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(Fox News)   Guy scours the net and is able to track down and purchase his dad's actual Korean war rifle, and gives him as a birthday present   (foxnews.com ) divider line
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2008-09-20 07:00:09 PM  
Without a doubt, the M1 Garand was one of the best battle rifles produced. And, not to mention, my absolute favorite rifle ever.

i36.tinypic.com
 
2008-09-20 07:06:05 PM  
that's not sappy, that's extremely i96.photobucket.com
 
2008-09-20 07:24:14 PM  
He gave his father as a birthday present to the Koreans?

I'm confused.
 
2008-09-20 07:25:55 PM  
That would be the last war where such a purchase could be made. At least until the federal gov't completely falls apart and everyone winds up toting an automatic rifle like some sub-saharan warzone.
 
2008-09-20 07:25:59 PM  
great, now pops doesn't need a buick and a farmers market to wreck havoc.
 
2008-09-20 07:26:22 PM  
Wow. That 'long shot' pun in the article is pretty bad, but considering how many M1s were made, that's a good application of the term.
 
2008-09-20 07:26:28 PM  
don't EVER piss off that girl
 
2008-09-20 07:26:33 PM  
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle I am useless.
 
2008-09-20 07:27:10 PM  

PacManDreaming: Without a doubt, the M1 Garand was one of the best battle rifles produced. And, not to mention, my absolute favorite rifle ever.


Heavy bugger as well weren't they? And after firing 0.30" at a range on Friday it makes me wonder if today's soldiers have it easy compared with their forebears.

/near London curiously enough
 
2008-09-20 07:28:49 PM  
FTA:: "After the war, the soldiers couldn't bring the rifles back with them,"

How did the Kentucky gun broker get it then?
It looks a little bigger than, say, a watch.
 
2008-09-20 07:28:57 PM  
He must have paid a pretty penny for it.
 
2008-09-20 07:29:08 PM  
Ahh, the Garand. Arguably one of the greatest rifles ever made.

In fact, arguably the greatest.

/Want.
 
2008-09-20 07:29:58 PM  
Did he kill any Koreans with it?
 
2008-09-20 07:30:42 PM  
Once again the ivory tower liberal media shows its complete ignorance of firearms. The M1 Carbine was a .30 cal. The M1 Garand uses the heavier .30-06.

I bet if this was a story on manicures or Hugo Chavez's favorite soccer team, you traitors would get it right.
 
2008-09-20 07:30:58 PM  

steevmit: Heavy bugger as well weren't they?


Yeah, but I'd rather have carried a Garand than a BAR(even though the BAR is super-cool and is second on my list of favorite rifles).
 
2008-09-20 07:31:45 PM  

itkeepsrepeating: FTA:: "After the war, the soldiers couldn't bring the rifles back with them,"

How did the Kentucky gun broker get it then?
It looks a little bigger than, say, a watch.


Well played, sir.

+1 internets to you.
 
2008-09-20 07:32:23 PM  
old dude probably never wanted to see that thing again

/hid the uncomfortable piece of metal ...
 
2008-09-20 07:33:52 PM  
Bad misuse of the SAPPY tag.

The man was a hero or serving his country with distinction, and the son deserves a lot of credit for tracking down that gun.

Not a sap anywhere in this one.
 
2008-09-20 07:34:06 PM  
itkeepsrepeating: It looks a little bigger than, say, a watch.

Ow. Owowow.
 
2008-09-20 07:34:17 PM  

mjk42: itkeepsrepeating: FTA:: "After the war, the soldiers couldn't bring the rifles back with them,"

How did the Kentucky gun broker get it then?
It looks a little bigger than, say, a watch.

Well played, sir.

+1 internets to you.


FTFA "They stayed in Korea coontil the 1980s),

Asshole
 
2008-09-20 07:34:22 PM  
The only "sappy' thing around here is the person who posted this and so-named it. You're a real sap, pally. A lowlife with no respect for what other people went thourgh so you'd continue to have the right to critisize them. Obviously nobody ever gave you the option to fight or die, so it's easy to make fun of a man who was given that choice.

Jerk.
 
2008-09-20 07:35:09 PM  

itkeepsrepeating: FTA:: "After the war, the soldiers couldn't bring the rifles back with them,"

How did the Kentucky gun broker get it then?
It looks a little bigger than, say, a watch.


