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USMC rebuild Garand ("O-66")

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USMC rebuild Garand ("O-66")

#1 Post by Calfed » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:12 pm

I picked up an "O-66" Garand last year in pursuit of collecting some of the arsenal rebuilt Garands. The "O-66" Garands were rebuilt by the USMC in 1966. Likewise, there are "O" marked Garands rebuilt in 1965 (O-65) and 1967(O-67)

This one is in great shape. It almost looks like it was overhauled and then went into storage. The stock, bore, and parkerizing are in near perfect condition. There are a few very light rub marks on the stock and very few dents or dings.

The bore is "1-" on the CMP muzzle gauge and the lands and grooves are shiny and sharp.

Everything feels tight and I'm looking forward to shooting this one.

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#2 Post by Markeb2800 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:22 pm

She's a beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 Post by LCPfraTN » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:13 pm

Very nice rifle! As a former Jarhead, I'd love to add a bonified prior USMC gun to my collection someday.

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#4 Post by vandle » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:50 am

Very nice rifle. Unfortunately here in Oz Semi auto anything is heavily restricted. Very few opportunities to hold one let alone shoot it.

The bore gauge in the first picture, never seen one like it. Who manufactures/sells them?

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#5 Post by Calfed » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:14 am

Markeb2800 wrote:
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:22 pm
She's a beauty. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Mark
LCPfraTN wrote:
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:13 pm
Very nice rifle! As a former Jarhead, I'd love to add a bonified prior USMC gun to my collection someday.
Thanks!

Later the inscription was changed from "O-xx" to "OA-xx" or "OB-xx", to denote either Barstow or Albany. If you find one with those inscriptions, it isalmost certainly a USMC Garand.

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#6 Post by Calfed » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:19 am

vandle wrote:
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:50 am
Very nice rifle. Unfortunately here in Oz Semi auto anything is heavily restricted. Very few opportunities to hold one let alone shoot it.

The bore gauge in the first picture, never seen one like it. Who manufactures/sells them?

Cheers
Thanks, Vandle. I used to post on an Australian shooting forum. I know a little about what you face down there.

The bore gauge is from the Civiian Marksmanship Program, a quasi-governmental operation that promotes marksmanship and sells Garands and occasionally M1 carbines, 1903, 1917, and 03A3's to the public.

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#7 Post by Markeb2800 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:30 pm

vandle wrote:
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:50 am
Very nice rifle. Unfortunately here in Oz Semi auto anything is heavily restricted. Very few opportunities to hold one let alone shoot it.

The bore gauge in the first picture, never seen one like it. Who manufactures/sells them?

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#8 Post by vandle » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:09 am

Thanks for the heads up Markeb2800
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#9 Post by sowbelle » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:55 pm

Very nice rifle
Range report when you can

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#10 Post by Calfed » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:35 pm

I made a quick stop at the range because, as Albert Popwell famously stated, "I gots to know".

Only got in a few rounds to get it on paper @ 100 yards, then an 8 round clip of CMP Creedmoor target ammo.

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#11 Post by Gunny » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:41 pm

Certainly nice looking rifle
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#12 Post by 72 usmc » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:53 pm

The bore gauge in the first picture, never seen one like it. Who manufactures/sells them?
Vandle, As for bore gauges I like the Fulton armory gauge better than the CMP gauge. Its precision steel and well marked. See
http://www.fulton-armory.com/muzzlewear ... bores.aspx

then read this input: http://forum.shuffsparkerizing.com/show ... zzle-gauge
The CMP gauge has less marks. CMP muzzle gauge looks like a bullet. It has a machined flat surface that has 4 horizontal marks and only the numbers "0" and "2" engraved in the flat space. The "0" line indicates a MW = 0 which is a bore dia. 0.300 , a new barrel. Some can actually be tighter.
The 2 line indicates a MW = 2 = 0.002 wear = bore dia. 0.302
So there are 3 lines after zero and each line marks 0.001 wear.
Now the Fulton gauge is really nice precision steel and has 7 lines indicating the following:
0.0 indicates a .300 diameter bore, that is, .30 caliber, new, perfect.
0.5 is like new, .3005 caliber. Proper re-crowning will perfect the crown.
1.0 is excellent for a used barrel (.301 cal.) Re-crowning should make it like new.
1.5 is good (.3015 cal.). Proper re-crowning should make it excellent.
2.0 is fair (.302 cal.). Proper re-crowning should make it serviceable.
2.5 is poor (.3025 cal.). Proper re-crowning might make it serviceable.
3.0 or more is a "bald tire" and is now a British .303 caliber barrel. Replace barrel
I use it on my enfields and M1s. Think FULTON ARMORY :dance: :clap: :clap:

The M1 rifle is beyond fantastic- never seen one marked that way in WI, the muzzle gauge not so nice- just average. The bore looks so good it may actually be less than 1 on a precision gauge.
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.

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Re: USMC rebuild Garand ("O-66")

#13 Post by Calfed » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:44 pm

Thanks, Gunny and 72

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