I've been searching many years for a nice M1 Garand but every time I found one the price was really high for the condition. Well all that changed on Thursday when I went to my local gun shop. The owner, a friend of mine, had setting on the counter a competiton grade M1 Garand from the CMP complete with a CMP hard case, clip with ammo and canvas sling. The rifle is in excellent condition. When I asked him the price my jaw almost hit the floor. I gave him a deposit right there. Went back Friday and gave him the balance and took it directly to the range. I sighted in in with some old handloads of 180 gr Rem Corelokts the proceeded to shoot off some WWII vintage ammo that my friend gave me (a full bandalero belt with 10 clips of ammo). What an accurate rifle. I was shooting from a sitting position shooting at an 8" 200 yard gong and a 12" 300 yard gong. Someone had painted the darn things green which is OK for a scope. But for a peep sight with a thick post and my old eyes they were really difficult to see. None the less I was still able to hit them about 50% of the time. I had a blast with it. I shot the M1 previously but never owned one. Now I do.