial miscegenation and bastardization, No Neo Con or Liberal Agenda, and no porn ie It’d be Horrible!

        • ‘Greatest Generation’? I hate/despise that term that was popularized and coined by newsman turned author Tom Brokaw! First of all, no generation can determine the times into which it is so born. Second, the heroes of all the military sereices from the Continental Army through the present day would have some objections to the term ‘Greatest Generation’. Third, the generation that now cries Crockodile tears for it aging, decreased and dying WW II genration called the Baby Boomers are the same ones who some 30 or 40 years ago were mocking these very same ‘Greatest Generation’ people who were their parents- remeber how stupid Archie & Edith were amde to look in ‘All in the Family’?

          My father, uncles and neighbors all served in WWII, Korea and one from WW I. None of them ever thought of themselves as ‘heroes’ or ‘great’, instead they knew how lucky they were to have merely come home alive, unscared and in one piece, they knew that the rue heroes were either dead or struggling each day in one of the VA hospitals or prvate care facilities.

          I know that you meant well by the coment that you made and thank you to your father for his service, yet I think that the term ‘Greatest Generation’ needs to be stopped, as it mocks everyone who was and was not associated with it. There are not ‘great men and women’, rather there are oridinary souls who in times of great crisis rise to do great and brave things so that otrhers may live free and safe. What indicment shall history yeild on the post-WW II generations?

    • How do you figure that to be 2 MOA? at 300 yards, 2 MOA is a 6 inch group. Those look like 10-12 inch groups to me? Call it 3-4 MOA?

      • Hey Joe Grine.

        When I put a tape measure into the group made by the AP ammo and indicated by the green magic marker, it measures 6.5 inches across the widest part.

        At 300 yards, 6.5 inches is barely bigger than 2 MOA, which would be about 6.2 inches at 300 yards.

        I sent the photo of the tape measure inside the AP group in with this post (or at least really thought I did), but for whatever reason, that photo didn’t get into the final version.

        • Ok, I see that now. Kinda hard to tell from the small image. Me being color blind probably doesnt help much either. A little over 2 MOA is pretty good for an off-the shelf Garand. I will try to get a hold of some AP ammo and see if I get similar results.

  2. I’d love to have a Garand some day. I’d probably whisper “Get off my lawn” before every shot though.

  3. Every time you put a scope on an M1, Baby Jesus cries. In my nightmares I see Cheaper Than Dirt offering a folding plastic stock and a bolt-on M-16 style flash suppressor so some yahoo can “bubba up” his M1 like it was an SKS. AAAugh! It hurts my brain!

    Interesting thing about the AP ammo – I’d honestly never heard of it’s apparent accuracy.

    I really think a lot of the ‘corrosive primer’ concern is overblown (though it’s useful for selling cleaning gear.) Sure, if you shoot hundreds of rounds of nothing but corrosive in your Mosin-Nagant and you never clean it and you live in a foxhole in the Ukraine for a year, it will corrode your bore. But on an American-made rifle that you’re only shooting 100 – 200 rounds and then taking home to your nice, warm house and cleaning it with Hoppes or something else, I don’t think you’ll have any problems.

    The only real “problem” with the Garand is the weird internal magazine with the 8 round en-bloc clips. A very strange WW1 holdover from the bolt-action days. Why the Ordnance department thought that was a good idea in a day of magazine-fed machine guns is a mystery to me (and of course, the M14 is nothing but a product-improved M1. The Italian BM59 and BM62 are also product-improved M1s with real box magazines.)

      • German soldiers actually learned to wait for the “pling” they new it meant several seconds of freedom from fire. According to unsubstantiated rumors I heard from a mostly reliable source, GI’s would mimic the sound by hitting pieces of metal. Ze Germans would then poke their heads only to hear that other great sound the Garand makes.

        • My uncle said he and his buddies would have one clip on a wooden dowel that they’d pling against their receiver…

          -D

        • American GIs killed their cousins in Italy and Germany so J ews could run our media, our banks, our government, die for Israel in the Middle east, and work to destroy the white race.
          Thanks vets!

