Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

Garand ID Question

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by shibbershabber, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,298
    Likes Received:
    436
    At my grand-in-laws for Turkey day...

    Grandpa's got a garand collecting dust in the basement...

    I'm not too familiar with garands because they were always beyond my gun budget.

    This is a short, tanker model. Springfield marked receiver, no other markings except for numbers on the bolt.

    What I found odd was the bolt is chromed or polished or something. I've never seen this before on the garand I've handled before.

    Didn't find anything similar via Google search, maybe he did it himself. Thought I'd put it up here. Grandpa may not be able to give too many details, if you know what I mean.

    Thanks NWFA!
     
  2. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    98
    Several outfits built the "tanker" M1s with surplus parts.
    Quality varies from don't shoot it to OK.
    Some of these have e ven been seen with re welded receivers.
    Currently the best of this breed is the Mini G from Shuffs.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2014
  3. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    98
    More.
    The hard part of this is getting the operating rod geometry set to allow reliable functioning.
     
  4. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,298
    Likes Received:
    436
    I have a feeling this has been in there for a long, long time. I doubt its a recent model.
    It's sitting in a wall rack with a fishing rod and a junk Spanish muzzleloader

    What kind of markings should I look for?
     
  5. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    98
    Lock the bolt ALL the way to the rear.
    Then carefully inspect the insides of the receiver rails where the bolt runs.
    Use a flashlight and look closely for signs of welding or grinding.
    Its easy to grind the outside smooth, but not so on the inside.
    Be careful poking around in there, or you may learn about M1 thumb.
    That's the big one. A re-weld is a wall hanger.
    If its not welded, then it could likely be made to shoot.
    If I came into one like this, I'd ship it to Shuff to be rebuilt into a Mini-G.
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2014
    orygun likes this.
  6. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,298
    Likes Received:
    436
    Thanks, I'll have to see if I can get it down and have a look. Maybe clean it up a little
     
  7. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    98
    Waiting for the pictures...