The first standard issue semi-automatic rifle issued to the US Armed Forces, the M1 Garand was referred to as "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S. Patton. Replacing the venerable Springfield M1903 in 1936, the M1 Garand quickly displayed its huge advantage on the battlefield. During World War II, the M1 Garand saw extensive use and gave US forces a major advantage in firefights against Axis soldiers who were usually issued slower bolt-action rifles. The M1 Garand remained in service throughout the Korean War and even had limited deployment in the early years of the Vietnam War. The rifle still continues to be used even in the modern day by drill teams and military honor guards as well as in the civilian market long after it was retired from active service.
A&K has faithfully reproduced the venerable M1 Garand in an AEG that everyone can afford. Striving to offer the most realism and reliability for your dollar, the A&K M1 Garand features a stained wood stock and a metal alloy receiver and barrel assembly giving this M1 a realistic look and feel that will have you believing you are pushing through the hedgerows in the south of France. Internally the A&K M1Garand is powered by a version 7 gearbox allowing a level of customization and upgradeability not found in other M1 AEG replicas on the market. While all the major features of a good M1 Garand replica are there, A&K did not skimp on the details including a period correct safety, bayonet lug, sling rings stacking swivel and an authentic sight picture. Whether you are a WWII re-enactor or an Airsofter looking to field a unique rifle, the A&K M1 Garand delivers on looks, performance, realism and usability that puts it at the front of the pack.
- Full size replica of the trusted M1 Garand battle rfile
- Beautifully stained real wood furniture
- Metal receiver and barrel assembly
- Adjustable rear sight
- Front and rear sling rings
- Stacking swivel
- Adjustable hop up
- Functioning trigger guard safety
- Drop free magazine feeds from the bottom of the rifle
- Low profile magazine release on the left side of the receiver maintains traditional M1 styling
- Version 7 gearbox
20 round A&K M1 Garand magazinesMuzzle Velocity:
~400 FPS (Measured with 0.20g BBs)Thread Direction:
Short TypeFire Modes:
9.6v Small Type recommended (Battery not included. Wired to stock with Small Tamiya connector)Hopup:
Yes, AdjustablePackage Includes:
Gun, Magazine, ManualManufacturer:
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"A really great gun with a great weight and feel to it. When I got mine however, the charging handle was a bit loose and only got worse with time. I couldn't fix it at first because this disassembles differently from the G&G and ICS models and it is a bit hard to do at first. After I tightened down the screw that held the charging handle, it has remained stable and has not loosened since. The only complaint I have about it now is that it only ever goes back far enough to reveal the hop-up dial.
I really suck when it comes to gearboxes, so it pleases me that A&K incorporated their quick-change system for the spring allowing me to switch out the M120 spring that came stock for an M100 spring to suit FPS limits at fields in my area, without the need of disassembling the gearbox, reshimming, etc.. All you will need is a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the gearbox from the upper receiver, a flat-head screwdriver, and an Allen key.
The only real complaint I have about this gun that would affect gameplay is that the magazine does not stay in the mag well and does not feed very well. The magazine catch does not do a great job at latching onto the very small notch on the magazine it's supposed to and I've come to the conclusion that something might have to be sanded down. Also, every couple of shots it seems I have to push the magazine forward a bit to get it to feed BBs. Not as debilitating as having it drop out on you, but it does make it a bit awkward to hold when constantly holding that magazine forward. If a short guy like me (5'7") is complaining about something like that, that has to be saying something, right?
There is a full auto feature on this gun, which as you might guess, was not present on standard-issue M1s during WW2 and Korea. This is easily disabled though by removing a small and unnecessary piece in the trigger grouping.
Other than that there isn't much else to say. The real wood stock is really nice, as is the full metal construction. The grip does look strange due to how profound it is in comparison to the rest of the stock but makes up for this by being really comfortable to hold.
Its accuracy isn't bad either as expected from A&Ks background with sniper platforms.
Overall it's a really great piece of kit and an affordable option for anybody wanting to do a WW2 US infantry impression but doesn't have quite enough money to get the G&G. Just know that like the G&G, you'll be limited to using a bandolier, ammo bag, or M1 Rigger pouch to hold the magazines because, though they are smaller than G&G/ICS mags, they still do not fit in the M1923 Cartridge belts.
I feel that a 4-star is too low a rating to give this, but it still isn't quite worthy of a 5-star. I would give it a 4.5, but I'm rounding it up to a 5 for this review.
"It's a beautiful gun. I'm very satisfied with the look and the size of it.
"I am kind of an M1 Garand enthusiast as I have owned the Marushin gas blow back, a 2ndBat M14 conversion and an ICS AEG. I have not owned a GnG Garand although I have handled and fired them. The A & K is about 100 less and offers spare magazines that are far less expensive to buy. Appearance wise the GnG is the most correct. Had there been reasonable priced and available clips I probably would purchase it as well. One complaint on the GnG is how awkwardly it reloads. Since all 3 of the AEG Garands have right around 30 round clips, fast reloads is a skirmishing consideration. The ICs is somewhat off in shape ( a bit more bulbous through the stock and with significantly oversized sling hardware. The A & K conversely is a bit too thin through the stock and as mentioned overly rounded through the stock neck grip area. (No doubt to facilitate the AEG motor). The A & K and ICS shoot .20 gram BBs at around 420 fps so pleanty of power. The A &K has a selector switch for full auto (weird for a Garand which was semi auto only. The wood is a bit nicer on the ICS. The 2ndBat is a conversion that combines a CYMA M14 and real Garand furniture and gas assembly. The ICS gas assembly is stubbier and thicker than a real Garand hence a bayonet won't fit as it does on the other 3 replicas. The magazines with the A &K feed (both loading and unloading) seamlessly which makes it the best skirmisher. The wiring in the A & K seems a bit flimsy compared to the other 3 so care what I'll be taken when changing batteries.
There are upsides to each of these replicas which are all unique designs. I have been thrilled with all of them. The price point for the A & K gives it something of an edge (especially with the 10.00 spare clips although the G n G comes with two clips.
I will do what I can to cosmetically improve the stock shape on the A & K and refinish the stain. Assuming it proves as robust as the ICS which I have easily put 10,000 rounds through it will become my favorite. One curious aspect of the A & K is it came with no owners manual. Since I now have a Thompson a Grease gun, a S & T Springer M1903 Springfield, a BAR and a nice group of German WW2 guns all I need now is a well done M1 carbine AEG. The hokey WELL carbine being too weak a shooter and too far off in appearance to be acceptable.
So thrilled to see WW2 rifles and sub machine guns being replicated.
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