        • What!? Have you ever shot a gun before? On the line at the range I can barely make out the ping from behind my own Garand, let alone on a battlefield with artillery, mortars and tanks not to mention small arms fire from everywhere. I seriously doubt any of the 15 year old German conscripts had the presence of mind to even attempt to pay attention for a barely audible ping amidst the smoke and noise. If this ever happened, as truly unlikely as it is, it would have been a very isolated occurrence and not the norm.

        • If anyone in Fog of War and the buzzsaw of a heated battle can hear that M1 ‘ping’ then they have far better ears than I possessed and I had great hearing according to the military doctors!

    • I dunno, I’m quite fond of the C and D variants of the M1. The scout scope option eliminates some of the shortcomings of the C and D variants while adding a few of its own.

    • Expense. Box mags were too expensive at the time for a standard issue infantry rifle. Garand compromised his design to get his much needed rifle to the infantry, a historically wise decision. En-bloc clips are way cheaper than a box mag, even today. I probably have 200 enblocs, and the cost was something like 30-40 enblocs vs one AR p-mag. The cost ratio during ww2 was far greater than that since everything had to be made from metal, metal needed elsewhere.

      • That’s either BS or a typical BS excuse from the Ordnance Corps assholes! Sine the time of the complete metallic cartridge and repeating rifles it has been claimed that newer firearms were going to either bankrupt the nation or cause a great deal of useless ammo expenditures! Both conjectures have proved to be grossly incorrect.

        If you are dismounted infantry, you become savy about your rate of ammo expenditures and take the necesary actions like carrying a great deal more of ammo before you go on a mission, this lesson was learned by many a Infanty square/platoon durring Vietnam when savy infantrymen often carried extra 5.56 and 7.62 rifle and machine gun ammunition. However if you are mounted or armored infantry, you often have a lot of ammo both on your person and within your vehicle. It was Soviet doctrine to load down their armored BMPs and BTR-60s with a great deal of AK-47 ammo, the intention was to spray anything that moved or was suspected to be an enemy target. A firearm unfired in battle is a relatively useless firearm especially when ammunition constraints are not a great concern.

    • Great comment. The M1 needed a detachable magazine or at leat an internat 10-round mag to be fed by stripper clips and not the unique 8-en block clip! The US Army Ordnance Corps despite its name has never had a great reputation for creating, employing or harboring small arms geniuses, yet thanks to many talented individuals the US military was lucky enough to have acquired many a fine set of small arms. It was General Crozier of the US Army Ordnance Corps that denied the US Army adopting the Lewis gun, which was developed by US Army Colonel Isaac Newton Lewis in 191 and subsequently rejected by General Crozier. Thus the US Army entered WW I grossfully underarmed wiith no proper machine gun. The Colt 1911, Browning 1917 MG, Browning 1919 MG, Browning M2 .50 caliber MG, 1918 BAR, 1928 TSMG (Tommy Gun),Stoner Rifle/MG, AR15/M16- were all invented by individuals, not the US Army Ordnance Corps.

  4. Don’t hate on the scope too much! I know it doesn’t quite look right, but lots of us with middle-aged (or older) eyes have the Devil’s own time shooting iron sights at distant targets. I don’t necessarily need the magnification of a scope; I just need my aiming point and my target to be in the same focal plane. I’m hopeless with iron sights, but even a nonmagnifying red dot can keep me on target like the old days.

    And the Ultimak scope rail mounts (probably the subject of a future Gear Review) absolutely kick ass. They let you scope the unscopable (AK, Mini-14, M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, M1A1) precisely and reliably without modification.

    • “Unscopable” M1 Garand? I’m pretty sure that the US converted some of those to a sniper platform (M1C and M1D).

  5. This rifle has had no work done to that I am aware of.

    The scope mount clamps onto the barrel and can be removed and replaced with the original hand guard in minutes.

    My 41-year-old eyes make iron sights harder to use all the time.

  6. Nice article, nice gun, killer accuracy (literally). A word about Windex: it’s the ammonia in it that neutralizes and washes away the corrosive salts. Plain ammonia mixed with water is just as effective and ten times cheaper than Windex. Also, I’m not sure, but does every Windex product contain ammonia? Because without ammonia, Windex would be an ineffective anticorrosive.

