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Old September 14th, 2018, 09:15 PM #1
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So I want to build a Garand...

As the title states, I'm starting to seriously consider whether or not I want to start acquiring parts (or a beater gun) and build myself a Garand in top-knotch condition. I've got a little experience now with repairing and assembling firearms myself but I'd like to know what exactly I am getting myself into.

The first question I have is simple. Should I acquire an already-built Garand and service it with any needed parts, or would it be more practical to acquire the parts I need one at a time? The goal is optimal performance here (FYI I plan to use a ported gas plug regardless of other parts).

My second question is just how much could each option cost? Presume I get the Garand pre-built from the CMP and service it up myself. Compare that with an assemblage of parts.

My final question is should I even bother and just buy one from a reputable builder? I love to put together firearms on my own, but one does have to take their own skills into account. I've (with help) pieced together a solid and accurate SKS that required hand-fiting but that's the limit of my experience.

So, what say yee MDS?
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Old September 14th, 2018, 09:50 PM #2
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Why not take the CMP build class?
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Old September 14th, 2018, 09:57 PM #4
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It all depends on your skill set. I can say itís a great learning experience but make sure you do your homework. I highly recommend picking up a copy of: the m1 garand complete assembly guide by Walt Kuleck with Clint McKee.
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Bitsing a rifle together gets expensive. I would buy two lessor grade rifles sift through the parts put one together and sell off what you your not happy with. Or then pick up what you need and sell the other rifle off as a whole. Familiarize yourself with the critical parts you need, select the better ones on initial buy and put it all together.
Then you can swap back and forth and adjust rinse repeat as necessary.
Barrels are plentiful from CMP and not difficult to install or just have them do it or another of your choice if you do not want to buy the tools. Which will add up quickly and just coerce you into more and more projects.
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