I mean what better than to have a high powered rifle with a bayonet for home defense. Nothing says "Get off my lawn!" any clearer.
Going to get rid of the white out on the lettering as well. The barrel on the Garand is not as obnoxiously white as the flash makes it out to be. M1917 has all original markings as well.
Thanks all. Going to try and get to the range perhaps tomorrow. Problem is I have no wide open spaces to shoot these bad boys so I have to stick with an indoor range. It's NRA Headquarters so it's not all bad. 50yd lanes. Should be nice enough for open sites.
I am not up to par with M1 do's and don'ts, but was "scolded" by a fellow M1 owner regarding using hunting loads in my rifle. So I went to a site that sells 150gr M2 Ball ammo that is FMJ. Bought a few rounds, getting them tomorrow, will go back and see how they fair out. I was getting a jam here and there w/ the hunting ammunition. The ball ammo is taller so it should feed far better. We'll see. For anyone else in the market for M1 ammunition: http://www.ammogarand.com/
If anyone has a better site to deal with, post up. By far this is the most enjoyable rifle I've ever shot. The M1917 is a close second. If anyone has the means I would highly suggest getting a M1.
My brother and I went to the range a few days ago. We decided to shoot standing up at 50yds. He hasn't shot a rifle in years, but has always been a good shot. Granted he hit the target 3 times, but two of those rounds were about 1/4" apart from each other and 1/8" below a bullseye. I hit the target 6 times, but they were all low and barely on the paper (8X10 sheet).
M1, oh how I love thee, let me count the ways.
You should probably disassemble your gun thuroughly to check for damage. I have seen them disassemble themselves after shooting commercial ammo and then going to GI ball. This is what instruction manuals are made for.