Gun Report

Springfield Armory Surplus M-1 Garand .30-06

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These very similar guns nonetheless have differences that allow us to make recommendations. The surplus gun got a Don't Buy because of its poor cosmetics. The Lithgow got a Buy for a goodmix of accuracy and value. The Springfield got a Don't Buy because of a chamber-sizing problem. The CMP gun got a Best Buy because it combined good function, passable accuracy, decent cosmetics and a low price.

Springfield Armory Surplus M-1 Garand .30-06

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A strong tug downward on that odd-looking trigger guard takes the entire trigger group out of the rifle and lets the barreled action and front wood come free from the main stock. The loop in the front of the trigger guard is the safety, here in the "On" position.
The rear aperture sight is fully adjustable. The right knob is windage and the left, elevation. The bolt is drawn back by that lever sticking out to the right. It connects with a gas port close The M14 uses a very similar setup.
This is the International harvester-actioned rifle, from the CMP, our pick of the quartet. Note the huge gouge on the stock beneath the bullet tips. Here the clip rests on the follower. To complete loading, the 8-round clip is shoved into the rifle fully, which releases the bolt to fly forward and chamber the first round. Quick thumbs don't get mashed.

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