Comparing two different M1 Garands

Comparing two different M1 Garands

I had an opportunity to compare my 1942 Springfield Armory M1 Garand that was restored by Fulton-Armor to a 1945 Springfield Armory Special Grade M1 Garand from the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program). Both rifles are in outstanding shape and both perform perfectly. I’ll should you both in this video.

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  1. Edward Orr on November 11, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    I have an M1 Garand chambered in 308, itโ€™s a blast to shoot, super accurate, and could not be more reliable. It loves surplus 7.62 NATO and I miss when the Malaysian surplus crates were so prevalent cause it ate a steady diet of those and didnโ€™t give me one problem. Also I have the buttstock cuff and grab-n-go garand gear from olongapo outfitters, fantastic rugged equipment to carry extra ammo. Great video as always. Thank you.

  2. Anders Lind on November 11, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    How much is the field grade cmp garand

  3. craig contofalsky on November 11, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    The M1GRAND worked good for Clint Eastwood in "Grand Torino"!!๐Ÿ˜€

  4. MRE MADMAN on November 11, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    This is my rifle this is my gun this is for fighting and this is for fun

  5. 11ccom on November 11, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Chosin resevior Korea: Don’t use oil in an M1.

  6. Robert Saccenti on November 11, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Can you ask your friend if he did anything to the CMP stock? I just got one restocked by the CMP and it looks so dry in comparison to this one. Wondering if he did BLO or Tung Oil or some other finish?

  7. Tony DeVault on November 11, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    You should do a video on how to properly lube the Garrand.

  8. mickerdoodle51 on November 11, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Great to see you again. I had feared you were gone away.

  9. David Nguyen on November 11, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Are 180 grains Remington 30.06 ammos ok to shoot with the garands? I subscribed and like your video. Thank you!

  10. Denis Cleaver on November 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Super/duper info, thanks! Love that Garand !

  11. Meathead Jose on November 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    That is a beautiful rifle I see them all the time in Mom and Pop stores but most of them have been butchered

  12. raul torres on November 11, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    What web site is that grab and go vest? I did not catch it?

  13. 77rviper on November 11, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I reload for my M1 Garand using 147 grain FMJ bullets and the prescribed load for that rifle. For hunting I had a couple hundred "Leverevolution" flex tip bullets that I use. I haven’t shot a deer with it yet but point of aim is about the same as the FMJ load at 100 yards.

  14. Michael Carbonaro on November 11, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    How much did the Fulton cost ?

  15. 11ccom on November 11, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Fastest M1 reload: 11ccom

  16. Beardedcap on November 11, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    I have one of the CMP special grades in .308 and it is such a great rifle and fun to shoot. I figured .308 would just be cheaper and more available, and it’s not really a collector piece anyway if you go with the special grade.

  17. Ben Kanobe on November 11, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Joel. You don’t have an FFL-03. How were you able to purchase ammo online?

  18. George Washington on November 11, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    5:08 I have the same attitude toward lube, and my wife and girlfriend appreciate it

  19. Vincent Wesolowski on November 11, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    May I ask what is your formula for refinishing the M1 Garand stock?

  20. David Rankin on November 11, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    If you can go to one of the CMP stores, you can still find Rack Grade Specials M1 Garands with minor to no pitting (possibly/probably refinished) and some minor to no wobble on the wood for $650. Some of the $650 guns look like a teenage boy with acne, but they still shoot great, and they’re shooters with no historical value to ruin. Then you see that International Harvester in the corner for "just" $1050, and down the rabbit hole you go… ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Meathead Jose on November 11, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    They do kick like a mule though. imagine these guys in World War II hauling this thing around everywhere if those rifles could talk.

  22. Meathead Jose on November 11, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I got an M1 carbine 1944 never been shot the guy that owned it was a clerk he told my son that he never shot it I took it apart and he was right it never been shot, love those Old milsurps.

  23. velvetpilot2008 on November 11, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I’m dying to get one myself

  24. Minimus Max on November 11, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Looks like a Philippines return on the first one, at least the stock.

  25. GunGuyTV on November 11, 2021 at 9:58 pm

  26. keay rhyasen on November 11, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    i’m out of ammo… toss me a clip. * cop tosses 30 round 5.56 mag *
    i’m sorry, Joel, but the new Minute Men and Women are carrying the ARs. but i love your channel.
    i will be sending my money in to CMP as soon as my membership in the Garand Collectors Association is confirmed. apparently, the club i belong to isn’t affiliated even though they hold sanctioned competitions. bleh.
    even though my grandfather never carried the Garand in WWII because he was the radio operator, i would still like to own one for the historic value. as much as i would love to take my grand children out to teach them the history of the weapon their great, great grandfather used in freeing the world, i never had any children of my own so that point is mute. now that i’m thinking about it, i probably shouldn’t buy this rifle because it would be a selfish act on my part and someone else who could pass on the legacy might be denied an opportunity.
    i still love your channel though ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Todd Reuter Outdoors on November 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    What is the belt shown in the thumbnail?? Iโ€™d really like to get one.

