1955 H&R M1 Garand, To shoot or Not to Shoot?

1955 H&R M1 Garand, To shoot or Not to Shoot?

Please give me your opinion, regarding my H&R, Collector’s Grade, M1 rifle. Drop a comment in the comments section to let me know what you think I should do.
Thanks, everyone!

26 Comments

  1. Joseph florino on December 28, 2022 at 1:02 am

    I am in the same boat, I have a 1950s Springfield M1 Correct grade, cannot decide if I want to shoot it or leave it be out of fear of breaking something and it no longer being “correct”



  2. Dennis Blake on December 28, 2022 at 1:07 am

    If your not going to sell it because it’s a family heirloom. To me whats ever it loses in value then becomes meaningless. The sentimental value in my opinion supercedes any monetary value. Shoot it and enjoy it in my opinion.



  3. MrPalmslice on December 28, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Just got my RM1Service. 1942 with GI stock. Lots of character. Although not collector grade, I wouldn’t think of throwing it in a display case. They’re meant to be fired, enjoyed, and passed to future generations. Have fun!



  4. buddy2280 on December 28, 2022 at 1:08 am

    I take excellent care of all my rifles. However when I go to a nice restaurant I don’t order a beautiful meal then stare at it without eating it. If you enjoy just staring at rifles that’s fine but if you enjoy shooting them please shoot them that what rifles are made to do so do so with care but enjoy them for what they are. I’ve never seen a woman too beautiful to touch or a rifle to beautiful to shoot.



  5. G3175SE on December 28, 2022 at 1:09 am

    No shoot if you are interested in selling in the future and having it worth more money. I have read the other comments and don’t necessarily agree. It might only be worth only a little bit more but it depends on the circumstances. I have a friend who has one, his is from WWII, has been shot, all parts are same manufacturer and in very good shape. The manufacturer is what makes the difference. Based on what a gunsmith at the Anniston AL CMP site, who actually took the rifle apart to appraise, told him it was worth $4000, however, he said in an auction, could fetch up to $10K if the buyers really want it. The reason I say this is because, in the right auction, possibly based on Shot/Not Shot, the monetary value could be massive or could be meaningless. There is simply no way to know. You have to decide. I have a very similar situation as you do, not the same manufacturer as yours but same year, never issued or shot. I have elected not to shoot it as it has been appraised at 2X what I paid for it. I will buy another one to shoot. I just like having a never issued/shot rifle.



  6. 55commander on December 28, 2022 at 1:09 am

    My DCM H&R is a depot rebuild and is beautiful to boot. But I don’t have your dilemma to deal with, so I shoot mine. I would save this rifle and buy a shooter.



  7. TSimo113 on December 28, 2022 at 1:11 am

    If your dad is such an advanced collector, you should have asked him. Or did you? You didn’t say if this was your one and only or if you have other Garands. If you don’t, have you thought about buying another from the CMP or your dad and shooting that one? I mean there are other options besides shoot this one or not shoot anything. In a perfect world, I think you should put this one away and shoot one that’s not quite so collectible. You also didn’t reveal your feelings on the matter. Your opinion counts as much as mine. Make no mistake, if you shoot this one quite a bit, you will degrade the value. Ask your dad and get back to us on that.



  8. Torpedo 58 on December 28, 2022 at 1:11 am

    You said it yourself…you’re not a collector. Shoot that thing!!👍



  9. Denis Cleaver on December 28, 2022 at 1:14 am

    SHOOT IT!!!!! Be sure to use only the proper ammo for the M1. Several ammo companies do produce M1 specific ammo for the m1. Do not use sporting rifle as the pressure may be too high for the M1’s gas system and op rod strength. Very important.



  10. phillip McGuire on December 28, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Makes me glad mine is a shooter. They are so much fun to shoot. That is a tough choice.



  11. Russ Jordan on December 28, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I also have a 1955 H&R (pls see my vid) Like yours, I don’t think mine has ever been rebuilt which is a plus imho, although I am sure it’s been shot, albeit very little. Not sure what to tell you to do, but I’m gonna shoot mine…maybe not a ton, but I want to enjoy it some and honestly I don’t think it’s gonna hurt it.



  12. captaintomst on December 28, 2022 at 1:22 am

    I know this is a year old post but I just wanted to have my two cents. I have two Garands, one 1943 that’s mostly original Springfield with the original barrel. And I keep that as my "collectible", and then I have a Springfield 0rack-grade special that looks brand new. New Barrel new stock that have taken a lot of time finishing and well it’s got quite a bit of corrosion under the wood line, above the wood line it is in very good shape. And while it’s a great shooter it has no collector value to speak of.
    But then again I’ve even shot my $122-year-old Crag that is a museum condition that I got from CMP.



  13. Uncle Gene on December 28, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Sight it in. Shoot it. You won’t hurt it.



