Tanker Garand

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  1. cjcullom

    cjcullom Happy to be here Charter Life Member

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    Well I can find wiki info on these but I wanted a lil more info if I can get it. I found one and its a pretty girl but it looks like its not OEM and its a carbine. Anyone shot one or have one?

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    I shot one once and it didn't seem much different in recoil and muzzle blast than a standard M1. Accuracy seemed fair with ball ammo.

    On a historical note, the only real "tanker" models made by Springfield Armory were prototypes and they were never adopted because of premature wear, excessive muzzle blast and poor accuracy. They were known as the T26 Garand, not "tanker". if someone is trying to sell you one as a USGI issue or bring-back, then hold onto your cash.

    A lot of companies made conversion kits back in the day so you'll want to be cautious of what you buy. Some rifles ran fine and others were finicky. Tim Shufflin is regarded as building one of the best "tanker" models (aka - the mini-G)

    http://shuffsparkerizing.com/services/the-mini-g/
     
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    I have one in 30-06. An international Harvester. Built by a former N.C. and S.C. High Power Rifle Champion. I have seen real riflemen shoot groups with this rifle that I would not report for fear of being called a "Fabler". It has the same OAL as an M16, it is quite handy.
     
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    You should prob start a thread on that in rifle section. With some pics!
     
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    I bought mine from Pat L, at Randolph Shooters back when they were still in Sophia.
    It shoots well. That's been a few year ago.;)
     
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    cjcullom Happy to be here Charter Life Member

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    Im debating on waiting on a stock M1 garand or this one at $1300ish. None of these old war horses are reasonable any longer....I appreciate all that have shared! What is a price "range" on a stock M1? I have read from $800 up to $4k for an IH(rarest I was told) but this my first gas gun that doesnt start with AR(American Rifle). Again, many thanks for yalls information sharing!

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    Do some reading at the CMP forum, service grade M-1's are available for $730, shipped to your door.


    http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/m1-garand/

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    Sadly, the heyday of cheap M1's is long gone amigo and $800'ish is about the going rate for a mix-master service grade. And yes... certain models of M1 can make your checkbook cringe. Some factors that will raise the price on an M1 are:
    • the number of original and/or "correct" parts
    • condition and wear of the rifle
    • certain manufacturers are more desirable
    • provenance documenting the history of a particular rifle
    You want to some real sticker shock?... check out auction prices for the original gas-trap M1 rifles. They can command prices upwards of $30,000-$50,000!

    Check out some of the rarer ultra-collectable M1's that have sold at auction
    https://www.rockislandauction.com/blog/top-m1-garands/
     
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    I had one of the Tanker Garands late 80s. Only had it a short time as it didn't have the balance I was used to (carried one for 4 yrs on a drill team). Functioned fine but just didn't warm up to it. Don't remember who cut it down.

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    cjcullom Happy to be here Charter Life Member

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    nbkky71 that was a great read on the rare Garand pieces! I decided not to buy the carbine I had been looking at as I think my first M1 should be a full sized gal....Allllllll Stooooooock! Many thanks for all the feedback Gentlemen.....and the rest of you!

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    International Harvester Tanker Built to all NM specs Garand.jpg Same OAL as a Ruger 10-22.
     
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    See above.
     
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    Found a picture of mine from long ago.

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    Beautiful guns whether long or shorterized....thanks for posting the pics!

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    @Gator and @nbkky71 are spot on in what they say above. If you're really thinking of getting something ... in addition to what they said I'd offer this ...

    Luck of the draw is a great way to go and price can't be beat. CMP will stand behind anything they sell so if you have any problems they will make it right.

    Also check out the M1 Garands for sale by users forum. Many good deals to be had and it will be higher than the $730 but you can see what you're getting vs. the "luck of the draw" purchase. Some folks sell for only slightly more than they paid and one of those $730 rifles can be had for $800+ as they just don't fit a particular collectors interest. Prices are usually pretty good since the supply is high(er) here and folks are generally educated about it. I've purchased a couple over the years from forum members at good cost ... and M1D for example at $1550 + shipping vs. the CMP price of $1535 shipped but knew exactly what I was getting. Another reason to watch is just to see what things are selling for in preparation for purchasing.

    CMP Forums ==> Marketplace ==> Parts For Sale or Trade ==> M1 Garand
    http://forums.thecmp.org/forumdisplay.php?f=87

    Also, in the CMP Forums ==> CMP Sales ==> M1 Garand forum you can post pics and ask for value advice and many folks will happily offer their opinion on what they think something you're considering for purchase to be worth. Forewarning, will need some detailed description and pics go a long way towards getting an answer. You'll get out of it what you put into it with regards to effort and a lot of very nice and helpful folks.

    http://forums.thecmp.org/forumdisplay.php?f=7

    As @nbkky71 said - don't use the auction values as anything useful - they are always the extreme high end of premium prices paid but you can view some nice examples of M1s and associated parts-n-pieces of the M1 so you know what you're looking at/for when you do get ready to buy something.

    Final warning ... when you get one you'll want and even have to have another ... it's called Garanditis. I'm recovering and just sold off my collection of 7 - and I'm NOT even a collector - just had the bug for a while :confused: I will say this - every time I shot an M1 Garand it made me smile hard ... and made other parts of my anatomy hard - it's just fun and humbling to shoot the beast and realize the history of what you have in your hands and shoulder!
     
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    More great information!! It looks like every gunguy/gal should have one for posterities sake.....and what better caliber than a .30 to cover your posterior!! I will check out the CMP links sir, thank you Mike59!

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    If you want one made, Shuff is the guy to go to. Quick, expert service. This is one of my favorite rifles.
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    I just watched the Shuff video as I missed it earlier. How is recoil compared to a regular Garand? Can you run commercial feed or do you have to run Garand ammo? I noticed Shuff offered a .35 Whelen as an option....WOW! Talk about your large game Garand...lol.

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    Lafayette Gregory Les-ter not Ly-Chester

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    I have a Springfield made tanker in 308. It shoots great.
     
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    My rifle is a super-lite. No great noticeable difference in it and a full size one. Mine is in '06, again, no noticeable difference in recoil, when compared to .308.
     
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    I can't tell any recoil difference, but I am not recoil sensitive in the least, so I may be a poor judge. It doesn't bother any of the smaller folks that shoot it. Mine has the Shuster adjustable plug, but I've only ran Garand friendly stuff through it. I actually prefer it to my M1A/M14, just simpler, no frills, more fun.

    Took it to one the local hang outs a few years back and had the joy of watching an amazing 80-somthing year old man demonstrate all of his drills on the spot. In retrospect, I should have given it to him. You won't get that kind of joy from many other rifles.
     
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