  28. Ken Fischmann on November 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I have 3 M1’s, all started as 1942 SA builds. The 1st I bought back in the 70’s from a retired ARMY armorer that built a great shooter for me when he found out I started shooting NM. The second was bought from an old timer I worked with in the 80’s. He was retiring and moving to NYC, he knew I was into M1’s and wanted to sell it. $400 later and I took it home, cleaned it and noticed a block in the clip well. Yup, it was a NAVY Mk II, Mod1 with an AMF barrel !! I told him about the Garand but he was happy for me to have it. OK, hit the lottery. My last one is also a CMP Special Grade I picked up just like yours in a new stock with a new barrel dated 1955 in May of 2020, a Philippine return. I picked it up at Camp Perry took it home and tore it down. It was also dry as a bone and had heavy fouling in the barrel. After literally days of cleaning with JB Bore Paste and a good lube I took it out to shoot it. I ran through 20 rounds or so to check function and warm the barrel. After a quick swab I loaded it with my H4895 150gr handloads and at 100 yards shot a 5 round group off the bench you could cover with a quarter, easily. I had my son shoot it with the same results. To say I was happy was an understatement and after roughly 500 rounds in the last year or so John Garands masterpiece continues to function at that level. The CMP knows what their doing and the price they are asking for Garands is one of the best deals around, mine cost $750. Like you said, once you have it, you have it and their not getting any cheaper.

  29. Jimmie Burleigh on November 11, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    There is a outfit in texas that modes them a few ways if you want a traditional hunting scope. 1 they mod it to take BAR magazines 2 them mod it to hand load 1 at a time with no clip. 3 they mod it with a trap door on bottom with a internal mag on floor plate kind of like typical browning hunting rifles.
    Plus they can change the barrel and mod it to shoot 308 in the traditional configuration or the other modifications…

  30. rutledge9016 on November 11, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Find a 16 inch bayonet too

  31. Chris Breck on November 11, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    People seem to place the sling on wrong.

  32. Timothy Ruggles on November 11, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    How about in 308

  33. cartjj on November 11, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Nice job on this, Joel. I’ve seen your other M1 review but missed this one on original release. I’m an M1 lover myself and share sentiments with you. Keep up the great vids.

    Major, Infantry
    USA Retired

  34. MICHAEL5656 on November 11, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    lucky. i wish i had a garand

  35. D on November 11, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    My favorite x2!

  36. War Planner on November 11, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Here’s the deal: you wanted the original wood because of the *CARTOUCHES*, buster!

  37. JW Pepper on November 11, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve had restorations cost between $600 and $1900. It depends on the condition. Curious what Fulton’s bill was so I have an idea of what to expect.

  38. Doug Yates on November 11, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I proudly own two that I got from CMP, they are Service and function great. I had them looked by a gunsmith to make sure that they were safe to fire. Get this, I paid 400$ each! Now they sell for over 1200$, I hear. Anyone want to buy a Garand:) Shoot safe, all!

  39. James Flynn on November 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Nice vid. Thanks. I love my M1 too.

  40. C A on November 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Overrated rifle. I’ll stick to my AK.

  41. mruiz1414 on November 11, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    if the enemy has body armor, the M1 is better that any 556,

  42. David Rankin on November 11, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    You should assume that any CMP gun is dry, and you should assume that any gun other than the M1 Specials are filthy. I love my Special M1 Garand, but it’s dry. It will get its weekend on the bench when I get done cleaning my CMP M1903 (that was a little dirt ball; not nearly as bad as my RTI Enfield, but I’m not sure the VFW guys have cleaned it in 30 years…).

  43. ASHOK KUMAR SINGH on November 11, 2021 at 10:14 pm


  44. RGL01 on November 11, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Yes we need all to be Minutemen now. Things have changed. The barbarians are at the gate.

  45. Mike Chiarelli on November 11, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    It may not be up to the challenge of todayโ€™s battlefield but as far as a โ€œminutemanโ€ long gun, hunting rifle or, with far lower recoil, a replacement to a home defense shot gun… the M1 Garand is a no brainer, especially when considering the 30-06 punch it packs! Oh, and itโ€™s Uber cool too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Alan Dustin on November 11, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    But the stock looks bad

  47. William Truchinski on November 11, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Love your Channel.
    I’ve been in Love with the M1 Grand for a while now. And I’m mulling over getting one.

  48. 40Mike Mike on November 11, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Funny how things have changed how do you feel about MinuteMen now i will carry my M1 if things get worse

  49. Bill Coons on November 11, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Well in 2020 with the Planned dimic maybe soo.

  50. Punisher 506 on November 11, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Searching for years for a ww2 era m1 live in Canada where do I find one thank you