      • Funny, but this works too! The object is to dillute the salts left over from the corrosive primers. The AK-47 largely sovled this issue by chrome plating the barrel and chamber and while slats can attack chrome over time, any corrosive action will take a great deal of time to ever affect a chrome lined barrel and chamber area. Stainless stell also offers great corrosion resistance and many new M1 barrels today have the option of either being chrome lined or being made of stainless steel.

  7. Ralph, I always get the Windex “Original,” the blue liquid in the squirt bottle.
    It says “with Ammonia-D” on the label. Roger that on the cheaper homebrew version. I just like the convenience of the pre-mixed and packaged Windex.

  8. I’ll show my age here. I’m a relatively young pup at 30, so I should gravitate toward the latest greatest whiz bang stuff. I don’t. I will own a Garand some day, oh yes I will. Most of my rifles right now are WW I, WW II bolt action surplus. Thing is, they are scary accurate. When I was a Devil Dog, and in the armory, I got to play with some of the older stuff. Thing about it was not only was it still perfectly serviceable, but it felt better than the M16 and all the plastic junk too. Only reason I would ever consider a tupperware weapon is if I had to hump it for a long way, otherwise, wood and steel all the way.

    • Well, there’s a love for most thing old, reliable and sturdy- like old automobiles! I think that the firearms of today are made like junk! The Beretta M9 is really a POS- a punny 9mm round fired from a Beretta! What dumb SOB in the Pentagon made this stupid decision? Soldiers always complain about carrying heavy gear, even in WW I, Korea and WW II, yet few if any ever complained when these beastly weapons delivered the goods during the heat of battle. Some say that the Beretta and M-16 are both better suited to females, well Bonnie Parker (Bonnie & Clyde fame) a little gal of some 5 pounds could/did easily handle the heavy 21 pound BAR in full auto firing mode and Annie Oakley could/did fire every large man-sized pistol, shotgun and rifle with amazing dexterity and skill- so BS to those arguments! If given their desires, females and males would like for a modern rifle to weigh as light as balsa wood and be able to deliver a .30 caliber slug accurately 1,000 yards away with minimal aiming or training! Maybe some day this migh happen

  9. The gnarly state of my grandfather’s thumb is one of the first things that comes to mind when I see these rifles.

    • Theres no ‘M1 Thumb’ if you correctly use the palm of your thumb area and not the thumb itself to load the 8-round clip!

  10. “Comment to provoke insane jealousy” time: I got my Garand in 1982 from the [then] CMP – total cost, $125 delivered via US mail. Included a GI cleaning kit and sling. The rifle was arsenal refinished around 1952-3. 2MOA with iron sights and national match ammo. The neat thing about this old, “heavy” warhorse is that you can fire a 60-rnd match with no pain to your shoulder, even with .30-06 ammo. and guess what? It’s effective on “man-sized” targets out to 600-800 yards. Try that with your 5.56 or 7.62X39 mouse gun.

    I saw a photo in the paper about 25 years back of a Haitian anti-Papa Doc Duvalier rebel. He was laying flat on the ground in a good supported prone position, shooting an M-1 Garand. At the time I thought “bet he is doing far more damage to the enemy with that WWII semi-auto than any 100 of his buddies are doing with their spray-and-pray AK-47s on full auto.” And I would still take a Garand over an AK47 or M16 at anything over 100 yards, with a decent bit of cover and a steady position.

    Of course, given the above criteria, I would take my modern DPMS LR308B with a 6-24x scope at 600-800 yards, over the Garand. But the .308 weighs 12 lbs with the scope, so you aren’t gaining any portability. And the bull barrel/scope combination is designed for accuracy. On the other hand, the Garand will last a LOT longer in real battlefield conditions, including mud/rocks/sand/bashing enemy soldiers with the buttstock.

