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Assuming fair to good condition, what would a Korea-era Garand be worth?

Or to put it another way, would $400 be a good buy? Great? Too low; I'd be cheating the owner?


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Posts: 1415 | Location: Native Texan Now In Jacksonville, Florida, USA | Registered: 10 July 2000Reply With Quote
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Seems more than fair,they are usually in the $600 and up range condition dependent.
 
Posts: 631 | Location: south carolina | Registered: 08 December 2006Reply With Quote
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That wouldn't be cheating the owner if it was well used and needed a new barrel.

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Posts: 10511 | Location: North of the Columbia | Registered: 28 April 2008Reply With Quote
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A late reply, but hopefully not too late.

Garands are going for on average at the shows around her for 800 for a beater on up. (Pirate Dealer prices of course)

If that one gauges good, (throat erosion, muzzle, and Op-rod) then 400 bucks is a steal, 500-600 is a good buy, and over that would be average.. My opinion of course.. I would see what they are going for on gunbroker.


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Posts: 1800 | Location: The Three Lower Counties (Delaware USA) | Registered: 13 September 2001Reply With Quote
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I bought mine from a friend last year that was Korea reissue for 1K but it also included over 660 rounds in en bloc clips,cased in bandoleirs + in ammo cans.I would give it NRA 98%.


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Posts: 14210 | Location: Austin, Texas | Registered: 11 March 2013Reply With Quote
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I bought mine from a friend last year that was Korea reissue for 1K but it also included over 660 rounds in en bloc clips,cased in bandoleirs + in ammo cans.I would give it NRA 98%.


define "Korean reissue" for me please, and how do you know it was a repatriated rifle form Korea? Do you have CMP paperwork? Is the barrel stamped "blue sky" or with some other re-importers mark? What is the Throat erosion gauge measurement? How about the op-rod piston? and the muzzle gauge? these three items are far more important and relevant than where it came from, and will drive the price for a knowledgeable buyer.

Additionally, all those little numbers stamped on almost every part (drawing revision numbers) will tell you about when the part changed/upgraded and whether it is the correct part number for the serial number of that particular receiver. The barrel also has a date stamped and it may but usually does not match the receiver date.


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Posts: 1800 | Location: The Three Lower Counties (Delaware USA) | Registered: 13 September 2001Reply With Quote
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I think the term "reissue" meaning that it was taken from storage and issued for service during the Korean conflict, not necessarily brought back from that conflict?? I did not know that those Garands stored in South Korea had been brought back for re sale by CMP as of this date, perhaps I am behind the times??
 
Posts: 1050 | Location: S.Charleston, WV | Registered: 18 June 2012Reply With Quote
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As i understand it, the CMP only gets repatriated lend-lease arms. The "Korean garands were brought back by re-importers.. "Blue Sky" being the most well known but there are many others. The name of the re-importer is usually stamped on the barrel and it hurts the value


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Posts: 1800 | Location: The Three Lower Counties (Delaware USA) | Registered: 13 September 2001Reply With Quote
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Mine is NOT a blue sky or a CMP. The Korean reference was told to me from a Garand collector that knows a helluva lot about them than I do.I believe that his conclusions were due to bbl. stampings.Hes in tight with Charlie Wallace so I tend to believe what he says.


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Posts: 14210 | Location: Austin, Texas | Registered: 11 March 2013Reply With Quote
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1000. won't buy you one in Canada,even in poor condition. Wink

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Posts: 4211 | Location: Alta. Canada | Registered: 06 November 2002Reply With Quote
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Mine is NOT a blue sky or a CMP. The Korean reference was told to me from a Garand collector that knows a helluva lot about them than I do.I believe that his conclusions were due to bbl. stampings.Hes in tight with Charlie Wallace so I tend to believe what he says.


Thats a good thing.... He is probably making his assessment either by the receiver serial number, which would allow you to look-up the date of manufacture, and/or the barrel date, visible on the barrel, when the op rod is pulled back. (most have been rebuilt)

So who made yours? SA, IHC, or H&R? I know it isn't a Winchester. All Winchester production stopped instantly once the war ended.Only SA made them for both wars and only IHC and H&R made them post WWII.


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Posts: 1800 | Location: The Three Lower Counties (Delaware USA) | Registered: 13 September 2001Reply With Quote
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They sell for $1,000 U.S. in my area in terrible to fair condition. A decent shooter will set you back $1,500 around here if it is WWII/Korea and not the newer .308.
 
Posts: 3109 | Location: Permian Basin | Registered: 16 December 2006Reply With Quote
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$400 is a good price for any Garand.


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$400 would be a literal steal, in any condition. Even with a bad barrel. The seller has done no research on prices.
 
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