My little story is that I wanted to pick up a vintage WW2 era rifle just for kicks and grins. Have not shot a gun since I was 12, and they were only my father's shotguns.
Anywho, was at the local gun shop, for the second time, and looked at the M44, Mosin Rifle and an Enfield made in India. Was thinking of picking up one, maybe two of them. Was talking with the seller and mentioned that one day I would be looking for a M1 Garand.
He told me to wait right where I was and went into another room. He came back with a gun in a case. Opens the case and there is sitting a M1. With a stock I am not real familiar with, not sure if it is an original to the gun. The stock had, what I later learned from reading online, tiger striping. I believe they call it the fiddleback. Not all the wood had it, just the entire stock.
Reason I am not sure if it is original is that there are no stamps or markings on the stock to indicate QA check, aresenal or anything. Looks purty though.
So I am looking at it and must have had a gleam in my eye cause Jim, the seller, ask me if I want to go out back and shoot it. We loaded up the clip and, let me tell you what, I never had as much joy in shooting a gun as this one. At that point, I think Jim knew he had a sell.
Now as to the gun, it is in pretty decent shape. Some dents and dings, but nothing major. Was made in August 0f '43 as far as I can tell. Springfield Armory with the serial number being 1 8XX XXX. Shoots real sweet and kicks like a mule. Will be doing some minor clean up on it to bring more of the beauty out, but when I get the chance, I will be posting some pics.
Now as to the other rifles I bought, I did get the M44, Mosin rifle and the Enfield. Guess you could say that when I jump into buying something, I jump right in.
Salute to y'all from Machesney Park, IL and good shooting.
Well Glad you stopped in to tell us about them. I am not as familiar with the M1 as I would like to be. Sounds like you got what you wanted and are looking forward to taking them all out for a test drive. I am sure the other members would love to hear a range report on any and all of your purchases. Welcome to the Forum, and don't be shy.
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