I woke up early this morning and went out to West GA. I met up with Steve Edwards, Steve is a fantastic guy with lots of experience with the M1 Garand and M14. I had contacted Steve maybe a year and a half ago about just doing a barrel swap for me. I have always wanted a Garand in .308 and a fellas the opportunity fell into my lap. I had ordered a Criterion barrel and had the time today to make the journey. @nsussf Steve did the following for me: 1. He went through my sights. Did some beveling on the sight aperture so It would sit better, he cleaned and rebuilt them. 2. Removed old barrel and installed new .308 CBI barrel. 2. Punched and peened the lower barrel band for tightness. 3. Timed the gas lock so it fit correctly. 4. Worked over the rear hand guard to just about NM tolerances. ( lots of hand fitting) 5. Got the trigger worked over and smoothed out. 4.5 LBS. 6. Shimmed in my trigger group for a tight fit 7. Went through all the internals. Cleaned and checked for tolerances. 8. Timed rifle with a USGI timing Block. 9. Did a 60 degree tilt test on the op rod for function. Very slick. 10. Reamed out the gas cylinder collar for better tolerance. 11. Hand reamed and head spaced the new .308 barrel. 12. CAREFULLY assembled the rifle. ( greased it as well) 13. Test fired for function. ( You will have to go and do that. Its amazing) 14. I have the famous yellow grease pencil lettering with signed hand guard. Lastly, I was calling X ring shots after I figured out my holds. ( Full cover hold) I hit it the bull at 100 & 250 yards. It was a very worthwhile experience. Pics to follow.