I remember seeing my first "Tanker" Garand when I got out of the service and a friend of mine bought one from an "Ace Hardware" in Morrow that sold firearms and I thought it was unique, but I didn't think anything of it. I wasn't into Garands back then, they had a couple more and I wish I had bought one for the novelty if nothing else. I have heard that they are more difficult to shoot than a regular Garand because they are "stubbier" than a regular Garand, basically the full power out of compact package. but I really don't know. I will have to ask someone that has one for their opinion that has one. I saw this article on "American Rifleman and shamelessly "clipped it because it was very good and I found it very informative.