How to date an M1 Garand

How to date an M1 Garand

How to date an M1 Garand. This 1956 example is a fine piece of craftsmanship, this is a matching number example with exception of the trigger group which dates to 1945

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  1. Tim Dati on November 13, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Too mono tone too long to get to the point. couldn’t stay tuned

  2. NHZ on November 13, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Buy it some ammo, take it somewhere nice. But no shooting till the third date!

  3. Trollguy333 on November 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Goin in dry boys
    Wish me luck
    *Gets grand thumb*
    Fookin dies

  4. justin Jacobs on November 13, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I dated my m1 garand and boy was she smokin right on my target ..

    But she never called me back the next morning😓

    It was just one date, I’ll likely never see her again but she took my heart the moment I fondled her trigger ..

    I hope to see her again one day .. I may just have to settle and get a mail order bride from the cmp..

  5. lazyboy395 on November 13, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    How to date an M1:
    Show up on time. Make sure your reservation stands.
    Then run some good seller & belliot through her and watch the ground at your range explode.

  6. LRT #1 on November 13, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    You dont put polly urethane on a gun that lost my intrest

  7. RetroCNY on November 13, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    The stuff with germans waiting for the ping sound is utter myth. I don’t think it was very often where an American GI and a German troop ever found themselves in a 1 on 1 fight where they could do this. Reality was, if a German heard the ping sound and stuck his head up, chances are there’s another American soldier with a round in the chamber ready to fire while his buddy reloads. Not to mention there’s no way in hell a German is going to hear the garand ping from 100+ yards away with mortars and artillery going off, rifles and machineguns being fired all around him all while wearing no ear protection(so his ears would be ringing quite a bit), etc. Sure some of the fighting was in-close especially in hedgerow country but like I said, the ping stuff is mostly myth. Sure, maybe it happened a few times in isolated cases but it wasn’t this common thing that all german troops knew of.

  8. 6857100 on November 13, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    polyurethane?  Sacrilege!

  9. W. Rusty Lane on November 13, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    You mean you can’t completely field strip the M1? You just got it into its 3 major groups. You can take the op rod out and the bolt. You can remove the pin from the bullet guide and remove the bullet guide, follower and the follower arm out as well. Then ya can unscrew the gas plug and remove the gas cylinder locking nut and remove the gas cylinder then the front hand guard. It’s very easy to field strip the M1. Let me give you a warning–don’t shoot any commercial ammo out of your M1 unless you have an adjustable gas plug or you will end up with a bent op rod. M1’s were designed to shoot surplus WWI M2 ball ammo which is loaded with 150 grain FMJ bullets over 47.5 grains of short cut or long cut IMR 4895 powder. If you’re a reloader you can cast up some 200 grain gas check lead bullets and load them over about 37 grains of IMR 4895 powder which is the recommended powder to use in the M1 Garand. I’ve pulled many WWII surplus rounds and weighed the bullets and powder charges and they are almost always 150 grain FMJ flat base or boat tail over 47.5 grains of long cut or short cut IMR 4895 powder. I always use gas checks on my .30-06 reloads ’cause I cast my own bullets and you just cannot push lead as fast as you can FMJ bullets as they will strip the barrel and not engage the rifling properly.

  10. Paul Ackley on November 13, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Commercials always like portray "fathers" as being stupid. Very condescending.

  11. Larry Farris on November 13, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    @ 6:15 – All that little story means is you didn’t see a REAL ‘Band of Brothers’ veteran being interviewed. As any actual combat veteran of WW2 will tell you, there’s no way in combat a German soldier could have heard that "ping" the old wives tale speaks of. As my father said, "anyone who claims that could have been heard, has never been in combat with it [the M1]". That comes from a guy who saw plenty of combat; 35th Inf Div from Normandy hedgerows in the west of France to the Moselle River in the east of France. An infantry sgt with Purple Heart. I see no value in perpetuating that myth! Doesn’t do justice to history in general or to the Garand specifically.

  12. Burst of History on November 13, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    You try to hear a tiny ping with artilary and gunfire going off around you. Blokeontherange did a video on this, watch it, get enlightened!

  13. coelho sports & rec on November 13, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Good work. Was hoping you’d zoom out a bit to see the whole stock

  14. Trollguy333 on November 13, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I broke up with her for an m14
    (Cries because I dont own an m1 garand)

  15. Joe Gumino on November 13, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Might want to get to the point quicker

  16. Abrams-kun on November 13, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I 100% thought this was gonna be a shit post about literally romancing a gun

  17. Norman De George on November 13, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    How to date an M1? Can’t you just ask her out to dinner?

  18. politicallyinsensitive on November 13, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Not trying to call bs on someone who fought in WW2 but i seriously doubt the empty en-bloc trick worked.
    1) you’re not going be to only one shooting
    2) if a German soldier was close enough to hear it; they’d probably see you toss the empty one.

  19. Rocky Dang on November 13, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    How to date an m1 garand, ask her out ‘

  20. mazztek on November 13, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    What if I just want to be friends?

  21. djbred18 on November 13, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Uhhh on uhhhh it uhhh….so uhhhh….Damn dude get to the point

  22. Red line. on November 13, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    When the garrens were built they had matching serial numbers but since they were service weapons when they would go down from malfunction they would be taken apart and repaired and since there were two at the beginning of the world war II companies that made parts for the guarin they would intermix them later on into the 50s there would be four companies building parts for the grand you would have international harvesters you would have Winchester and you would also have Springfield parts intermixed but to the beginning of your video we American production gun companies do match serial numbers service weapons even today like the M16 and m4s are also done in the same fashion when they go through the repair process in military installations.

