View Full Version : Finished building my 7.62 NATO M1 Garand

01-22-2014, 08:18 PM
This build was being chronicled in the M1 build thread on that other forum, but I can't post these there anymore, so thought I'd share them with you guys. It started with one of the cheap Beretta receivers from SFRC and turned into this rifle using some parts I bought and some spares from the bin. New wood from Boyd's except for the rear handguard which is unissued USGI. Barrel is a new Criterion in 7.62NATO that I added fake markings to, similar to an SA 1966 Navy barrel.

I built the rifle, but the parkerizing was done by Nick at Vulcan Gun Refinishing. The wood is finished in raw linseed oil covered by Lee Valley polymerized linseed oil with bee's wax additive. No stain.

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01-22-2014, 08:33 PM
very nice Claven.

01-22-2014, 08:50 PM
I like

Rory McCanuck
01-22-2014, 08:51 PM
There's always just been something about those lines.
Looks very nice, well done.

01-22-2014, 09:03 PM
I really like how the wood turned out with the simple finish; that's the first complete rifle I've seen off those receivers. Looks like she just came out of the factory:)!

01-22-2014, 09:27 PM
I want...
How much?

01-22-2014, 09:44 PM
I want...
How much?

And how's it shoot?

01-23-2014, 03:49 AM
Clean sexy example of a fine rifle.

01-23-2014, 05:06 AM
I want...
How much?

Approximate costs:

Receiver = $50
Barrel = $400
Bolt = $80
Op Rod = $125
Trigger group = $90
Stock set = $150
Receiver internals = $80
Sights = $100
Gas system = $40
Stock metal = $50
Park job =$150

So about $1300 plus a bit more for shipping, etc. But I did all my own work and had the tools already.

01-23-2014, 10:08 AM
Beauty. This is also the first rifle I've seen built off SFRC's receivers, looking forward to more. Mine's going to be a long-term project so I have to live vicariously through you guys for a while. :)

01-23-2014, 10:16 AM
Looks Great! I am waiting for a few key parts and my first one will be ready to for the park work.

01-23-2014, 01:19 PM
Mine's going to be a long-term project so I have to live vicariously through you guys for a while. :)

Same here.

Beautiful rifle, it's exactly what I want.
Now my question, where are the $90 trigger groups?

01-23-2014, 05:57 PM
Wow.. nice build!

01-23-2014, 06:02 PM
Damn that is gorgeous. Hope mine turns out half as nice

01-23-2014, 06:11 PM
Same here.

Beautiful rifle, it's exactly what I want.
Now my question, where are the $90 trigger groups?

Numrich - and they do ship them to Canada. Get other stuff while you're at it, to cut down on the pinch of the shipping charges - they charge a lot for international shipping and processing fees. Last I checked, they also sold operating rods.

02-06-2014, 10:40 AM
Nice rifle - beautiful work !

02-06-2014, 11:02 PM
Very well done.:Beer time:

02-06-2014, 11:19 PM
Very nice job! I, too, am wondering how it shoots. Would be great to see some groups. Thanks for posting.

02-12-2014, 12:24 AM
I'm starting my build soon. Which book would be the best reference for parts and assembly? I'd like to have something on hand for this.

02-22-2014, 03:54 PM
Reference? Kunhausen's shop manual is your best bet for actual assembly.

05-19-2014, 07:23 AM
Let me please post a few pictures of mine:

It is a .30-06 that was built on a Breda receiver

http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu138/Fluffy9lives/2014-02-07112110_zps27069a9f.jpg (http://s641.photobucket.com/user/Fluffy9lives/media/2014-02-07112110_zps27069a9f.jpg.html)

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05-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Hello Squinty! Good looking Garand you have there!

05-19-2014, 09:16 AM
Any reason or place to post pics!002 and 003 .http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q699/falover57/001_zps11891785.jpg (http://s1354.photobucket.com/user/falover57/media/001_zps11891785.jpg.html)