    • Your are correct. Beyond 100 meters automatic rifle fire is not very effective. Aimed fire will drive your enemy to ground where you can drop artillery and mortars on him. An infantryman equipped with a NATO 7.62 or 30-06 rifle will be far more effective then modern lightweight rounds in anything but the jungle or deep forest. While urban combat has some of the close range characteristics bricks and stone will succumb to heavy rounds where 5.56 will just bounce off.

  11. My service grade M1 is at least that accurate. Not with me shooting it, but others have had great success shooting it. I can get fist size groups at 200 yards. A few High Master shooters I know can shoot way better than I can with it. They were all impressed with the gun.
    And yes, with AP , it is more accurate. I can shoot about a playing card size group with AP at 200 yards on a very, very good day.

    • AP 30.06 ammo was the ‘desired’ and ‘supplied’ round for the USMC in the South Pacific in WW II; the round proved to drive straight through the palm trees found on the Pacific islands and kill any Japanese troops hiding behind these in the false hope/idea that a palm tree trunk could stop a 30.06 AP round!

  12. The weekend before last I shot the M1 Garand for the first time. It feels very heavy, but it’s not really any heavier than an M16 loaded with the accessories that go on it now. The difference is really in the weight distribution. The old war-horse is front heavy and, as a result, the off-hand shooting position is tiring. The old timers at the range said that it actually helps accuracy. I beg to differ, but to each his own.

    It’s a great rifle. It took a little getting used to inserting a clip into the top and keeping the blade of my hand on the charging handle. Once you get used to inserting the clip, you can get it in there without releasing the bolt … And your hand is there against the charging handle just in case. No smashed thumb for me.

    I had a lot of fun shooting the old thing. I would like to eventually have one of my own, but I keep spending my money on more modern firearms. I’m not yet wealthy enough to become a collector.

  13. My late dad served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1939-1945). Just prior
    to Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7th, 1941 he was in the National Guard. He
    trained with the .30 caliber bolt action Model 1903 Springfield rifle during basic
    training. In 1942 he was involved in the construction building of the Alaskan/Canadian
    or Alcan Highway which ran from Dawson Creek, B.C. Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.
    Alaska didn’t become a state until 1959. In May 1943 he was in on the invasion of Attu
    in the Aleutian Islands. He carried a Garand M-1 rifle wrapped in a shelter half while
    operating a bull dozer (Cat) during construction of the Alcan Highway. Though he never had to fire a shot in anger, his M-1 was always withing reach just in case the
    Japanese invaded the mainland. Too, he mentioned while in British Columbia or B.C.
    Canada they were so isolated and remote the company commander allowed G.I.’s to
    supplement their meager rations with moose meat. Thus the only rifles they would
    have had would either be a .30 caliber ’03 Springfield or M-1 Garand. I’m uncertain
    if full metal jacketed military or sporting .30-06 ammo was used to bring in the meat.
    Nonetheless they killed several moose for fresh meat which was delivered to camp
    via a snow sled pulled behind a Cat. The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
    visited the camp and mentioned moose being illegally killed. However, the CO or
    whoever denied to the Mounties they were killing moose. Well…..in a situation like
    this where a company needs fresh meat what is the alternative?

    • My dad enlisted in June ’41 and after basic was sent to build the Alcan Highway. I think he spent most of his time in Alaska, but for all I know, our respective fathers may have eaten the same moose. My old man told me that mosse meat looked bad but tasted delicious. My father also drove dozers and trucks. He, too, carried the M1 Garand, which he praised the rest of his life (which ended all too soon). He never mentioned the 1903 Springfield, so I don’t know whether it was issued to soldiers on the Alcan detail. He probably trained with it, though.

      Thanks for reminding me about my dad’s tales.