  23. Galen Hof on November 13, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    "Out of the closet"?…is it a homosexual rifle?

  24. Richard Flora on November 13, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    The barrel should be within 3 months in the receiver date that’s average so if you have a January 43 receiver you should have a April 43 barrel and you and me safe to say that they match and all the parts from that point on and everything when rebuild went on it didn’t matter they just put whatever specially during the Korean war time the fifties parts got into mixed with war two parts as long as was in working order who cares. If you have a different barrel with a different date higher or lower or from a different country a Danish , h&r, Winchester barrel Lmr or anything you pretty much know it’s been redone.

  25. Robert Emanuel on November 13, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Nope – NOT "Garand thumb." No old warhorse -and I’ve known and talked to many- who used the M1 EVER refers to the injured thumb as a "Garand thumb." They ALWAYS cite the "M1 thumb" – probably because "one" and "thumb" are a lot closer to rhyming than "Garand" and "thumb." "Garand thumb" is a first – and I’ve worked and frequented collector shows for decades.

  26. Ronbo Sigiown on November 13, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Winchester’s contract with the US Government ended in 1945.

  27. 63 grand sport on November 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The only way a German would hear an M1 clip sound is if the GI bounced it off the Germans helmet.

  28. Diamond Fred on November 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    PING… lol They’d have to b 6 feet away to hear PING…

  29. Freedom Storm on November 13, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    First, it’s probably a real good idea to shower. Then, flowers are always nice. Expensive restaurants and you can’t go wrong.

  30. Glacial8284 on November 13, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    You didn’t search this up lol

  31. Pat Dennis on November 13, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Your sling is installed incorrectly.

  32. Tom Dickens on November 13, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    That myth about the clip is an absolute lie. There’s no way you could hear the ping from 100m away in the heat of battle.

  33. Jimmy Mitchell on November 13, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    This guy is a goober and does not have a clue!!! It’s obvious he has not read what’s available on this subject or studied the history of this great implement !!!

  34. Roxas13XIII on November 13, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Well, you first have to get to know it, maybe buy it flowers, tell it it looks pretty and uh, maybe take it out for dinner and then see how it goes from there.

  35. W. Rusty Lane on November 13, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Yep, you have a later stamped metal trigger guard ’cause it does not have the rear loop on it which the milled trigger guards have. You should never put poly urethane on a stock–that’s a no no. Use Tru Oil. A WWII vet told me to never use anything but Tru Oil on the stock of an M1 Garand. The numbers on the receiver will date the receiver but all the rest of the numbers usually refer to drawing numbers except for the barrel. The M1 Garand does not use a magazine–it’s called a clip. The only US rifle that is clip fed. That story about the ping is total BULL SHIT. During battle do you think you could hear a ping in a heated battle? I’ve talked to WWII vets and they all told me that the ping story is total bull shit. They said they couldn’t hear anything except rifle fire during a fire fight. Your rifle has a birch stock group on it from what I can tell. Probably a sniper stock as they were usually made from birch. Most M1 Garands have American walnut for stocks.

  36. John Holzhey on November 13, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Serial numbers mean nothing when you turn out a thousand rifles per month, and rifles are repaired with scavenged parts in the armories.

  37. TexasDog3 on November 13, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    How do you tell which caliber an M 1 is? A .308 or 30-06? The only indication I see is "Cal 30 M1" on the back of the reciever. I called Fulton Armory, who made it refurbished it and they weren’t much help. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  38. Jonathan Bleyl on November 13, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Jesus Christ dude spit it out …

  39. steeler3258 on November 13, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Sooooo…how do find out when it was made

  40. An2oine on November 13, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Mine is a CMP select grade made in 1941 with a 3-51 barrel. Just checked it out.

  41. late 68 on November 13, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Still waiting on how to identify the year of the weapon can’t believe I waste my time listen to this Looney Tune

  42. Sosang Temjen on November 13, 2021 at 10:20 pm


  43. TexasDog3 on November 13, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Before dating such a beautiful lady, ask what she likes. If she’s ok with burgers and beer, she’s good to go. If she prefers the finer things, dump her. High maintenance broads are worthless!

  44. IHC Terra on November 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    First you walk up confidently and say, "hey, do you shoot around here often?

  45. Brandon Freer on November 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    M1 thumb

  46. A A on November 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I’m sorry but this video didn’t help you said uh and um like 2,000 times.

  47. HatedJared on November 13, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for this, I just pulled mine apart. Receiver is from Dec 1943. Barrel is from Jan 1945. Bolt October 1944-November 1944. Trigger group December 1942-November 1944. Op rod October 1942 to December 1943. Its a CMP rifle so its probably different parts based on the date, but pretty cool they are all 1945 and prior. Dont have the original stock though which is a bummer.

  48. baja joes on November 13, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    My Dad(ww2) told me if you filed down the Sear you could get it to fire AUTO but it was prone to jamming firing AUTO.

  49. Rob. Hum. on November 13, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Is it just me or at no point was it discussed how to determine the date?

  50. Kaktus965 on November 13, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I prefer to date women. But you do you 👍👍