winchester or springfield??

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by missingthedead, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. missingthedead

    missingthedead New Member

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    hello,i am looking to purchase a ww11 m1 garand.i am new collector of military rifles and need some advice.i have heard the winchester is more valuable is this true? please help,thanks brian:confused:
  2. Admin

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    Welcome to TFF, Brian.

    Winchester M1's do bring a higher premium (if all correct) however,
    WWII era M1's i.e. Sprinfield that have serial #'s under the 2-million
    mark, will bring a higher pemium as well. This is just a brief outline,
    as many other factors come into play also, such as all parts correct,
    condition, etc. There are several members here that can help you
    with more detailed / specific info. Check back often and enjoy the
    forums.
  3. MRMIKE08075

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    personaly i prefer Winchester over Springfield...

    but a nice, correct International Harvester may bring a premium and command a bit more collector interest...

    having a "papered" gun would be desirable...

    a gun with DCM or CMP provanance...

    or the elusive "vet bring back" paperwork...

    the GCA (Garand Collectors Assoc.) is the place to inquire...

    and MTC at Mauser Central is probably the most knowedgable Garand Guru i know after McCLAIN, DUFF, and CANFIELD...

    best regards, mike.
  4. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Hi Brian.....welcome to TFF. :)

    Generally speaking, as Admin says, value lies in condition, correctness (all parts matching), manufacturer, and date of manufacture.

    Highest prices go to pre-WWII Springfields, then WWII Winchesters, and then WWII Springfields.

    International Harvesters and Harrington & Richardsons bring a bit less as they were of post-WWII (Korean war) manufacture.
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