Re: M1 Garand question
At the time I bought the Hakim most of the semi-auto military guns were off limits for ownership in California. The Hakim was available and not on any Assault Weapon ban list for CA. It was simply a semi-auto rifle much like a M1 Garand, a M1A, aM1 Carbine, or several other semi-auto rifles and totally legal in CA.
The whole thing changed shortly after I got the Hakim as people found the loop hole in the CA AW ban laws. It was limiting the "bad" features, using a tool to remove the magazine (Bullet Button), and limiting the mags to 10 rounds. Since the Hakim I have bought several CA legal so called AW guns: FN-FAL, PTR-91, a couple AR's. If I had know the future and realized how tough the Hakim is on brass I never would have bought it. But I got it now, shoot it occasionally, but have to relearn is operating instruction because it is so unlike any other gun I have. Make a mistake operating the Hakim and you may loose a finger tip! The bolt closes with authority!