M1 Garand Model Gun Review

12.13.08

M1 Garand Model Gun
Why it is worth the price…

By M. Nakamura, wwiiguns.com

Many of you may be wondering... why pay over nine hundred dollars for a model gun M1 Garand when the real M1 Garand can be bought for around four hundred dollars (in the United States)? The simple answer would be…safety. It functions like the real thing without shooting lethal projectiles. In addition it must be understood that each one of these replicas are built completely from scratch to look and function exactly like the real M1 Garand but without any real firearm capacity or potential for conversion. The amazing details and quality materials used to manufacture this replica give it that lifelike appearance that is on completely different level with non-functioning resin replicas. Let’s take a closer look at the model gun M1 Garand to generate a deeper understanding of its superior quality. It was, at one point, supplied to the legendary movie production "Saving the Private Ryan" (It should be noted that plans to use this model gun in promotion posters and ads for the movie were initially approved by the movie company, only to be blocked by Tom Hanks' agency).

There’s No Comparison

Anyone searching for an M1 Garand will find that there are cheap replica models out there on the market. What we want you to understand is that they should, in no way, be confused with the Hudson M1 Garand non-firing model gun we are about to review. These inexpensive resin models and other replicas come with no functions and poor quality parts that are simply not comparable. They would be worthless for Japanese collectors who strive for realism, which is why we hardly see any in Japan.

If price is the biggest factor in your purchase, you may want to consider the Marushin M1 Garand gas blowback gun, famous among airsoft players and falling in the four hundred dollar price range. Please keep in mind, however, that it is not designed to be a display piece and does not hold ground in that role when put against the Hudson M1 Garand. Also, the wood furniture on the Marushin M1 Garand is made of a lower-quality walnut in an effort to keep the price down. Whereas, the walnut wood used on the Hudson M1 Garand model gun is of the highest available quality, and it shows. When you put the two models side by side, it becomes obvious that the color, neatness, and surface finish of the wood are in completely different categories, making the Hudson M1 Garand more realistic in appearance and feel. The wood furniture aside the actual mechanism and mechanism parts of these rifles are entirely different as the Marushin model has to accomodate airsoft gun mechanism whereas the Hudson model gun M1 Garand is completely replicated after the real M1 Garand mechanism and parts(yet still non-convertable). Other than the Marushin M1 Garand model, there are no reproduction model or airsoft guns that come even close to the Hudson M1 Garand, which brings me to another aspect of this model...

Is the M1 Garand a Cap-Firing Model?

The answer is simple - none have ever been made because it has proven so far to be mechanically impossible. And if anyone ever tells you it’s possible, don’t believe them! Over the years, we have received numerous requests for a plug fire cartridge firing M1 Garand model gun. However, due to the large receiver frame and operating action, it requires a greater amount of force to cycle than all the other model guns. The plug fire cartridge caps simply cannot generate enough power to cycle the mechanism, so the only viable operating action, while retaining the .30-06 replica cartridges, has been hand operation and nitroair. The nitroair model was a limited quantity production, which was eventually discontinued because the model had to be operated with an external nitroair tank and it did not fire any projectiles. Those factors, combined with a higher retail price, resulted in a limited user base for the M1 Garand nitroair powered model gun.

Authentic Operation

The .30-06 cartridges are loaded in the M1 Garand model gun the same way you would load a real M1 Garand rifle. The bolt is locked back and eight cartridges are inserted into an "en-bloc" clip which is then inserted in its entirety by pressing it down into the now-exposed internal magazine inside the receiver. Once the clip has been secured in its place, the bolt is released forward, loading the first cartridge into the chamber. Normally the cartridges would be fired off in semiautomatic until the automatic ejection of the empty clip. But in this model gun version, the cartridges are ejected by hand operation - the clip ejects with an authentic "ping" sound once the last cartridge has been ejected. When I first operated this model gun, I was not expecting that they had taken this operation this far since it’s a non-firing model gun. It does add something extra to the rifle and makes a cool addition to impress any audience.

The field takedown procedure is also the same as with the real M1 Garand and very easy to perform. The rifle is inverted and the disassembly starts from the trigger guard assembly (as seen in the photos). A light pull results in the trigger housing coming free from the butt stock.

There is a functional butt plate door for cleaning kit placement (as seen in the photos).

Markings

The receiver has the following markings (serial number is fixed):

SMG
US.RIFLE
CAL.30M1
SPRINGFIELD
ARMORY

2371911
HUDSON

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