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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meet Charlene!

Well after about two months or so, the lesser known variant of the Big Brown Truck of Happiness, the Little White Truck of Happiness brought me this today:








What was inside you ask? Why ladies and gentlemen meet the only Firearm here I have named:







Charlene, a M1 Garand, serial # 586XXXX. Appears to be at the end of the run for this rifle around 1957 if my GoogleFu works right. 

The CMP did it right, I have a great manual, target, clip, and other such stuff. So my question for my M1 experts *cough* Murphy, what to do next? I cannot fire it at my home range and it will be a couple of weeks before I can get here to shoot it. 
 

23 comments:

  1. Very cool. Congratulations.

    I ordered mine with the membership card in RWVA after Appleseed, slightly out of time with you. Mine appears to be just after the Korean war - 1955.

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    1. I think you will find your rifle as good as mine! Thank you Sir!

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  2. Oh Baby! What a sweetheart!! You need a proper sling, I'd get one from Turner's, and it'll take a week to figure the damn thing out...

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    1. Thanks DC and I will get a sling for her and thanks for the link!

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    1. Service grade. The tag on the rifle showed where the Armorer graded it. 1 is fantastic and 5 sucks. I scored 2's. It at first blush seems uh, perfectly serviceable!

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  4. Oh, that's gorgeous. I've wanted one of those for a while.

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    1. I so far love the thing, I know jack about it, but it is mine. I can figure it out and it is a handsome rifle IMHO.

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    2. Heck yes! Figuring out a new rifle is half the fun. It's what you do until you can shoot it. A friend and I affectionately call it "teddy bearing" which is carrying around a new gun like a kid with a teddy bear. Teddy bearing also occurs after the purchase of a cool new sling (usually tactical) or maybe some other piece of cool swag that needs some playing with. You know, just to make sure it works properly. ;)

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  5. First order of business is clean and lube it, and yes they DO use grease on M-1s... And concur on the sling! Either Turner for a 1907 or get a canvas one, and get it sized correctly (takes some playing with the 1907).

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  6. Most excellent indeed. Get it here and we'll give you a proper 100-yard zero and then start shooting it out to 400 yards. Menatime, work on disassembly and reassembly and you might as well slam your thumb in the bolt right off the bat and get it over with.

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  7. Can't go wrong with Lubriplate in the little pots with yellow lids, it's what was made for her. And watch out for your thumb!

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    1. I have Rig grease here and I think it will work ok. I will watch out for my thumb!

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  8. To field strip:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnjxnwCRz5k&feature=related
    Clean, lubricate, reassemble and dry fire. It's a really fun rifle to shoot and the only nicer set up is a semi auto BM-59.

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  9. I don't know if you reload ammo but if ou do, none of the very slow powders, The way the gas system is set up you'll bend the operating rod with, say, 4831.

    The Garand works best with the original military load, the 150 gr. bullet at around 2700 fps or the 172 at 2600.

    My dad carried a Garand in the Pacific Theater. During one of the drier of those islands the guys had to pee in the barrels because of those old corrosive primers. If you use any of that foreign milsurp ammo be sure and clean the bore and gas tube with water before messing with solvent. Most US surplus ammo that still goes BANG! will have the modern, non corrosive primers but, heck, in the USA water is cheap. And it doesn't hurt to be careful. Once a bore is pitted it's expensive to replace.

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    1. Peter, I reload handgun, not rifle yet. Thanks for the info! Oh, and welcome!

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  10. I am so late to this but a belated congratulations! This is one gun you'll have the rest of your life. Welcome to the club. Your badge of the busted thumb will be forthcoming.

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