when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by keokeboy, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. StewNTexas

    StewNTexas Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    Ingleside, TX
    June, 1960 at Parris Island. I had been shooting since around 8 years old, mostly .22's, and an occasional chance to shoot my cousins 1903A3.

    During our qualification, I shot a 248, which put me as 'high rifle' in our batt. They put me on the rifle team, and I had to skip a week of mess duty. I sure did not miss that. After being assigned to 8th & I, between parades and time at Camp David, I was placed on the HQ rifle team. Lots of traveling, lots of trigger time. Many close matches, but no 14k in 1961.

    Went to Eastern Division matches at LaJune (sp) in '62. Got my first chunk of 14k there. A couple more later that year at Camp Perry. All our ammo was Frankfort Arsenal Match.

    Last transfer was to HMX-1 in late '62. Even though we lived/flew out of DC, our 'offical' duty station was Quantico. Short hop on a chopper, and we had plenty of those. The Corps did not have a sniper program at that time as it had been discontinued about the end of the Korean Conflict.

    I was 'asked', along with a couple of other guys to see what we could do with some rifles bought from a few manufacturers. First we stated by improving our accuracy with our M-1's from 600 yds to 1,000 yds., still open sights. After a few weeks of this, we moved to the 'new' stuff they bought, with improved sighting systems. We mostly worked with different factory reps to see what seemed to work best. We were not given much information regarding overall test results. During 'bad' weather days we assisted at the FBI range working with 'new guys'. This is when I discovered that the FBI hired people that had never fired a firearm.

    With all this going on, we were still officially assigned to presidential security.

    Did not re-up, as VietNam had started taking buddies. Not a lot of them were returning.

    Still miss not having a Garand of my own, but with my defib/pacemaker, my doctors will not let me shoot any shoulder fired weapon over .22 cal. I have started trying my hand as pistols. This is sort of funny as when I was on the USMC team, we were considered alternates on the pistol team. Were assiged a pistol box with a .22, .38 and .45. We seldom shot them, they were just another piece of luggage we hauled around.

    Was sitting in an English class in Cookeville, TN at Tennessee Tech the morning of Noverber 22nd, 1963. Heard the news, went outside to toss cookies, stayed stuck to the TV for the next 2 days. Saw a lot of my buds from DC there. If I had stayed in, I would have been in the middle of that whole damn mess.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2010
  2. Coast Guard 1967 Gutanimo ( GitMo Bay) ( SP) Cuba. pulled guard duty on the pier for our ship the Morganthau - they gave me an M1 & No Bullets.
    One month later on TDA going to Alaska awaiting orders had to pull shore patrol with the interservice MP's unit in NYC. Got stuck guarding a polish freighter in Brooklyn. Got issued a 45 and an M1 with live rounds. Polish were jumping ship and never going back. So I tell all of my Polish friends how much more dangerous the Government thinks they are then the Cubans.
    Oh I had no training on the M1 what so ever. we used the old Bolt actions in boot camp then the range at fire island and I never saw that piece I signed for again.
    here's funny one I was stationed in Cape May. NJ as my first duty station after DC school. Well they need some one to go to town with cash to buy different items we couldn't get through GS Stores ( remember in 1967 we had less men then the NY City police dept. and our budget was smaller) So i got a bond for handling cash ( they wanted a petty officer and i was the newest third class around, bottom of the pole but now liable as a non com) then they needed a guy to do( service and check the fire extinguishers in secure areas so that was under our DC job and i had already completed half the security check. So I got some level i don't even recall secret maybe. So then they decided since I was in the area ( operations something - that since i was lowly and had a clearance that they would get me a higher clearance and have me burn documents ( Carry the boxes and light'em up while a Lt JG watched me ) So then in one of the bunkers they found 4 crates of 45's there were bunkers full of stuff, some from the WW1 sea planes
    Any way they were some what rusty even with the cosmo . So they had no paper work and decided to survey. so again since i had all these dumb clearances Yup i had to load them in a International Travel All ( OLD) all our vehicles were navy throw aways. Drive them and that Lt JG to Philadelphia Naval/ Marine Brig. and read the numbers off and the JG read the numbers and some guy from the Treasury Dept wrote them down and I had to take them down and smash everything I could with a 3 lb hammer and throw the pieces in three different barrels. Seal the barrels and the Govt. man put a seal on. what a waste of 45's
    Funniest part of the story was I was trying to figure out how to snag one of these. Until we went the the different gates and they got slammed behind us. I knew I was leaving ,but my thoughts of any snagging were Long Gone.

