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The M1 Garand Owner's Guide Paperback – 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Scott A. Duff; 4th edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888722037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888722031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After returning Thompson's "The Complete M1 Garand" I was looking for something that was better suited for someone who does not know the ins and outs of the Garand. I was completely satisfied with this book.

Within 10 minutes of browsing through this book, I knew I had found what I was looking for. The book was laid out in a LOGICAL manner, well designed for a new Garand owner. He discusses the history. Enough to give the reader a good background, not so much to bore them to tears. He then discusses maintenance. While he draws from other sources, the line drawings are EXCELLENT, and much better move than blurry black and white photographs! He provides a list that says exactly what materials you need to own to properly clean and maintain M1. He goes into detail about the process. I wish he would have had a picture showing grease points, but he does give you a clear list telling you exactly what needs to be greased. He has complete dis-assembly and assembly directions. He has information for sighting in the rifle, info about this sights and various other parts (including some distinctions between early and late war models, and Winchester vs. SA differences. This book was perfect for what I was looking for. It does not give the reader a detailed guide to determining origin of minor parts but as I recall, he acknowledges that and refers the reader to a different text. This book is not for the person wishing to explore the originality of their rifle and the intricacies of the parts. It is exactly what it says, "an OWNERS GUIDE" but it goes way beyond your typical owners guide, including production dates numbers, etc. An appendix in the back provides helpful resources also.

Well worth the money, and exactly what you will need to get started.
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This book is mostly a technical guide with measurements, specs, grease points, ammunition considerations, and take-down instructions. There are a few pages in the front containing historical information. There is a very helpful tips and tricks chapter by various authors whom are all experts with the M1 Garand.

They book is laid out in a clear and logical manner that is easy to understand even for someone who is completely unfamiliar with the M1 (but not firearms).

EVERYTHING THAT A FIRST TIME OWNER NEEDS TO KNOW IS IN THIS BOOK. I highly recommend it.
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This book provides an excellent anatomical overview for the M1 Rifle. Its text, blown-out diagrams, and drawings are easy for both the layman and marksman to understand. The M1 Garand Owner's Guide is a must have for any current or prospective M1 owner.
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The disassembly section is rather well laid out and descriptive. Unfortunately, the assembly section doesn't mirror the level of detail. The author fails to admonish the new owner that certain disassembly procedures aren't for outside an armory or manufacturers facility. As an example, removing the slide from the follower assembly is very detailed, but there is no mention anywhere of how to reassemble the two pieces. When the author was asked how to re-assemble the two pieces, his initial response was "why would you have taken them apart?"

So descriptive, the effort put into the book misses the mark as a definitive owner's manual.
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There's an earlier review which mentions that the lubrication section has no pictures. I found a website that provides photographs with the exact spots requiring grease and it's so much clearer than a terse 11 item list.

I also have a problem with some of the organization. Field stripping isn't covered, just beyond depot-level disassembly. In practice, you'd just want to separate the stock, trigger group, and barrel/receiver assembly from each other for 90% of what you'd want to accomplish. Show that much, then break each of those down further. I think the _M1 Carbine Owner's Guide_ is better in this regard.

It's also kind of funny that the text warns us against reloading ammunition for the M1, but the author's biographical blurb says he has "over 10 years experience...reloading for the M1 rifle."

That stuff aside, it's a good and useful book, probably enough for most owners to get by with. Volume 2, _The M1 Garand Complete Assembly Guide_, has better pictures and diagrams. It doesn't have the short section on lubrication, or dealing with malfunctions. For that, go back to Vol 1.
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This book tells me everything I could possibly need to know about the Garand, and the line drawings make everything super clear. The addition of parts sources listed in the back are also of great value. Could not be happier!
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If you plan on doing quite a bit of maintenance on your Garand, this book would help, I goes thru the whole proces of disassemly to reassembly. If you don't have something similar to it, then you'll be missing out on some of the intricacies of maintenance of your Garand.
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For a supposedly authoritative book, this left a lot to be desired. The first part of the book traced the history of the M1. Interesting but not essential to an owner. The last part of the book, Tips and Tricks, had enough warnings and cautions that a person would be terrified of actually firing the Garand. The many contributors to this chapter warned about this and that and gives the impression the M1 is a temperamental and unforgiving rifle. Considering this rifle was carried by our military in WW2 and undoubtedly dropped in the mud, maintained under poor conditions and proved itself to be a robust rifle, the warnings read like legal disclaimers.

The exploded drawings weren't very helpful either. They might be good for a gunsmith but they don't help the owner to enjoy shooting a Garand. If you want to know how to shoot and maintain your Garand, look for the vintage training films on youtube.
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