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enough to earn a few medals, while having a
lot of fun.
Because I learned to shoot with an M14 in the
1970s, the "chicken wing" standing position
(elbow high) came naturally to accommodate
the straight stock design of the Garand. During
rapid fire, I used the modern two-round en-bloc
clip, but a standard eight-round version does
work. It just takes some finesse when loading the
partially filled clip into the rifle's magazine. During the single fire standing stage, I inserted one
round into the chamber and used the southpaw
thumb-and-index "feeding the alligator" routine
described previously.
Compared to the mildly complicated Garand
loading sequence, retired Marine SSgt Isaac
McCaskill put us all to shame by successfully
firing an authentic 1873 Springfield Trapdoor
rifle - during rapid fire, no less, and getting all
10 shots on paper. He was shooting hand-loaded,
405-grain .45-70 cartridges. Watch for yourself.
The accuracy of the Garand never held me
back. I did manage a string of seven 10/Xs from
the standing position, so the investment in a new

barrel and tighter-fitting stock was worthwhile.
The following stock ammo groups were shot
from a sandbag rest with a scope.
American Eagle
3.6 MOA

Hornady
3.9 MOA

All-in-all, I enjoyed this Garand series beyond
expectations. What began as giving recognition
to an American icon, turned out to be a lot of fun
on the range. The Garand is accurate with commercial ammunition (see the reloading article on
page 30), functions reliably and will be passed
along as a family heirloom for future generations
to enjoy.

UltiMAK M12 Optic Mount
Thus the concepts of "as low as possible, absolutely stable,
simple, user-installable and with no modifications to the original
rifle or its manual of arms" became our design philosophy, and
we started UltiMAK (informally, starting circa 2000).  We now
design mounts on that credo for the
Mini-14 (because Ruger makes more

wanted to try optic sights on some
of them when I realized that it was
often a dubious prospect at best, so
I hand-fabricated the first mounts
and later realized that I had something other people would want. 
With help from my younger brother
as draftsman, we created the CAD
files to have the new AK mount
mass-produced, while simultaneously working on the patent. Another relative (our older brother's
wife's sister's husband) had been a CNC machinist for many
years, making complex shapes, cut into tool steel, to very tight
tolerances.  His shop still does a lot of our production machining.

guns for private sale than anyone in the
U.S.), followed by the M1 .30 Carbine,
M14/M1A and the M1 Garand.  "If it
doesn't violate the laws of physics,
then it is certainly possible, was our
"
guiding principle. Thus, these wonderfully designed, proven, highly useful
and numerous rifles and carbines can
now be fitted with modern optic sights
without alterations that might reduce
their collectability. And, in many cases, they can be set up to
co-witness a 1x optic with the original iron sights.
"
For more information, or to purchase an M12 mount, logon to:
www.ultimak.com.
Peter Fountain

We used a scope for accuracy testing of our Garand and
chose the UltiMAK M12 for a non-destructive installation. From
inventor Lyle Keeney: "I'd been doing repair and custom work
on musical instruments for decades when, in response to the
1994 "assault ban, I started buying
"
military-type rifles and carbines. I

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