  14. When i was a 13 year old farm boy,dreaming of going “up north” deer hunting,and dreaming at the time of the relatively new rifle make;Weatherby. I saved my allowance,and sent in for a .303 British Enfield. It was delivered to my mailbox by our postman. It took me another lifetime to get my hands on a box of .303’s. My first target was an old five gallon pail i walked down about 200 paces to an open spot on the ridge that flanked the 20 acre field behind our farm house.Years later i did a more careful assessment of the distance,and i put it at about 150-175 yards. I had some sort of a rest configured behind the house where i could rest my Enield on. I raised the the ladder sight. I use the term ladder sight,because i fogot what to call the adjustable rear sight. It seems as though it were some sort of peep in a folding tower. I put the front sight on the pail, lined it up in the peep,and squeezed off a round. I was totally forgiving of the Enfields obscure looks when that pail jumped from the bullet impact,and rolled down the hillside. I ran just about all the way to the pail to see where my bullet had hit.It was near dead center. I never did get to use it “up north” though. The Enfield had the looks of an ugly rifle that had been dragged behind the tractor for a days plowing,but it was totally accurate. My 72 year old eyes demand a scope nowadays though. I believe the rear sight was adjustable to somewhere around 800 yards,or more.not sure,it’s been about 60 years since then.

  15. Time,and memory may have moved that hole in the five gallon pale from some place other than dead center to dead center,never the less it still makes me smile to think that i hit that pail on the first try.

  16. You know speaking of the .303 British it too was formerly chambered in the John M.
    Browning Winchester Model 1895 lever action box magazine rifle and carbine. Reason:
    It was first chambered in the Winchester Model 95 I believe in 1898 when the
    Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska commenced. Actually for Canadian hunters who hunted
    in the Far North due to ammo logisitics and availablity. Remember the venerable
    .303 British was officially the military caliber of Britain and the Commonweath:
    Australia, India, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, etc. up to 1957. Originally the
    .303 British was developed in 1887-88 with Cordite poweder being loaded in 1892.
    Also, the 1891 vintage 7.62mm Russian chambered in the Russian/Soviet Mosin-
    Nagant bolt action rifle, including a number of Winchester Model 1895’s (1915-1916)
    for the Czarist Imperial Russian Government, I understand to date remains in common use with hunters and fur trappers in Siberia. Thus proving bullet placement
    and marksmanship still beats caliber for bringing home the meat. If a hunter or shooter is proficient, competent, safe, and accurate with a standard rifle caliber:
    .300 Savage, .303 British, 7.62mm Russian, 7mm Mauser (7×57), or even the .30-06
    Springfield, then why do they need a magnum?

    • Thanks for the history info on the British Lee Enfield,and it’s .303 round. That ugly old rifle brings back some fond memories of my childhood,and president Eisenhauer.

    • I mentioned my dream of a Weatherby when i was a boy. I finally got one new in 1973 in .300 Weatherby magnum. You have shed light on a truism that i found out after blasting a few deer with what my hunting buddy called my “cannon” In 1977 i bought a 6MM Ruger M77,and have shot a truckload of deer with it. All one shot kills, except one using 86???grain,and mostly 100 grain bullets. My Weatherby is in new condition after 38 years. It still looks better than the new ones. Mine has beautiful wood on it. It was also a wedding present from my wife. The gun,two boxes of shells,and a rather fancy for the time guncase,and leather sling,along with a Redfield scope cost her $425.00 on the head.

      • $425 in 1973 was a month’s take home pay for my father in 1973. Granted, he didn’t have a particularly good paying job but still … What a nice rifle I could get if my wife let me spend a month of my take home pay today.

  17. The M-1 is one of my all time favorite rifles. My son and I have 4 between us. All have been worked on by Gerald ‘Hook’ Bouden and all will shoot on average about 1.5 MOA (8-16shots) with decent ammo. Some days with good light on the target and a solid rest 1 MOA. We also have several 1903 Springifelds which I bedded. They are all 1 MOA rifles and often will keep five shots in 3/4 MOA. The 1903 is more accurate in my experience but I like them both. They might be more accurate than my results indicate but my 58 year old eyeballs are the limiting factor. I built a homemade version of a 1903A4 and with 168 Sierras I can keep all rounds on the head of an E type silhouette at 600 yards and more all day long until I get tired of heating up the barrel. I went Distinguished shooting the M-14 while spending summers with the Army Shooting Team. I really like my Match M1-A but my favorite semi-auto is still the M1 and my favorite bolt gun is the 1903; my pre-64 M-70s, Remington 700s and 98 Mausers notwithstanding. I enjoy a lot of different rifles. Many such as the M-4 (Car-15) are specialized and thus better suited for some situations but when I operate a M1 or 1903 Springfield it is time spent with an old friend.

