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    Jack from Arkansas

    Hello all. I am Jack. I am a disabled vet (100% P&T) from the Navy. Have acquired 2 M1's from recently deceased father. He was 77 years old when he passed unexpectedly. He fell twice in one day, once landing hard on his left side and the second he fell backwards and bumped his head. Neither should have killed him but for some reason it did. GI bleed is what the death certificate read. But enough gloom, I came here seeking info about my M1's. One my father supposedly got while in the Navy in Korea. Not sure about the Korean War seeing he didn't go into the Navy until '60. And the other was acquired at a local gun shop about 15 years ago if I remember correctly. Would like to post some pics but not sure if I do that here or start another post. I will say that one of the M1's (one from Korea) is the normal length at 43" and some change, but the other is around 38" and some change and has an odd cutout in the top of the gun. I have never fired either of them and will probably look at selling the shorter one but will probably keep the one my dad brought back from Korea. Ok, well I have already learned a lot from the many different post on here, and I am sure I will learn a lot more in the coming days, weeks, month's, and years. Happy holidays to all, bah humbug. Jack.

    Hi Jack,
    Welcome aboard!
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by, and sign up.
    I'm sorry to read about your father's untimely passing.
    Please feel free to post photos of both rifles in this thread or in the general "Garand Forum" located here:
    I'm sure you'll receive a lot of feedback to help you out.
    Cheers from the Jersey Shore,
    Welcome to the Addiction!


      Welcome to the forum Jack. Thank you for your service and sorry for the loss of your Father.


        Welcome in from SoCal!

        Sorry to hear about your father's passing. The same circumstances took a friend's dad a couple weeks ago.


          Thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to respond. Ok, so since I have this topic going I might as well just post pics here instead of starting another one. One quick thing first though. I went and did some work at a buddy of mines, a small office and do some computer work. But I happened to look in one of the closets and I bumped into a Model 1903 rifle. Now it was not all there, I didn't want to poke around to much but I know the stock was there and the receiver and part of the barrel was there. Other than that I can't recall. I'll be there tomorrow and be sure to snap a few photos.

          But back to the M1's I have. I think I will just post a few photos and we can go from there. Click image for larger version

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ID:	13652 This M1 is the shorter of the two at around 38.5" with the odd cut out on the top of the barrel.

          The other is: Click image for larger version

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ID:	13655 this is the one my dad brought back from Korea Its 43.5ish". I have more pics but just didn't want to over do it on this first time around. Thanks for any info that you guys may provide I do appreciate it.
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            Jack can you please post more photos of the short M1.


              Here ya go RDS. Thanks for responding hopefully these will help some. Click image for larger version

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              Hopefully I am loading these right. Are you able to click the attachment or photo and make it bigger? Thanks



              • Jersey Devil
                Jersey Devil commented
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                Yes, Sir. The photos expand when clicked on. I have no idea what to make of that odd cut in the handguard, though. Very interesting!!

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                Ah ha......the chopped down front handguard suggests it's some variation of a "tanker" M1 Garand. Interesting! Thanks for sharing!!

                Here's a link to one of several threads here on this forum where "tanker" or "jungle" variants are discussed:
                So I stopped into a gun shop that time forgot. I never knew this place was there I just happened on it from a FFL search and was like "oh look at that I

                There are quite a few very, very knowledgeable folks here whom can speak with a lot more authority than I can on these variations.

                Welcome to the Addiction!


                  Any clue what might have been in place where the missing section is on the barrel? Thanks for the input.

                  Just now seen the your reply about the odd cut in the hand guard. Now I know the correct name for that part at least. Thanks.
                  Last edited by jackislost; 12-11-2017, 11:07 PM. Reason: Missed comment