Am I insane for pondering this?
Now that my CHL is actually here, and the Texas State Rifle Association counts as an associated organization, I am considering a Frankenstein kind of project but I don't know if I'm crazy to try it.
I'm pondering ordering an M1 Garand receiver from the CMP and slowly building a rifle around it. This would be a long slow project that would go over many months as I'd hunt down the parts one at a time for the best price I could find.
I haven't researched it all, and I need to get some manuals before I do anything dumb, but I'm wondering just how much of this I could do myself and how much of it would require a real gunsmith. I know when you put some other type rifles together from parts, you can do the work yourself and then have a gunsmith inspect it and adjust the tolerances if need be.
For instance I have no idea how the trigger group on an M1 Garand offers "drop in" installation, I have no idea who makes the best parts, etc.
Why do this and not just order a real Garand? Well if I did get an actual Garand I'd have to have some pretty serious work done on it to get it where I'd he happy with its condition, and I'd probably get it rebarreled to .308 in the process so why not just start with a receiver and build all new from there?