    • I hesitate to buy an AR type of weapon,but would like to own onefor fear the FBI will come aknockin.I to relish all rifles,and shooting them. One of my favorites is my Whitworth markX Express rifle in .375 H&H. This gun is too accurate for words,but i only shoot it a few times a year. It has a good deal of recoil.

    • The war would have shorter if Hitler had captured Moscow in 1941 or if he had won the Battle of Britian, or if the U.S. had invented the A-bomb earlier, or if the ME-262 had been fielded in sufficient numbers in 1943, or if the Japanese had decisively prevailed at Midway. I don’t think the Johnson would have made a damn bit of difference. As a matter of fact, I don’t think ANY Infantry weapon could have changed the course of the war.

      • Actually, if Hitler hadn’t been so against Assault Rifles (much like Nancy Pelosi) and had allowed the STG44 to be issued, then the Germans would have likely succeeded against the Russians. That’s right, the “Rifle that won WWII” wouldn’t be the good ol’ Garand anymore.

      • You are correct! Despite all the lament of small arms owners and even some infantrymen, it is the heavier armaments that has been the decisive implements of war, even during the Great War/WWI when infantry rifles were at their zenith on the modern battlefield, it was machine guns (took 25% of all deaths/wounds) and artillery (took 74% of kills/wounded on the battlefield; poison gas 1%) that rules supreme.

    • The only way the Johnson could have shortened the war was if one of my brothers (506th/101st) dropped into Berlin with one and dropped Hitler with it.

      By the way, Johnny, it is spelled GARAND, but you do have one thing right – the Garand was, and is, GRAND.

  18. Finally got a Garand after shoot possiables at 600 yards at P I in 1959 It is a thrill own a piece of history made in 1942 rebarreled in 1952 by the Springfield armory and shoots like it was made yesterday.. Fell in love with one back then and still love it.. Just a great shooting piece.. Like Patton said the greatest battle implement devised. He was right and it still is a great shooter to this day.. Enjoy shooting and hope all others do also Simper Fi..

  19. These days when you get a resupply of ammunition in the middle of a fight, you have to fill magazines before you can load your rifle. Not so with the Garand en-bloc clip: it let you fully load the rifle, in one move, with prepackaged ammunition straight out of the can. It wasn’t such a dumb idea. It meant that in sustained action you weren’t limited by the loaded magazines you happened to have on hand; if you got fresh ammo you could use it at once.

    In 1967 when the M16 was still new, our 5.56mm ammunition came in 20-round pasteboard boxes like hunting ammo — no stripper clips, as at present, for filling magazines. If you ran out of loaded magazines, your M16’s deliverable rate of fire dropped to that of a Springfield — and I don’t mean an ’03, I mean a trapdoor. The only answer was to carry 15 or 20 loaded magazines, twice what you were likely to require, so you’d never find yourself reloading them under fire.

    Anybody know why the Army never addressed the “pling” issue by making M1 clips out of some kind of tough plastic instead of steel? And as long as we’re on the subject, does anyone know why the Army put up for so long with the position-disclosing smokiness of M2 Ball ammunition? This — still evident to any present-day shooter of M2 Ball — made enough difference in WWII combat that Gen. Marshall specifically mentioned it in postwar reports, contrasting it with the low-observable German ammunition, but I never see a reference to it in historical writing now.

    • The “ping” made by the ejection of a spent Garand enbloc cannot be heard in the noise of battle – I speak from experience.

    • Disagree! If this was such a fine idea, then some other nation would have folowed suit in the adoption of a similar en-bloc clip for their military rifles, no one else did this! Also, a simple stripper-clip system would even have been better that the 8 en-bloc system used in the Garand. Just admit it, the U.S. Army Ordnance idiolts screwed up once again.