  3. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
  4. K1D_5150

    K1D_5150 New Member

    Jan 28, 2010
    Hutchinson, KS
    In a gun shop in South Hutch 'bout a month ago, on the used rack. Never handled one though.
  5. bbqznbeer

    bbqznbeer New Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Ontario , Canada
    About 10yr ago I shot one for the first time and fell in love.
    I finally bought one ( '55 H&R ) 2yr ago and found my lost love all over again.

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2010
  6. 03 in boot, BAR aboard ship because I was the only one in my division built like a gorilla, first time I actually got to play with a M1 was 71 when I joined the Navy rifle team. Must have been a good gun because 9 months later I was shooting in the All Navy championships in a downpour at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It was a dirty trick to play on a man who had just been shooting for 9 months in the desert at White Sands New Mexico. I needed a life boat to lay in for the prone position.
  7. avingo

    avingo New Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    so fl
    i got mine a few months ago but havent had the chance to shoot it. seems i'v bought too many guns in the last year and so many havent been shot but the garand is going on the next trip to the range, got my ammo and springs clips..
  8. ronnieboy

    ronnieboy New Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    swampeast missouri
    it happened at my uncles funeral. He was at the bulge with patton, so he was entitled to a military salute of his piers, WWll vets with M1's. Some had crosses embedded in the stock, some had other medals affixed with pride. I heard the brass hulls rattle on the pavement, a cold chill passed over me. 2 months later i have a March 1942 SA. And am thankfull to have it. And i Remember Where its Been. ron
  9. Blizzard

    Blizzard New Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    1977, I was barely old enough to understand what I was looking at but I do remember it. It was BIG!! It was in the "forbidden room" down cellar. You didn't go in unless you were invited in. It was where Dad kept all his stuff; his few rifles and reloading items along with a chair and a bookshelf with just about every copy of Gun Digest from when they began to that present year. He had the M-1 and a few others that were family keepsakes to be passed down.
  10. VegasTech702

    VegasTech702 New Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    My Grandpa carried an M1 Garand while in the Marine Corps back in the early 50's. He introduced me to the M1 when I was 12 years old. I was able to load and shoot it successfully by the end of our outing. My shoulder hurt for a few days afterward.

    I have shot them several times since and I enjoy it but I am wouldn't want to carry one in combat. They are heavy, awkward to load, have a large amount of recoil and make the noise when you are empty that gives away your position.

    Out of all the rifles that have been deployed in our military, I would probably want an M14. If I could choose any rifle for infantry combat I would choose an M4 chambered in 6.8 SPC. For sniper or long range engagements I would want either an AI AWSM in .338 Lapua Mag or the Barrett M82 chambered in .416 Barrett.
  11. blackcat_attilio

    blackcat_attilio Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Northern Italy
    Hi! Nice kid!
  12. bbqznbeer

    bbqznbeer New Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Ontario , Canada
    I can scope it too with a B Square ( no D/T ) mount
    Photo'd with a Lyman 4x scope
    I have an Lyman Alaskan ( which is more "correct" ) ...but it's on my Longbranch No4 Mkl* ;)
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2010
  13. daw8752

    daw8752 New Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    July 1962, fort Jackson S.C. Basic training, It was the last time I handled one till the one I have now. It is a fine rifle, less recoil than a 1903A3.
  14. SSMN

    SSMN Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Ely, Minnesota
    1967...Issued to me in sniper configuration. National Match marked. Lace on leather cheekpiece. Big Unertl scope. No one else touched it after I sighted it in with NM rounds.

    JimK...Never knew the "lever action" cocking trick. Thanks for the new information (at least to me)
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2010
  15. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead New Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    Pioneer, CA
    1966 aboard the submarine USS Raton. M1's, Thompson sub machine guns, 1911's, Browning 50 Cal machine guns and a rocket launcher.
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