Friday, September 14, 2007

what has that rifle ever done to you?

Whoever did this sporterizing job needs to be taken out behind the barn and shot. Repeatedly. In the face.

Just in case the auction disappears in the next few days, here's a pilfered picture to record the butchery for posterity.

Yes, friends and neighbors, that is what used to be a perfectly fine U.S. M1 Garand, before someone got a hold of it and ruined it.

I'll grant that this is the most tasteful Bubba-izing I've seen in a long time, but it's still a major violation of surplus etiquette. You never sporterize a military surplus rifle. There are lots of Winchesters, Remingtons, Savages, and Marlins available for hunting use, and they make more every day, but the supply of milsurp rifles is finite, and dwindling every day.

Sporterizing a Garand (which may very well be a veteran of WWII or Korea) ranks right up there with dressing a survivor of Omaha Beach or Chosin Reservoir in Mossy Oak camo overalls and making him stand night watch at the local junk yard. It's just disrespectful.

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