Meet Belle (I name all mil rifles, a habit I picked up in Da Army). Jmark was right on the money. Last week, for some strange reason, I decided that I had to have a Garand, so I got up at 0600HRS and drove to Anniston, AL to visit the CMP Store South. Walked in with my birth cert, GA DL, GFL, VFW, and AL cards and walked out with a Garand. I wanted a shooter, not a collector piece, so I borrowed gauges and got an M1 with a 1960 production Danish barrel. The receiver was made in Oct. 1942, and I would wager saw some action in the European theatre. Some time after the war, this rifle was loaned to the Danes. The Danes used Garands up through the '90s. Since they were loaners, the Danish government returned them to the US Government and they're being sold through the CMP. The wood around the barrel looks to be original walnut, but I think the stock is a birch replacement stock. Either way, I can't wait to shoot 'er. I just hope the CMP qets my ammo situation squared away. I paid for 960 rds, and got 480. I didn't realize this until I got back home and opened the cardboard boxes.