FTFA:

"They stayed in Korea coontil the 1980s), when they were able to be imported back to the United States."

Brokers buy a huge batch of surplus rifles that have been in storage for a few decades, and feed them into the whole and resale channels.
 
2008-09-20 07:35:23 PM  
thestockmasters.com

/hotlinkeded
 
2008-09-20 07:35:27 PM  

Bills Cat: The only "sappy' thing around here is the person who posted this and so-named it. You're a real sap, pally. A lowlife with no respect for what other people went thourgh so you'd continue to have the right to critisize them. Obviously nobody ever gave you the option to fight or die, so it's easy to make fun of a man who was given that choice.

Jerk.


wad ... your panties are in one
 
2008-09-20 07:35:28 PM  
"and gives him as a birthday present"

So, he used the rifle to force his dad into slavery?
 
2008-09-20 07:35:54 PM  
I want a Garand badly. They really are the Cadillac of rifles. They are heavy as hell, but that weight absorbs most of the recoil of the .30-06. They are fairly cheap now too, I have seen them for between 750 and 1000 for like new condition restored rifles.

I am torn between the Garand and the M1a though. It is lighter, .308 bullets are less expensive, and it is fed from a detachable box magazine instead of those funny garand clips. It is also double the price though so I will probably get the garand first.
 
2008-09-20 07:36:24 PM  

itkeepsrepeating: FTA:: "After the war, the soldiers couldn't bring the rifles back with them,"

How did the Kentucky gun broker get it then?
It looks a little bigger than, say, a watch.


Hehe!
 
2008-09-20 07:36:56 PM  
wargarbl

FTW
 
2008-09-20 07:36:59 PM  

PacManDreaming: Without a doubt, the M1 Garand was one of the best battle rifles produced. And, not to mention, my absolute favorite rifle ever.


I have fired the M1 Garand and it is a very nice rifle but I like the WWII era M1 Carbine better.
 
2008-09-20 07:37:16 PM  

Sgt Otter: Once again the ivory tower liberal media shows its complete ignorance of firearms. The M1 Carbine was a .30 cal. The M1 Garand uses the heavier .30-06.


Um, .30-06 is 30 cal. As is the .308 NATO round. And the 7.62x39mm AK-47/SKS round. They're all 7.62mm in diameter, thus they're 30 cal.
 
2008-09-20 07:37:42 PM  
Let's argue. Best battle rifle, M1 or M14? Specifics please.

My DCM M1 was aquired in 1982. Mint! Where they only guranteed "serviceable". My shooting buddy's came in just short of run over by a truck.

BTW the M16 is a toy.

/popcorn
 
2008-09-20 07:38:56 PM  
Pic of the dad during the war:
img140.imageshack.us
 
2008-09-20 07:39:10 PM  

Bills Cat: The only "sappy' thing around here is the person who posted this and so-named it. You're a real sap, pally. A lowlife with no respect for what other people went thourgh so you'd continue to have the right to critisize them. Obviously nobody ever gave you the option to fight or die, so it's easy to make fun of a man who was given that choice.

Jerk.


Grr I like war! Nobody is sentimental about teh most intense years of his life! Grr internets! Real men have no feelings except honor and killing! RRAAARRRR
 
2008-09-20 07:40:09 PM  
Very cool indeed.
 
2008-09-20 07:41:42 PM  

Bills Cat: The only "sappy' thing around here is the person who posted this and so-named it. You're a real sap, pally. A lowlife with no respect for what other people went thourgh so you'd continue to have the right to critisize them. Obviously nobody ever gave you the option to fight or die, so it's easy to make fun of a man who was given that choice.

Jerk.


Hey Jennifer... Got a box of tissues for ya, sweetheart. Shut the fark up cry-baby.
 
2008-09-20 07:42:03 PM  

Dead_Pool_82: PacManDreaming: Without a doubt, the M1 Garand was one of the best battle rifles produced. And, not to mention, my absolute favorite rifle ever.

I have fired the M1 Garand and it is a very nice rifle but I like the WWII era M1 Carbine better.


The cartridge is too weak for my tastes. I would rather have a mini 30. Same basic design in a more powerful more widely available cartridge.
 
