2008.11.12 17:32 - Guns, M1 Garand, Miscellanea, Site/Meta, Zombie Preparedness
This is not correct, as checking the the CMP's eligibility requirements quickly reveals. Although it is no longer necessary to be a competitive shooter, it is still necessary to have some documentation indicating that you know your way around a gun.

Dang. Well, half-way there. Just have to see whether a C&R or CCW license is a better choice, I guess.
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It's because I have no taste 
2008.11.03 14:43 - Guns, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
Also, I enjoy offending certain classes of individual.

I won't know until I finally get the Garand out to the range and shoot it, but I strongly suspect that the muzzle is more or less completely out of the barrel. Replacing the barrel's going to involve a gunsmith, and I'm sorely tempted (right now, anyway) to have it built out to .308 if/when the time comes. This is purely a practical matter, as .308 Winchester/7.62x51 NATO is a lot easier to come up with than M2 Ball, and possibly the rifle will be less bothered by the prospect of commercial ammo0.

If it comes to that, I may just go all the way and bubba1 up the gun. I'm already thinking about a three-point sling, because it's not 1936 any longer, but I'd also need a synthetic stock. If I were really serious, it'd all get spray-painted blaze orange or a camo pattern, but I'm not that ambitious, and don't wish to offend myself doing this.2

I'll hold on to the stock and original barrel if it comes to that, though.

[Addendum: It occurs to me that most of my readers won't understand why that would be so offensive to some gun dorks. Lessee ...

First, it may help to understand that I'm talking about taking something like this, and turning it into something like the Oleg Volk's "Eightball".

Translated out of gun nerd, this is a bit like taking, say, Hamlet and translating the ye olde Shakespearian English into the American vernacular, complete with grammatical errors. If I then painted it orange, it would be like further translating it into LOLCAT. Some overly sensitive individuals probably would actually weep at that point.]

0. Or not--I don't know!
1. bubba - verb; in this context, seems to be a colloquial pejorative used in reference to the terrible things done by amateur gunsmiths to perfectly good guns in the privacy of their garage, shop or living room.
2. That said, holy cow, are those synthetic stocks ugly.3
3. The more I think about it, the less willing I am to do that. Polymer is ugly; hardwood is not.

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I think I finally have a line on Garand ammunition 
2008.10.27 13:26 - Guns, M1 Garand, Miscellanea, Zombie Preparedness
I'm reading that .30-06 loads with bullets weighing 150gr or less are reasonably safe for use in the Garand, so I may pick up a box or two at Le Mart d'Wal this week, just to have something that can be run through the rifle. (Like some other folks, I have an aversion to owning a gun I can't/won't use. Even if I only ever go to the range.)

It also appears that the CMP has modified their rules a bit, so that they no longer require one to actually shoot competitively, so the only requirement for membership (and, thereby, the ability to purchase surplus ammo) is "membership in an affiliated club". Although I think there is such a group locally, it seems that the Garand Collector's Association also qualifies.

I'ma go mail my application with this month's bills this evening.
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Feeling cranky today. 
2008.10.25 19:21 - Guns, M1 Garand
One bright spot was that my last order from Midway showed up, and the A-Zoom snap caps get along with the Garand just peachy. The Traditions version of the same item never did, and cost half again as much, so I'm gonna recommend you not buy those if you're looking for something like that. Buy the A-Zooms instead.

Seriously, it cost me less to buy 8 from Midway and have 'em shipped than to buy 6 of the Traditions variety from Bass Pro Shop. On top of that the A-Zooms seem to be of better (if simpler) construction, and more durable. One of the Traditions units appears to be ready to fail after a handful of runs through the action.

I think I'll be keeping the crappy ones around for a little while, but they're probably going to be destroyed on the next range trip.
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Holy cat. I has a rifle. 
2008.10.14 01:16 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
As per a previous entry, I bought a Garand and a Hi Power over the weekend.

The pistol was remarkably filthy, and has some damage to the finish, and, I think, some rust, on the front and back strap of the grip, and some more to the included magazines. As near as I can tell, the Hi Power didn't get cleaned before sale. Mags are replaceable, the frame looks serviceable. Sights may have to go, though. Whether to me or the shop, I don't know. Rear sight's adjustable, and looks a bit beat to me. Front's a large, triangular fixed blade. No idea if either's original or not. Grips look original, but I'm not really enamored of them, so I'm likely to replace them with something nicer-looking.

So, sights, grips, maybe the finish. If it comes to that, maybe I can get a beavertail thrown on the back to protect my hand, because I know it's going to bite me, at least at first. Nonetheless, when TD yammers about how 'nothing points like a Hi-Power' ... boy, he ain't kidding. That is impressive all on its own. Can't wait to take it to the range and see what it does. Will have to give it one more pass with Q-tips and CLP, though. Before it goes to the range a second time, I need to replace the recoil spring.

The Garand, on the other hand ... I'll need to do a detail strip to make sure it's properly lubed, but whoever sold that gun must have cried. I finally got the buttstock off this evening, and everything I've seen inside there so far is pristine. The bore is dark, but seems regular, stock has been refinished. I'm pretty sure there's not more than three parts originally from the same rifle (the receiver's marked Springfield with a serial number in the two millions, and I think the barrel's a Winchester, but am not yet certain). The buttplate is beat in enough to make getting the hatch open impossible without something like a knife to pry it open. The forward most band is brass or brass-plated. I wouldn't bet on the finish on the metal being original. But, damn does it look nice. Also came with a leather sling from Uncle Mike's, which I need to put back on the rifle before I forget.

Looks like detail stripping the rifle will be pretty easy, which is good.

And 'this is my rifle' is a warm thought.
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