It's been a while since I showed the Garand any love.
Now, about me, for you new people. When I started this blog, Jeff Cooper was only recently dead. And before I started writing this I was reading stuff. So I was an Art of the Rifle sold-on-the-concept true believer about Scout Rifles. Made sense to me, instantly. Some folks still don't get it, and that's fine.
It's also one of few firearm concepts I haven't discarded as I got more experienced. I still like the long eye relief help for my old eyes. And you can put a red dot on that forward rail, too, if you want. The only rifle I had to convert to a scout-style was the Garand, so I did. It's really the best way to put glass on a Garand design. M1 or M14 or M1A. Scope mounts on the reciever have never satisfied me, It's just an aluminum rail sold by Fulton Armory. Plus a Leupold scope.
When I did this I felt a little funny. It's one thing to swap out stuff on 1990s era M1A made in Illinoise for schlubs like me, it's another thing to change a piece of history by bolting on ticky tacky. Well, I got that M1A and set it up ticky tacky with a scout rail. And this week I cleaned and oiled the Garand, built in 1944 and converted to 7.62x51 by the Navy, later in it's life. I also took off the Ching Sling and restored the rear hand guard to it's original format. Seems more right.
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