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GarandGuy.com provides rifle enthusiasts across the globe with a singular location to purchase refurbished rifles, obtain hard-to-find parts and have the ability to find expert gunsmithing to address their unique needs. An extension of the amazing services The Garand Guy, Tony Giacobbe, offers at his storefront in Rahway, New Jersey, Garandguy.com provides help with every step of buying and maintaining historically-accurate M1 Garand and B59 rifles.

Our Specials page provides additional savings on services and products, and we encourage you to read our customer testimonials, which will give you a clear view of what to experience while working with the us. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Tony the Garand Guy via e-mail at gman366@comcast.net or by phone at (732) 388-1962.

M1 Garand

M1 With .308 Barrel
M1 with New Criterion barrel
M1 Garand w/Box Magazine
M1 With New Criterion Chrome Lined Barrel
Tanker Grade M1
M1 with New Criterion Barrel (with new & like new parts)
M1 with Kreiger Match barrel (used parts)
M1 with Kreiger Match barrel (with new & like new parts)

BM 59

BM 59 E Model
Desert Model
Mountain Model
Garand Paratrooper Model with Folding Stock
Apennine Model w/ new 18 inch Barrel
Parachute Model w/New 18 inch barrel

The Origin of the M1 Garand: the Rifle that Forever Changed War


The Garand Guy doesn’t only sell guns; he relishes the history they represent, and the M1 Garand is one of the most historically interesting guns ever made. Called “The greatest battle implement ever devised” by General George S. Patton, Jr., the M1 changed the way battles were fought forever.

Before the M1, rifles were much less efficient. Up to the time of the Civil War, the US Army  used lead balls and black powder  that were smoky, dirty and had a lower energy content. Added with the fact that most early rifles were also muzzle-loaders, this made them difficult to handle, timely to load, and often, inaccurate.  Repeating rifles were introduced during that war, and later bolt action rifles were developed.

The M1 was born and introduced to the United States military in 1936. The M1 Garand was the first standard-issue semi-automatic (gas-operated) rifle. The.30 caliber rifle had a length is 43.6 inches and a barrel 24 inches, with four grooves and a right hand twist. It uses  an 8 round en bloc that is loaded and ejected  after the last round is fired. The muzzle velocity was impressive at 2800 fps, or 2903 ft.-lb. At 500 yards, the M1 had a velocity of 1918 feet-per-second.

Unloaded, the M1 rifle weighs: 9 lbs. 8 oz. (4.37 kg). It can reach an effective range of 440 yards, and it was produced in approximately 4,040,000 units. However, many of those units are not in quality condition today. The M1 was classified as “Standard” from 1936, until the M14 name was adopted in 1957. The M1 uses 150 gr. bullets, a 50 gr. charge.

The M1’s maximum range of 3,200 meters and maximum effective range of 400 meters allow it to accurately shoot at long ranges, which was extremely useful when it was the designated service rifle for the U.S. military during the World War II. The Americans  were the only country where all the soldiers had a semi-automatic weapon, although Germany developed one in 1943, only the elite units had them.  The Garand was also used in Korea, and in a secondary role, in Vietnam.

Though the M1 may be considered “obsolete” by some today, many still believe it to be the most impressive rifle of all time. After all, the M1 proved itself in the harshest of environments, and it it had the accuracy to keep U.S. forces alive and fighting.

The M1 Garand is truly a rifle in the purest form. It is one of the most collectable models for gun-collectors today, as many believe it’s the easiest battle rifle to shoot well.

Tony Giacobbe, the “Garand Guy,” understands and celebrates the history of the M1 Garand. He rebuilds every model he sells completely and assures they are in perfect working condition. Models are stripped down to their components and replaced with used USGI parts in great condition, and a few new aftermarket pieces are added, as well. If you’re interested in speaking to Tony about one of his Garand models, contact him online, by phone at (732) 388-1962, or stop by his store in Rahway, NJ at your earliest convenience.

Would you buy a Garand

from this guy?


10 Interesting Facts about the M1 Garand

  1. John Garand, creator of the M1, was a self-taught machinist. He worked on several variations of the semi-automatic rifle, but every time he built something that worked, the U.S. Ordinance Department changed its mind and wanted something else. The M1 as we know it today was finally perfected and selected by the Department in 1936.
  2. Production of the M1 Garand began in 1937 with an early version known as the “Gas Trap,” featuring intrinsic flaws. Around 1940, the rifle was changed to the “gas port” version which we still see today. Any previously existing “Gas Trap” models were retrofitted to the new system.
  3. When the U.S. finally got involved in WWII in 1941, we were the only country with a semi-automatic rifle for all the soldiers . Germany had a semi-automatic rifle for its elite members only, and all other nations used bolt-action guns left over from WWI. The M1’s tremendous fire helped win the war for the Allies.
  4. After WWII, Americans supplied friendly nations with surplus M1s, including Italy, the Philippines and South and Central American countries
  5. Pietro  Beretta Arms Company in Italy modified the M1 to take a 20 round  box magazine and the new 7.62 by 51 Nato ammunition—the BM59E. Beretta made Garands and BM59s and its various marks for about 40 different countries.
  6. The M1 Garand was used during Korean war by UN forces, & hundreds  of thousands were given to the south Koreans
  7. The M1 Garand is still in use in many countries throughout the world, and many were given on lend ease by the U.S. to countries such as Greece, Denmark, Canada and England.
  8. The Japanese copied the M1 Garand design during WWII successfully, but this rifle never made it to production; the war was over by the time they finished it.
  9. Post- WWI: Americans gave military supplies to all free world countries to fight communism; &  many still use them today.
  10. The M1 Garand is distributed by The Civilian  Marksmanship Program to affiliated shooting clubs. These clubs hold competitions every year, and they receive free ammunition from the government to teach younger generations how to shoot. This program began shortly after  the Spanish American War.


Gas Cylinder- Nickel Lined (temporarily sold out)


Assemby & Check of Complete Rifle
New Stock & Handguard Metal (aftermarket)
Mounting & Reaming
Reparking (Dark Black)
New Stock & Handguards (no metal)
Hew Barrels – Criterion


Gas Cylinder- Nickel Lined (temporarily sold out)
Assemby & Check of Complete Rifle
New Criterion Barrel & Installation