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My shooting buddy like me is getting on into age.
He is a WW2 hoarder for airplane magazines, 3006's and even a flawless jeep.
We talked about the shelves of magazines he has collected. They are flawless, but old stuff.
He bought an enclosed trailer big enough to take the jeep to various parades across the state.
I kept noticing that he complained how cold the ride in the jeep was when he went for a show.
He mentioned selling it and I told him that was a good idea, but buyers might be scarce due to the outright fact that the buyers for that year jeep were looking for a trail jeep, not a $20K show piece.
Add to that the old veterans are slowly fading away too.
He sold the unused business building, and his taxes were going to be out of sight.
He arranged to donate the jeep and trailer to a museum for a tax write off. Good move!
As for the 30/06's, he has six of them all original army versions. M1 Garand's. Flawless!
The ones that require a less powerful cartridge which he has a ton of.
Well, he fell recently and is barely able to function which is added to the palsy he has.
I had told him a while back to sell a few of the 30/06's as his wife would just give them away after he passed.
Well, here he is, all stove up and barely able to move.
I feel for him, but I warned him!
 

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Sad indeed. If the 30/06's are M-1 Garand in great shape, I would expect they will sell for a very good price. Not sure what less powerful cartridge means? Do you mean the .30 caliber carbine? If so they will sell easily and for a good price as well.
 

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The M-1 Garand used a lighter load cartridge that the modern 30/06 uses.
He explained this to me once, but I really did not pay attention.
He indicated that a newer modern load would damage the action on the M1's.
His M1's are perfect, but he refuses to sell them even though he cannot any longer shoot them.
 

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@ Terry_P: I have another take on the buyer's desire to own a M1 Garand.
So, here goes. The M1 is 9 shots that loads from a slide clip that will get your thumb mashed and is very heavy.
Compared to the modern AR 15 it is obsolete.
But there are a lot of them around that are owned by older guys that are dying off.
I think they will fall by the wayside in a few years.
I have not researched the selling prices to back this statement up.
Even my buddy bought an AR 15.
Your thoughts?
 

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The Garand has a 9 shot "clip" that is inserted down into the rifle and when you are empty it is ejected with a ping and you pop another in. It is a great shooting rifle and I qualified expert on it in our reserve unit back in the early 70's. In terms of stopping power I think it has it all over an AR. I have not heard it needed a lower pressure round and remember the old military rounds were 170 gr bullets and would hit like a sledge hammer. From what I have seen on Gun Broker they are selling at either side of $2,500 depending upon condition. Patton said it was the ultimate battle weapon and it could kill 3 different ways. Bullet, bayonet or butt stroke. It is heavy and even heavier than the M-14 I went through Basic and AIT with. I hated rifle PT with the M-14 so I imagine the Garand would make a man out of you in short order. The thing about the Garand is it could be dropped in the mud and still function. It takes a lot of neglect for it to not function. It is a great rifle but the AR allows the soldier to carry more rounds with less recoil and weight. Times change.
 

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First time I've seen "clip" used correctly in a while. I know soldiers hated the "ping" because it gave away your position and let the enemy know you were empty.
I'm not well informed on clips. I know the Garand clip stayed in the rifle until the last round as you said. There's another "stripper clip" that is inserted from the top. You hold down on the rounds and pull it out. You're "stripping" the rounds off of the clip. I'd guess that's obsolete too.
For the change in caliber, I've also read the .223 and 5.56 were intended to be less lethal. The idea that you don't have to kill the enemy, you just want to take him out of the fight. Taking care of him ties up enemy resources and people.
 
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I saw a story years ago about how the enemy would hear the "PING", and knowing they were reloading, would charge the foxhole.
Soldiers figured this out, and would hit their canteen with a knife, causing a "PING", then waiting on the charging enemy with a fully loaded Garand.
 
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