U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1
known simply as...The Garand Rifle
I bought this rifle from the
Civilian Marksmanship Program last August at Camp Perry,
Ohio during the National Matches. I actually bought two,
and have a matching version
that is of the same grade. This is a Denmark version (see
below) that over time and warehousing
had bad or cracked stocks and were offered for sale at
the CMP without wood furniture. I bought brand new top-quality
walnut wood from Boyds' Gunstock Industries (BOYDS)
and had the rifle, stock and rear and forward handguard
assemblies custom fitted and fire-tested by my gunsmith
Eric Meitzner (715-378-2211) of Solon Springs, Wisconsin.
All of the extra U.S. original-issue front assembly parts
were purchased from Fulton
Armory of Savage, Maryland. Note the "flair"
of the custom wood-burned "Camp Perry 2005"
on the front handguard. This rifle is calibrated with
a muzzle erosion of 2 and a throat erosion of 2+. Not
bad for a Dane issue M1.
November 18, 2005
Danish M1s were U.S. M1s Springfields (like mine)
or Winchesters, mostly WWII production that went to
Denmark after the War. They were not "Lend Lease"
because Denmark was occupied during the War. There
were two distinct groups of rifles, one lot of approximately
20,000 were loaned to the Danes and the other lot
of possibly 40,000 were purchased by Denmark. This
rifle from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)
is of the first lot. Since these rifles were on loan
to Denmark the Danes simply gave them back. Unlike
the Brits, the Danes did not stamp proof and acceptance
marks all over the rifles and since the rifles were
not imported there are no import marks. The only marks
the Danes used were the anchor and three or four digit
number (possibly five) on the sight cover (Navy Issue),
and stamped serial number of the rifle on the bottom
area of the stock above the toe.