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Is this an abomination.....

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by yskippy, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. yskippy

    yskippy Tigard Life Member Lifetime Supporter

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    ....or is it acceptable?

    I have really enjoyed shooting my Garand(s) over the years, but as I'm getting older, using iron sights on anything over 150ish yards is much more difficult. I've put optics on just about all my rifles to help compensate for my fading vision.

    I stumbled on this the other day as I was looking at optic options for my M1 Garand:

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    So my question is, is this ok or is it a horrible insult to "the greatest battle implement ever invented"?

    Would love to hear your opinions
     
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  2. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    It looks like a fine thing to me.
     
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  3. cosmos

    cosmos Portland New Member

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    Whatever keeps you using that fine weapon is all groovy. As long as it isn't for looks or "coolness" factor alone, go for it.
     
  4. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    As long as you don't permanently destroy something, why not?
     
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  5. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    If you dont like it, I got room for one of those ;)
     
  6. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I also think that it's fine to do what you need to do to keep shooting that rifle.
     
  7. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You gotta do what you gotta do! It doesn't really even look all that terrible! Also, it's not like M-1's are an endangered species. Just enjoy your rifle!
     
  8. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    OMG!!! That is sacrilege! John C. Garand will come back from his grave and haunt
    you. LOL Just having some fun with you.
    I don't think it will qualify in a John C. Garand match "as issued"?
    Seriously NO ONE is ever turned away from a match no mater what mods they
    may have. You just may not be eligible for awards. Garand match coming up
    on Dec. 13 ar DRRC.
    http://www.douglasridge.org/cmp.html
     
  9. yskippy

    yskippy Tigard Life Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Wait...are you saying we didn't issue red dots to our boys in WWII? ;)
     
  10. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I love it....especially nowadays with my own CSS issues :D
     
  11. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My opinion is to do what ever your want. This forum is pretty easy going but a lot of the online gun community just love to put down other gun owners because they dont like a modification that was done or dont think that every milsurp rifle should be locked away in a museum like it was the Mona Lisa.

    Do whatever you want to your gun. You want to paint it purple? Go for it. You want to sporterize some gun that Patton personally shot Hitler with? Go for it!
     
  12. 66PonyCar

    66PonyCar Tigard, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It would be worse if you put it in the back of the safe and never shot it again. As long as you don't make an irreversible modification you won't be hurting its collector value either. So go for it and enjoy shooting it.
     
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  13. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Here's another, albeit expensive, option. I think this gives you a little more freedom in terms of what you can put on the rifle, from a variable or fixed power IER scope to a red dot or reflex sight.

    http://ultimak.com/BuyM1Garand.htm

    Again, no permanent alterations to the rifle with this product either.
     
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  14. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    We live in an Obama-nation, but the rifle is not one.
     
  15. muskoka

    muskoka Member

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    I think that's a great idea. My eyes are older now, and they are not what they were even ten years ago. Optics for me, unfortunately.
     
  16. Three Bars

    Three Bars Active Member

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    It doesn't look bad at all,actually, like the look.
    'Im 65, and full well understand the need for optics.

    Congratulations, you own a fine looking Garand...one of my all time favorite firearms... In my opinion, the best all around battle rifle of it's time. That's why they called it ''The rifle that won the war.''
     
  17. CV-66

    CV-66 Brush Prairie Member

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    Just got back from the emergency room. Doc said I need to control my blood pressure so please take this off your gun and sell it to me. I'll make sure it doesn't push someone else over the edge. :D
     
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  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Hey I put scopes on 22 lever guns cause I can't see a 22 hole out very far.
     
  19. countryboy865

    countryboy865 Hillsboro Member

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    I think its fine, nothing wrong with a modern touch to keep you shooting.
     
  20. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    My purist's eyes see no issue here.

    Keith