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Another Garand added to the collection

Thread in 'Curios & Relics' started by dadx3, Oct 15, 2018.

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    I have been looking for a nice HRA M1 so I decided to make the approximately 3 hour drive from north of Atlanta to Birmingham to check out the Alabama Gun Collectors Gun Show. Of course, I had to stop and check CMP as I passed by but they had no HRAs.

    The gun show was much better than I am used to seeing around Atlanta with a fair amount of interesting stuff to look over. Most of the Garands and Carbines were priced kinda high as typical for gunshows.

    I came across a private seller who was set up at a single table liquidating some of his collection. I ended up buying HRA 4730629 for $950. It appears to be all correct and in Service Grade condition with ME 1.5 and TE 3, with really tight lockup of the trigger guard/stock. The stock has various dents and dings, but overall looks very good with a nice DAS. It also has the CMP Certificate from January 2004.
    I haven't had a chance to get pics yet, but will work on that tonight, as well as stripping it to check the parts.
     
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    Fantastic! I'll be looking to add my first Garand in the coming year, truly a dream rifle of mine. My grandfather was part of the Army Marksmanship Unit traveling to competitions around the US. I held onto one of the plaques when he passed on and have it hanging in my "man cave" from one they won. Though I'll never find the rifle he shot, just having one will bring back all the memories of him.

    The new house and wedding expenses has really drained my gun budget. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new Garand.
     
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    Any reason you chose the HRA? My Garand addiction started with just wanting a WWII rifle so I got a Springfield. Then I decided well Winchester made Garands in WWII so I'll stop with two Garands. I was at the CMP and an IHC Service Grade was priced as a Field Grade so I took it to the counter not wanting a tractor rifle and the staff said we will sell it at the lower price and another shopper said TAKE it. So there I was with 3 of 4 manufactures and said what the hell add an HRA.

    Of course I didn't want to wear out any of my collection so I justified a "spare" shooter Springfield Garand. The disease is known as Garanditis!
     
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    smk1026 U.S. Rifle Enthusiast

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    Nice snag! Its always a good weekend when you come home with an M1
     
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    I already have a couple of Springfields and a couple of Winchesters. Was looking at another HRA recently, but waited too long and missed it; I guess that gave me the bug to find a good one.

    Now I have the bug to find a good tractor gun, but cant do anything until I build up my funds. Maybe I should try and trade one of my Winnies for an IHC? Dang, that thought hurts a little.
     
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    If you know the serial number of his rifle you should post it on the CMP forums, or even call their customer service number. They have in the past connected people with particular rifles. Especially if it was a National Match, you may be able to locate it, although a National Match will cost a good bit more than standard M1s.
     
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    Here are some quick photos I took of it.

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