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Winchester Garand Danish Navy Marked UPDATE

Discussion in 'M1 Garand' started by Anton, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Anton

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    Hello,
    received this Danish Navy Winchester M1 Garand in the mail today.
    I posted it before for advice.
    The barrel is a Danish VAR with MW of less than a 1.
    Has many Winchester parts including the stock.
    I got it for $850.00.
    How did I do?
     

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  6. jwrauch

    jwrauch G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Congrats on a nice Garand, JR
     
  7. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Nice looking rifle and good job with the pictures too.
     
  8. OldMike1030

    OldMike1030 G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    very nice looking. done good
     
  9. You scored big time!
     
  10. Anton

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    Thank you for the kind comments.
    Can anyone tell me about the stock?
    Looks like a legit Winchester to me.
    Is it short or long channel?
    Which one is more rare?
     
  11. Orlando

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    Nice rifle, the cut out in the grip and serial numbers pretty much kills any collector value on the stock
    Parts all appear reparked so not alot of collector value in them. I am in no way knocking your rifle just telling you what you have. It should make a great shooter and I think you got a fair deal on the rifle. It might be worth slightly more to someone who collects Danish returns
     
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  12. Anton

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    I am looking at it as I got a nice shooter with some collector value - meaning as a Danish return.
    There is some history there.
    It used to be that Lend Lease Garands were looked down upon.
    Now they go for big bucks.
    This is really like a brand new rifle.
    Does anyone know anything about the numbering on the stock.
    It does not match the receiver.
    I have been told that most of these Danish return rifles do not have stock numbers that match the receiver. Is that wrong?
     
  13. Orlando

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    Those Dansh returns are very common just as are all the other returns that CMP sells.Not really collectable as being returns and have no more value than any other mixmaster Garand
    You might be confusing them with the British lend/lease Garands
    The serial stamped on the stock doesnt match because it wasnt the one that was originally on the rifles when the Danes had it.
     
  14. anton67

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    No i am not confusing them with Lend Lease Garands as I have one of them.
    I was not sure about the stock numbers.
    Thank you for clarifying.
    Why would someone change stocks?
     
  15. Orlando

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    Same reason other rifles are mixmasters. Could also have happened when CMP had the rifle in their possesion.
     
  16. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    The original stock could have been broken. Or perhaps the inletting for the barrel, action, etc was compromised due to the wood being overly compressed during its life cycle. Or it could have become excessively saturated with oil, and it became more cost effective for someone to replace it than attempt to fix it. Time is sometimes more important than money and optimizing the collector value of a firearm after its service life is complete isn't a consideration that a unit armorer would even consider during that firearms service life.
     
  17. Orlando

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    Also either the sight cover doesnt belong or the stock or both.
    I beleive the disk cut out on the stock is a Army identifier and the cover is Navy
    Its hard to tell , rifles can get parts changed ,swapped ,rebuilt several times in their lifetimes. Its all part of the rifles history
    I remember the days of going through racks and racks of Danish returns at the North store, alot of them had early original parts on them
     
  18. Cyrano

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    $850 and he asks how he did.

    The local gun shop is selling Garands that look like they were dragged behind a tank over 20 miles of gravel road for $1,000 and he asks how he did.

    I'd say he did pretty well for a shootin' Garand, wouldn't you?
     
  19. anton67

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    Orlando isn't it more likely that the stock was replaced than the site hood/cover?
    It is obviously a replacement since the numbers do not match.
    There is nothing to suggest that the site hood/cover was changed.
     
  20. Orlando

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    What I'm trying to tell you is that anything is possible. Its a mixmaster so anything is possible.
    Again,I am not knocking your rifle in any way but you are trying to make it into more than it is. I see you have asked the same questions on another forum and basically been told what I have told you and you dont accpet it
    Shoot it and enjoy it for what it is