2008-09-20 07:44:14 PM  
i think img1.fark.net would have been more appropriate
 
2008-09-20 07:44:45 PM  

Sgt Otter: Once again the ivory tower liberal media shows its complete ignorance of firearms. The M1 Carbine was a .30 cal. The M1 Garand uses the heavier .30-06.

I bet if this was a story on manicures or Hugo Chavez's favorite soccer team, you traitors would get it right.


farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2008-09-20 07:45:03 PM  

smells_like_meat: Let's argue. Best battle rifle, M1 or M14? Specifics please.


M1 Garand, heavy, but controllable when fired. M14, heavy, but in full-auto, it climbs faster than an F-15 Eagle.
 
2008-09-20 07:45:35 PM  
img187.imageshack.us
 
2008-09-20 07:46:05 PM  

PacManDreaming: Sgt Otter: Once again the ivory tower liberal media shows its complete ignorance of firearms. The M1 Carbine was a .30 cal. The M1 Garand uses the heavier .30-06.

Um, .30-06 is 30 cal. As is the .308 NATO round. And the 7.62x39mm AK-47/SKS round. They're all 7.62mm in diameter, thus they're 30 cal.


Eh, I meant to type .30 Carbine. I was more parodying the Keyboard Commandos who flip out in every fark thread when "teh librul media" refers to a magazine and a clip, uses the term "assault weapon," etc.
 
2008-09-20 07:48:40 PM  

PacManDreaming: smells_like_meat: Let's argue. Best battle rifle, M1 or M14? Specifics please.

M1 Garand, heavy, but controllable when fired. M14, heavy, but in full-auto, it climbs faster than an F-15 Eagle. the Federal Deficit under a Republican administration.


9:30 show is completely different than the 7:30 show. It's been an honour to be here at the Phoenix Airport Sheraton!
 
2008-09-20 07:50:12 PM  
This makes me wonder what ever happened to my first M16A1? I still know the serial number.
 
2008-09-20 07:52:28 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: Sgt Otter: Once again the ivory tower liberal media shows its complete ignorance of firearms. The M1 Carbine was a .30 cal. The M1 Garand uses the heavier .30-06.

I bet if this was a story on manicures or Hugo Chavez's favorite soccer team, you traitors would get it right.


Dude, it links to Fox News. You might want to get your sarcasm detector checked out.
 
2008-09-20 07:53:15 PM  

Sgt Otter: Eh, I meant to type .30 Carbine. I was more parodying the Keyboard Commandos who flip out in every fark thread when "teh librul media" refers to a magazine and a clip, uses the term "assault weapon," etc.


Ah, OK. You'd be amazed at how many "gun experts" don't realize that most of those guns are the same caliber.
 
2008-09-20 07:54:49 PM  
Pic of the dad during the war:

Holy shiat, it's C. Emmerson Winchester III

 
2008-09-20 07:55:04 PM  

PacManDreaming: Sgt Otter: Eh, I meant to type .30 Carbine. I was more parodying the Keyboard Commandos who flip out in every fark thread when "teh librul media" refers to a magazine and a clip, uses the term "assault weapon," etc.

Ah, OK. You'd be amazed at how many "gun experts" don't realize that most of those guns are the same caliber.


Well, the projectiles having roughly the same diameter doesn't mean the cartridges are of the same caliber :P
 
2008-09-20 07:55:45 PM  

Kar98: Well, the projectiles having roughly the same diameter doesn't mean the cartridges are of the same caliber :P


I always like to see cartridges of that............caliber?
 
2008-09-20 07:58:36 PM  
This could be very good or very bad, depending on Dad's memories of the war. Still, I'm impressed.
 
2008-09-20 07:59:12 PM  
Interesting fact about the Garand:

Originally the US Marines didn't want the M1 Garand.

It wasn't as accurate at long ranges as the older Springfield 1903.

The M1 Garand and the Springfield both fired the same .30-06 round and both had 24" barrels but because the Garand was semi-auto it used some of the gas from the fired round to cycle the action and therefore lost some muzzle velocity and bullet trajectory.

The Springfield 1903 could do at 700 meters what the Garand did at 500. Seems minor but those Leathernecks back then were hardcore about single shot accuracy.

The original load for the Springfield was a 172 grain fmj at over 2700 fps and was WAY more powerful than the British .303 and the German 7.92. The .30-06 round was lightened for the Garand to I think somewhere in the 150 grain area or so.
 
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