My schedule and Mack's schedule finally meshed and I took a trip to the southern CMP office in Anniston Alabama. We went Garand shopping, I have wanted one for a long time, I had one before and it was a Century Arms Incorporated purchase, basically a civilian made some really crappy receivers for Garand parts and I got snookered into buying one. It was a Disaster, you can read the trials and tribulation of that rifle.
Well anyway I grabbed Mack from his domicile and we hit the road, it was good spending time with my friend and fellow tribe member.
Well we got to the CMP in Anniston..
Well I was picking up rifles by price tag, I was governed by how much cash I had with me, and the prices were higher than the website indicated. I had brought enough cash for a "Service Grade" rifle with extra left over the 10% Alabama sales tax. but the price for the rifles were higher than expected. As I was getting sticker shock, Mack found a "Winchester" Garand and told me to hang on to it, as he looked farther, he then found another one and told me to switch them. I got the better one.
While we were doing this...the creator/inventor of the Garand, Mr. John C Garand was watching the proceedings...
Mack choose real good. I asked him about that later and he replied self depreciating "Well it is a certain skill set I have."
Site, the "V" is in the right place and it is a long channel for the barrel compared to the Springfield stock, but the rifle does have a Remington operating rod, it has the RA marking, The Trigger group is from Springfield. but the stock has no cleaning compartment hole. Is that normal? The Stock might be this "Hackberry" stuff, I don't know..
All in all I am stoked that I finally have a good Garand, now I gotta find time to go to the range.