  14. Jake Wesley on December 28, 2022 at 1:27 am

    The way I look at it; it was made to be shot and used. Think about a Walmart Remington 700, brand new in the box it is ready to be sighted in at the range. If you leave it untouched in the box, in 50+ years someone is going to call it a collector’s piece. Also if you think about it this way, if you never shoot it, someone else will eventually when it’s no longer in your possession. Now I understand maybe not shooting a really rare gem but, just because it was not issued and stored away in cosmoline does not warrant someone to not shoot it. Calling a rifle that is no different than others "collector grade" is a misnomer. It just so happens to be nicer than most.



  15. zToggled on December 28, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Ooh, this is hard. I say don’t…



  16. Weapons Man on December 28, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Okay. You rifle is late post war. Post war rifles made in the 1950’s are less valuable than the ones made in WWII. There were three manufacturers of post war M-1’s: Springfield Armory, International Harvester and Harrington and Richardson. Of those, the International Harvesters are worth the most because they made less than the other two. IH rifles also came with LMR barrels. Those barrels are highly valued and thought to be superior to those made by Springfield Armory. So, all things being equal, from least expensive to most expensive, it goes Springfield Armory, H&R and then IH. An exception to this will be the national match models that were made in the late 50’s. There were two types: Type 1 and type 2. These had NM marked parts such as the gas cylinder, the op rod, the rear sight and the barrel. Those rifles can be VERY expensive in unfired condition. If I had your rifle, I would shoot it and enjoy it. Here is why: You can still find parts for that rifle that are NOS. I have all the parts to assemble two late post war Springfield Armory M1s. Many of the parts that I have bought are still in the sealed packages. I bought late post war S.A. receivers because I plan to shoot them once I assemble them. If you really wanted to, you could remove the barrel that is on it and replace it with a new one made by criterion. Then you could go shoot it and put the unfired barrel back on later. The barrel is where all of the wear occurs anyway. It probably wouldn’t hurt to buy some backup low wear or NOS parts now while you can still get them. Best of luck!



  17. War Planner on December 28, 2022 at 1:34 am

    This is so-o-o-o-o-o Annoying! Cut the shit; shoot the goddam thing! I have an H&R from the CMP and have a great time shooting mine. I think you’re a wuss! If you don’t want to shoot it, get in touch with me and I will pay you every dollar you paid the CMP for it!



  18. Guapo Returns on December 28, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Here is how I feel.. if you are going to keep it then you may as well shoot it.. if you are planning on selling it then don’t shoot it so it will bring more $$. Why keep it and not shoot it? I guess maybe so you can pass it down to someone.. someday you will be dead and that rifle will belong to someone else. are they going to shoot it or sell it? I say shoot it and enjoy it. An unfired Garand will be of no use to you when your gone. Sure , the person you leave it to will like it but what are they going to do with it? See what I’m getting at? Hope I’m not being too morbid but that is how I see it. Glad you’re back posting videos.



  19. John Waddell on December 28, 2022 at 1:36 am

    In consideration of where it came from I would not fire it. If he didn’t he knew what it meant, I would honor that and then when I passed it on give them the freedom to do with it as they pleased. The value to me would be sentimental not monetary until I passed it on. All this means nothing since you have to make the decision. Good luck but I say whatsoever you do is correct because it is yours now.



  20. Chris A on December 28, 2022 at 1:39 am

    It’s certainly fine to shoot it, but also understandable if you want to conserve it in the state it has been in for 60+ years.

    I’ll abstain from voting. But, if you decide not to shoot it, I know where you can borrow an H&R of about the same vintage for a range video 🙂



  21. Just Ben on December 28, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Shoot it, it’s that simple



  22. tsar on December 28, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Do not shoot it. Buy a mix match from the CMP for shooting. Just my opinion.



  23. Timothy Ruggles on December 28, 2022 at 1:44 am

    You are in a jam it has less value as a war time … but as one of the last M1s it is and as pristine it now has has great value..
    I would buy a shooter gread may bee a 308 shoot for fun and let someone who has 308 , shoot a Emblok some people can only dreem of shooting one love the M1



  24. Harry No Balz on December 28, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Purchase A field grade M1 as a daily shooter and make that a safe queen they are becoming harder and harder to come by in that condition And it’s value is only gonna go up in value



  25. Hecky Beckenbauer on December 28, 2022 at 1:52 am

    if decide not to shoot then I can understand.
    However, I would pitty you as you miss the best fun you can have on the range or at the hunt.
    These guns where designed by a keen shooter and you still can see it.
    Absolute blast to shoot and extreemly accurate if the barrel is still in spec.



  26. Jim Castillo on December 28, 2022 at 1:56 am

    You only live once and life is short. Enjoy your rifle. In honest you cant take it with you when your time ends.
    thanks…….