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Like, "The Department of Redundancy Department"...

CL, thanks for that clip. It took me back. Almost makes R.Lee Ermey in "Full Metal Jacket" look like a copycat.
 

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I would like to build a 1960's vintage garand. Which literature source has the best descriptions of what parts I would need to acquire for this type of build. I was thinking of getting NOS parts and excellent condition late production parts, but I would like to try to get what would be proper for this generation of rebuild.
The last offical Garand came off the assembly line at 10:43 AM on 17, May 1957, serial 6084405. There are a few higher serial number receivers but this was the last off the line
Its going to be cheaper to buy a Garand than build one , receivers are pretty tough to find right now
That being said if you want to build a Post War 1950's Garand with NOS parts PM me as I still have some left that I have been selling
 

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Actually, Beretta delivered M1's to Nigeria as late as 1970, and yes, they were REAL M1's and forged.

So....

They actually went out with BM59's. I owned a couple of them.

Indonesian and Ethiopian M1's were made in the sixties, too, in Italy, of course.
 

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The last offical Garand came off the assembly line at 10:43 AM on 17, May 1957, serial 6084405. There are a few higher serial number receivers but this was the last off the line
Its going to be cheaper to buy a Garand than build one , receivers are pretty tough to find right now
That being said if you want to build a Post War 1950's Garand with NOS parts PM me as I still have some left that I have been selling
Yea Orlando is right, a complete rifle is the best/least expensive way to go ! Ya could look around and find a Serial Number in the time frame your looking for, that would get ya going . If your really interested in a M1 Receiver let me know I can check with the person I have been dealing with the last couple years and see if they have any receivers left ! Had a good selection last year or so ! GI2
 

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As a complete novice, I found Duff's "The M1 Garand, Serial numbers & data sheet" to be very helpful. Canfield's "The M1 Garand Rifle" is another great book to read(I also use it instead of sandbags in my truck bed for traction in the snow!)


http://estore.thecmp.org/?cat=BKS
 

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Maybe not quite the scope of the article but here's a couple good videos dispelling some myths about the Garand. Hopefully useful at least to a couple newcomers to the M1 platform.
[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2idYNKWGm4[/ame]
[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbGoU-yx8YA[/ame]
[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFtouuMyNSo[/ame]
 

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My second M1 book--actually, the cleaved second half of what was, in 1996, a single very LARGE book with color innards--is THE CLASSIC M1 GARAND. It's intended to be more practical, and includes the "trigger job" that you almost can't screw up (but I am sure someone has!!),
The new, combined missive, complete with some color, new data from Italy in particular (direct from "the horse's mouth", by the way), and upgraded paper quality, will be THE ESSENTIAL M1 GARAND, from Skyhorse Publishing, New York.

Price below $30.00.

Out about February.

Amazon and some others are taking orders now, just in case someone is real eager.

https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guide-Garand-Rifle-Collectors-ebook/dp/B07BCNC7X8
 

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The new, combined missive, complete with some color, new data from Italy in particular (direct from "the horse's mouth", by the way), and upgraded paper quality, will be THE ESSENTIAL M1 GARAND, from Skyhorse Publishing, New York.

Price below $30.00.

Out about February.

Amazon and some others are taking orders now, just in case someone is real eager.

https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guide-Garand-Rifle-Collectors-ebook/dp/B07BCNC7X8
Dude, .... are we actually likely to see this most important M1 Garand book of yours anytime before the next Millennium?
 

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Dude, .... are we actually likely to see this most important M1 Garand book of yours anytime before the next Millennium? ROOL1

Jeez-Louise, ... been monitoring the CMP's Garand sub-forum for a while now, and I realize Paladin Press went hootzpah, but I've read all manner of lame excuses, like flooding in Texas affecting storage warehouses for books, and then, suddenly, somebody got laid up with a rampant case of crotch rot, or nut itch, or wut not. ICONEEK

Dude, let's get it done. ICONROLLEY
Guess you missed the about February part? As in 2019.....
 

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Skyhorse has set the date back. The information is on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Looks like May. That's the "bad" news.

However, it'll be very different from the old pair, not to mention about half the price for over a third more book. The interior color, frankly, is probably overblown. But the corrected, complete captions have apparently been used...

Supposedly there will be presented a lot of other material that "got lost" back when the original, rather hefty volume was split into two pieces.

