After firing a borrowed garand for the first time a few years back, I got an itch to get one of my own. Once I held it, everything just clicked into place and none of the my complaints about the M16 were there. It just felt right!
I would like to get one, but my question is, are there any companies that currently manufacture garands/garand receivers or are all garands on the civilan market all assembled from surplus components? I want it as a hunting/home defense rifle, not as a safe queen, so I want it to be reliable and accurate but am not concerned about its collectability.
How does the Springfield M1 series, with a flush 4-5 round mag, compare to the garand in terms of feel and balance?