M1 "Tanker"

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by firefighter1635, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    I was at my LGS yesturday and lo and behold they had a M1 tanker for sale they just got in on trade. It was a beautiful example, almost pristine, marked 899.99! :eek: Good price? I'm assumming so, i've seen them for much higher.

    I got a little devil self sitting on my right shoulder and a little angel self sitting on my left and they're battling it out right now.
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    It is most likely not an original Springfield prototype T26. Either way though, 899 is a good price if it's in good condition. Give it a very very detailed inspection and if the LGS doesn't allow you to have a gunsmith inspect it, then check the barrel markings and serial numbers. You can check the serial number against the M1 serial number lists. I do like having a smart phone with me so that I can do some research on the fly.

  3. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA

    There was never a production "Tanker" M1 Garand rifle. The standard barrel length is 24 inches.

    The gas is feed to the operating rod only a couple of inches from the end of the barrel. Any attempt to shorten the barrel will effect the operation of the gun. While it might be possible for a knowledgeable gunsmith to shorten the barrel and the gas system including the operating rod, it is doubtful the 'Tanker" gun you are looking at was done right.

    The bottom line is don't buy a "Tanker" version. It is a kludge made for appearances only and the chances of it operating reliability are less than 50-50 in my opinion. $900 will buy you a very nice M1 Garand that is not molested which will keep its value better than a "Tanker" version.

    CMP sells some very nice M1's in various conditions and someone who has jumped through all the hoops to get one might be willing to sell it for less than $900.

    Take a look here:


    I got a completely rebuilt M1 Garand with a new near match grade barrel (the "Special" grade) for less than $1000. The Service grade at $625 is an excellent rifle (I bought two of those, both excellent). Now, you have to qualify for these CMP rifles (and you may??) but there has to be one of these out there someone bought and is selling for the same or near the same money.

    Do yourself a big favor and don't buy a "Tanker". You may be sorry if you do.

    Also don't fall for a "Matched" number gun. There was no such thing. The numbers on the parts are the part drawing numbers. A "correct " gun will have all parts from the same time period. These guns were re-built many times and parts got all mixed up in the process. Unless someone has searched out all the "correct parts", you'll not find a "correct" parts gun today. Even CMP is sold out of the "Correct" guns.

    An M1 Garand is worth owning. They shoot well and are a big part of our US Military history. Ammo is good old 30-06 and Greek surplus military contract correct ammo is available through CMP at 192 rounds for about $100.

  4. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    Thanks LDBennett. I've spent some time researching the "tanker" versions this morning and I think i'm going to pass. Everything you've said has been said many times over on everything i've seen on the net.
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    I would like to see pictures of this Tanker gun just curious about what they look like...

    I have seen many a CMP Mossberg 44US get bought for dirt cheap then in 2 weeks show up on thatothergunauctionsite.com for 3 times what the people paid for them.
  6. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    It looks like a M1 Garand but shorter, type M1 Tanker in google it'll bring up alot of pics.
  7. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    They had on at a local gun shop here. It was not in very good shape but the price as I recall was under $500.
  8. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I would also pass on the tanker. Technically no such thing as a production gun made, they're hack jobs at best. Cool to look at I guess is about it.

    get yourself a nice CMP Garand instead! a fine gun that laid the groundwork for the best battle rifle ever made, the M14