Hopefully, some of the "muddy" captions changed by "proofreaders" ( mistake-inducers is what I call 'em!) will be re-installed, too.

376 pages, which means some 37% expansion, depending upon how they use frontispieces and forewords. Roughly 100 additional sheets.
 

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ping

Seems it's going to look MUCH better than I had ever dared hope. Nothing this complex is perfect on the first go-round, but after more than fifty major updates with the old publisher, the old two-volume duo wasn't what I had in mind when I began this ridiculous, miserable process about 1990 or so.

This gets pretty close.

It's a new edition, but the outcome is very close to what I had in mind about 1990 or so when this thing was first sent to all the publishers who rejected the project, telling me it had no chance and would be out of print in a week. Paladin, by the way, turned it down twice or more, then suggested I split it.

Looking back, that wasn't a real good decision.

So it's not "new", it's older in some ways than the old set, which even with the endless updates, never really got where it should've been.

Everything here is pre-printing, which is why the table of contents shows no page numbers, for example, but at LONG LAST, something encouraging has happened.

Moreover, Simon and Schuster will be the actual distributors, and that along with the very attractive pricing means, if I can only live another century or so, I might actually break even on all this foolishness. Skyhorse, of course, is the publisher. But the Simon and Schuster distributorship means there may eventually be a meal or two in this thing, after only thirty or forty years of endless work and misery.

People have asked, and I stumbled across more information this morning, while digging around for something else.

Looks as if hard copies might be available quite soon. I am not quite sure, but it APPEARS the electronic versions are already in distribution.

There will likely be a final edit, and hopefully, SOON.

The color use is quite lavish, and I was very surprised how much I, myself, enjoyed it.

Succinctly put, it may finally be what was envisioned some 30 years ago, when first I took my gazillion page manuscript in hand and showed it to the endless arrays of publishers, all of whom rejected it, some of them--INCLUDING PALADIN!!--rejected several times.

FINALLY, the passages about the work being practical and not industrial history got back in, in detail.

No, no elaborate or fancy claims. There's one picture mixup in what I saw, and a capital letter not used, and so on. But it has a kind of comfortable, homey look to me that is what I was hoping for all those decades ago.

The links below are "iffy", but poking around on the Simon & Schuster, Skyhorse, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon websites will yield a lot of the same info. I also did a generic image search, entering into the browser window, "ESSENTIAL M1 GARAND pages photos interior 2019". You might try the same.



Some links to the Skyhorse book, THE ESSENTIAL M1 GARAND:

https://skyhorse-us.imgix.net/covers...o=format&w=298

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1Kux5SPQWL.jpg

https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.ne...40129.in04.jpg

https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.ne...40129.in06.jpg

https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.ne...40129.in05.jpg

https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.ne...40129.in01.jpg

https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.ne...40129.in02.jpg

These are from cloudfront, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. Whether the links will work or not, I do not know. They were pre-publication, and they'll be pulled and revised constantly over the next months. However, if one does an image search using "skyhorse essential m1 garand book pages", SOMETHING will come up!! What I DO know is, the prices seem attractive, Simon and Schuster will apparently be the distributor, the hard copy is not yet out, but it seems as if it might actually get back to the original idea.

Apparently, the electronic versions are out, or at least for sale. Nosing around the Amazon site should yield more data, as will Barnes and Noble and some of the other literary/book sale sites. There's information on the Simon & Schuster site, too. They'll be distributing.

Color use seems lavish, especially compared to the old Paladin two-volume set, which used no interior color at all. To me, this never mattered much on the shots of the firearms, but in the action photos, the color adds some interest.

The Simon and Schuster site is showing it, which is good.

One picture mixup on page xii involves one of my favorite shots, one of the most taxing to plan and create, and so that's been addressed and will be rectified soon.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5492870795/

Not sure of everything, but I actually like the way this is set up!!

The use of color was almost startling!!

The above links will die soon, because they're pre-publication.

Info can be acquired on the S&S, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble sites.

All things considered, I'd have preferred driving a beer truck. Everyone is always glad to see them, nobody ever asks foolish questions, being misquoted doesn't matter, and there are no reviews or weird feedback to deal with until the drunks nearly pass out, and by then, driver and truck are GONE.

Just in case you wanted to know...
 

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