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June 21, 2005

I Am Not Alone

Garanditus. Highly contagious. It can even be spread through casual contact via the internet. No known cure or immunization, nor is either desired.

So there's a blogger that goes by (or went by) Publicola II. Now I find one that likes to trick out his Garand. He calls it his FrankenGarand.

What he's done is not too different from mine. He threw on a Boyd's Pepper laminate stock (mine's nutmeg laminate); a Masen recoil pad; added a Smith Enterprises muzzlebrake (mine has a T-37 flashhider now) .

He refinished his metal but I still haven't gotten around to doing that. He threw on a new barrel in .308 Winchester which is on my things to do list (the SS heavy match in '06 with a 1:11 twist). I've done a few other things but the most noticable is the Alley aperture front sight, which is a globe type with interchangeable inserts. You can see pics of the muzzle end here & a pic of the entire rifle here (just scroll down a bit). I'll try to get a better pic or two up when I post on the how's & why's of the modifications I've done.

In other Garand news, The Smallest Minority had his Garand refinished; a recently purchased 8 shooter is keeping Countertop busy; & Les Jones has come down with the initial symptoms of Garanditus (which is threatening to infect Gunner as well judging from his comments at Les' place). I would say I was feeling guilty as I helped to infect Gunner & Les with Garanditus, but I'd be lying.

It's like crack; you know you're addicted & you want your friends to be addicted too so you don't feel like the only addict in the place. Course I've never sold any furniture in the middle of the night to supply my Garand habit, but that's mainly cause I never ran across a really good deal on one past 5 in the afternoon. :D

It's a bit troubling that Say Uncle seems to be immune, but perhaps during High Power season, when the air is thick with gun pollen powder his resistance will wear thin. :) Ditto for Mr. du Toit, though if I find a smith who'll rebarrel one to 7x57 I think he'll see the light. :D & I haven't given up hope for a lovely & talented blogger trapped behind enemy lines. "One Rifle to rule them all, one Rifle to find them, one Rifle to bring them all, & in Garanditus bind them" Ahem. you get the idea.

So that's what's happening with regards to the outbreak of Garanditus in the blogosphere.

Posted by Publicola