  20. From shooting Black powder I don’t think Windex will wash away corrosive salts any better, maybe less better…than real hot water. Most BP cleaning is with boiling water poured down the barrel so that it heats the metal fast and evaporates the water out of the metal without rusting. In WWII they issued a cleaner just for the corrosive salts primered weapons but its apprentley so toxic that it can’t be made anymore and many shooters husband a 70 year old can of cleaner like gold.

    • Check out RB-17 cleaner. The stuff is magic. It removes absolutely everything without damaging the metal.
      The military currently has a contract for it, but it’s not too hard to find regardless of the increased demand.

      Dropping some on a patch, then running a brush down the barrel will do so much more than Hoppe’s #9, Shooter’s Choice, CLP, or any other solvent will do.

    • Hoppes #9 worksd great for me. There are alsonew synethhic sovents that do work on corrosive ammo as well.

  21. M1 Garand, the Mercedes-Benz of Semi-Auto rifles. My Father owned one for several years, it was his issue rifle when he was drafted. We had alot of fun shooting that rifle together and, working up handloads for it. America owes a huge debt of gratitude to J.C. Garand.
    SBFP2012!

  22. I love the m1 garand ( was it General George S. Patton’s favorite gun?) This is one of my favorite guns one of the others is the colt model 1911.

  23. The M-1 Garand is and outstanding battle rifle and I greatly admire mine and consider it a heirloom. However I at one time owned a cross breed variant rifle known as the BM-59. A magazine fed equivalent of the M-1 Garand. The magazine fed feature is the only modification that could possibly be made to the original design of the M-1 that would improve it’s battlefield quality. The BM-59 was the interim development between the Garand and the M-14. I love them both and would have a difficult time in choosing which one to grab if the SHTF. I do favor my M-21.

  24. I inherited an M1 Garand. I have a lot to learn about it. The proper use of the sling seems complicated. I thought a sling was for carrying the rifle to leave hands free. Seems the sling is suppose to be wrapped around the left arm steadying the rifle when shooting. The little push button on the left side of the receiver seems to do nothing. That button must do something? The butt plate has a compartment in it. I suppose a cleaning kit was stored in the holes? It is easy to hirt oneself cleaning this rifle. The trigger assembly has a sharp spring projecting out. I sliced my finger on that spring removing the trigger assembly. One could get their thumb smashed by accidently releasing the bolt when pushing down on the magazine. The cocking lever is noticable if cycling it several times. I have not shot it yet. Being a semi auto I would think the recoil would be less than a bolt action. Hoping the barrel is not shot out.

    • Fred, The little button on the left side of the receiver is the clip release which allows you to unload a partially full clip. What you do is hold the operating handle to the rear with your right hand. put the palm of your left hand over the magazine with the fingers on the right side of the receiver and push that button with the left thumb. The clip and unfired rounds will spring up into your hand.

  25. You do realize that I’ll be out for guts?( I mean. You killed it. I sympathize with your eyes but dam. A scope on a WWII masterpiece.) but good review

  26. I have a very nice M1 and have ordered a UltiMAK – M-12 optic mount (which is exactly at the same level as the original wood it replaces.) I am planning on buying the Nikon EER 2.5 x 8 that you described in your article in the next few days.

    Are you still happy with this scope? What type and what height rings did you use to mount this scope. I want a removable scope mount. What would you recommend (good quality but won’t break the bank.)
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  27. I ended up scoping my garand using the amega mount and a 2.5 leupold EER scope. I put the same mount on my M1 carbine and can switch the scope between the two using quick detachable rings. I recorded the settings so the switch is quick. I have had a few garands over the years and this one is by far the best accuracy wise and looks new. The trigger was tuned and stock glassed. With very little load development, it is shooting a little over an inch at 100 yards ( 5 shot groups ). Now that I’m retired and have more time to shoot, I will be working on matching a load to the rifle and shooting out to 400 yards. The garand is fun to shoot but hard on brass. Of three 1903 rifles I have, one is a tack driver with reloads. Since I also shoot a Vepr in 308, a m40A1 clone and car 15, I am busy reloading and cleaning. The Vepr is the easiest semi auto rifle to clean. I gave my 303 away to a friend. It shot ok and had a fast bolt but I prefer a rimless case for military rifles. The M40A1 is the most accurate rifle I own.

