Always wanted a M1 Garand because my Dad carried one in WWII. Dad never talked to us kids much about the war as he got shot up pretty bad and bad memories I assume. He passed away 6 years ago so I am sol. Anyway there was a story in the local paper about a guy, about my age and his father, about my dad's age. The father remebered the serial number of his M1 from WWII. The son somehow found the exact gun in a gunshop in KY and bought it for his dad. Very touching story.
So I thought if I could get one that was close to when dad went in that would be something. Went to the CMP store last Monday with a couple buddies and picked out a couple. One nice Sprinfield and a Winchester. The Winchester was WWII but the Springfield was made in '54. The Winchester receiver was the only thing original on that one but the Springfield had more of the original parts. This is all new to me and I took the counter guy's advice and bought the Springfield. Should be a good shooter, still may look for a more original one from the war era. The stock is kind of beat up, nothing major and I think it adds character. Any advice or things to watch out for? I haven't cleaned it yet as I want one buddy to see it first. Thanks, Mark