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    M1 Garand- Advise me

    Several years ago I picked up a Springfield Armory M1icon Garand from late 1942 with a barrel that is marked Excel Gardner MA. I don't know much about that other than that someone suggested that it may be a Blue Sky import with that barrel mark. Whatever it is- it's garbage on the inside and I want to have at least the barrel replaced and have someone that knows the M1 go through it and see if everything is right with it.

    I live in CT and have no clue if there are any 'smiths around me that know what they're doing. Does anyone know of anyone local to CT? If not, are there recommendations on where to send it?
    If I'm rebarreling anyway, should I go with a .308? Any other advice?
    Thanks in advance.

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    You could have the CMPicon re-barrel your M1icon and go over the entire rifle.

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    The CMPicon has new production mil-spec barrels by Criterion that are very good. In 30-06 $190 and .308 $200. They require installation and finish reaming. The CMP Custom Shop does good work. Talk to your shooting buddies and see if they can put you onto a gunsmith who does this kind of work. Talk to older Service Rifle Shooters they may have a source.

    Building a .308 M1icon is not as simple as installing a .308 barrel. I would keep it in cal .30 and stock up on Greek HXP ammo or reload for it. At a minimum I would replace the operating rod spring and clip latch spring with new production mil-spec ones. Available from several vendors. I have used garandgear.com

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    .30-06 it shall remain, then. I will give the CMPicon a call one of these days and see about sending it to them and let them work their magic. Thanks for the replies.


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    Good advice. If you can't find a M1icon gunsmith up North, try Gus Fisher in Virginia. He's kind of the last word in Garands.


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    Orion 7 on Long Island is a good choice. I don't know where you are in CT, but if you take the ferry across LI Sound,to Port Jefferson, they are not far from there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deyomatic View Post
    .30-06 it shall remain, then. I will give the CMPicon a call one of these days and see about sending it to them and let them work their magic. Thanks for the replies.
    My first choice would be to send it to Gus Fisher.then when you get it back, you will know everything is right as rain.
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    Amen. Gus and Orion are both great and reliable.
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    Maybe Harry Cakounes, Saugus, MA. 781-233-1616. Call noon-7:00 Tues-Sat.

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