  28. Pretty sure the sound of the En-block flying out and alerting the germans is one of those fond wartime stories. I’ve heard it a few times myself, it is persistent. But, I have read that german soldiers couldn’t hear it during firefights and that they knew that even if an American soldier had just fired his eight rounds and had to reload, that there was also another soldier or soldiers nearby that didn’t and was ready to shoot. Makes sense. Plus, all bets are off if the American has a back up sidearm. Just wouldn’t be a smart move on the german’s part to charge and maybe kill one guy knowing they’d run a greater risk of getting killed themselves by leaving their position. That being said, I just ordered a Garand from the CMP and can’t wait to get my mitts on it.

  29. […] So in the dwarf gourami’s inferior spouting ability, we see the prospect of what might be called an “intermediate form” in the archer fish lineage–another species that lies somewhere on the path between Zero and Hero. GTA goes on at length about how the archer fish could have only been created, how, ”We should come to see more of the love, warmth, and even humor of our God in these little creatures!” on account of its extreme complexity and perfection for what it does. Well, how does he explain the dwarf gourami? I suppose this is more of God’s humor? “Haha! I’m gonna give this other guy an AS50 (a big ol’ sniper rifle), but all you get is a vintage M1 Garand!” […]

  30. I started basic with an M-1 made by Winchester in 1944 (had date stamped). After I got used to the recoil (badly bruised shoulder on first day of live fire), it was a sweet weapon, and with battle sight, I could hit almost anything. It performed superbly. Then, about the 7th week, we were told to bring our rifles to the supply room for exchange — “new” rifles. I signed for a new M-1 from the H&R (Harrington and Richards I think). A real POS. Frequent jams, failure to eject, operating rod handle jumped the track on the close combat range, my confidence went to hell. Oh, I longed for my old reliable Winchester. I later heard that there were problems with H&R rifles (M-16) in Nam. I believe it. You bet your life on your rifle.

  31. I joined the corps in 61 trained with the m1 then the m14 then nam the m1 was great so was the m14 i still have a m1 im 70 and still use my m1

    • Thanks for your service, you Viet Nam Vets were greatly dissolved by the President, SECDEF, DOD, Joint Chiefs and the general public! If the war protestors had a ‘hard on’ for anyone, it should have been the oliticans, they make war policy and decisions, not the grunt or career soldiers! Goes to show how stupid those college protestors were! Anyway….

      The M14 is what the M1 Garand should ahve been and it astounds me how the US Army Ordnance Corps actually missed the issue of the 8-round en-bloc clip instead of either a detachable magazine or a 10-rd stripper clip like the 1903 Springfield used.

  32. To me the M1 is like a 1960 Caddy, and Marilyn Monroe Icons that everyone wants. Well the M1 and Caddy, dont think my woman would appreciate Marilyn. HaHa. No really have a 1942 Garand, love the ….”PING!” Never heard granddad say anything about the empty en- bloc throw down to make the enemy think when empty thing.
    And he saw a ton of combat in WW2 82nd Airborne 5 battle stars and a few bronze stars and purple hearts. Saw action in Korea too, 1950- 52. If it was true granddad would have told me, I got my Garand 2 years before he passed away in 1996, learned alot about the Garand from him, even after all those years he could tell you how to strip it, clean it, sight it, it was as if he never forgot. He even told me about the night they parachuted into Normandy …….. very sad indeed…. and Market Garden in Holland, and the Bulge.

  33. guys ,we all are on the same side,some ‘nit pick ‘ over spelling/ typing ,some have big hands some little minds. thank ya much .

  34. Amazing what the “old timers” of the US military rifles will do. I have no experience with the Garand, but had the privilege of shooting an ’03 Springfield. One of the “inaccurate” models with a 2-groove bore. Standing, with no support & no sling, this jewel would shoot 2″ 5-shot groups at 100 yards with issue sights. Honestly, i was stunned! I truly did not think (even at age 30) I could shoot anything that well. Tried like Hell to buy that gun. My buddy eventually traded it for booze or “weed”. Don’t remember which.

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