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Marushin M1 Garand review
  • Manufacturer 
     Marushin
  • Model 
     M1 Garand
  • Capacity 
     8 8mm BBs
  • Weight 
     3500g
  • Power 
     240 fps (or 330 fps with airsoft surgeon upgrade)
  • Power Source 
     Gas HFC134a
  • Blowback 
     Yes
  • Hop-up 
     Adjustable
  • Shooting Mode 
     Semi
  • Construction 
     Wood and Aluminum

Pros

+ Extremely high build quality
+ Super realistic function
+ Beautiful wood grain
+ Built solidly
+ 8mm intimidation factor
 

Cons

- Low powered
- LD2 hop-up system
 

Verdict

stunning looks, top quality manufacture, realistic operation and uniqueness in the field more than make up for it's shortcomings in the area of performance.

 

If not the most prolific weapon of world war two then it has to be somewhere up there, the M1 Garand was the first semi-automatic rifle to be issued to regular infantrymen in large numbers. The real steel is gas operated meaning that expanding from firing the bullet is trapped and bled off to cycle the bolt and load the next round. This allowed riflemen issued the M1 Garand to lay down higher volumes of fire than their enemy counterparts whom at the time the Garand was issued, were still using bolt action, lower capacity rifles. From the start the real Garand had problems where it struggled in US army trials to replace the M19203 Springfield bolt-action rifle. However after several iterations and two decades of changes it eventually became the US army's weapon of choice just before World War two.

The M1 Garand is one of the most prolific guns of World War 2
The design of the gas trap is of the production variant of the M1

The Marushin M1 Garand is a replica of the production variant of the gun as can be seen by the design of the gas trap directly below the front sights. This is the area of the gun where the gas would be bled off from the barrel on the real steel. The Marushin Replica is completely made from wood and metal. There is no plastic to be found on the gun and it is built as solid as a rock. This version of the Garand comes with special walnut hardwood stock, beautifully crafted to the same dimensions as the real steel and is stained and varnished to perfection. The metal is cast aluminum and feels cold to the touch. All the moving parts are kept to a very high quality and there is little resistance in the gun's operation.

The wooden stock is an absolute beauty and a masterpiece of craftsmanship. The stock feels solid in your hands and the warm colored wood begs to be caressed. The stock has been sanded down to such a perfect smoothness that shouldering it and resting your cheek upon it is like resting upon someone you love. The metal is jet black in stark contrast to the silky grain of the wood and let's you know this baby means to preform. Racking the bolt makes a crisp noise of metal and wood clanking together as vibrations resound across the body and the mechanism.

The walnut wood is perfectly smooth and holds stunning grain
The gun is full aluminum and some parts are finished in steel color
The trap door in the butt-plate hides a storage compartment used for housing cleaning equipment

The mechanism of the gun is very complex compared to other blowback guns. To load the gun you must pull back the bolt and hold it open while pushing forward a bolt catch on the inside of the mechanism. this holds the bolt back and allows you to insert the clip. Then pull back the bolt to release it and close the bolt. The small plastic clip imitates the real one while unloaded so that ejection seems real after firing the last BB. The clip can only be loaded into the gun when loaded with BBs, otherwise the bolt wont close on it's own. To load the clip into the Garand without BBs you must manually disable the bolt catch whilst the clip is in the gun by pushing back the bolt catch lever on the inside right of the gun.

Once loaded all there is left to do is pull the trigger. The trigger pull is crisp, there is no play and the response is immediate. Firing the gun is a real joy to the senses as after each shot the bolt cycles itself and makes a great sound as the heavy bolt slams into the back of the receiver, providing ample kick. After the last shot there is a loud 'clack' as the empty clip is automatically ejected and the bolt locks back, ready to take another clip. Exactly like the real Garand.

To lock back the bolt, the silver colored lever must be pushed forward while the bolt is open
The clip-shaped magazine holds 8 8mm BBs. The same capacity as the real steel
It is much easier to load the clip once the bolt is locked back

And also like the real Garand the clip holds 8 rounds of a large caliber. This beautiful replica uses 8mm instead of 6mm BBs giving it an amazing intimidation factor on the field. however you will have to choose your shots wisely because you only have 8 shots per clip and the gas reservoir only has enough gas to cycle the heavy bolt ten times before running out.

Disassembly of the gun is similar, but not exact to the real thing. you pull the trigger guard down and then the entire trigger group comes out. Here you can see the trigger mechanism and the hammer. Next you remove the screw just behind where the trigger used to be on the stock. this will allow you to hinge forward the entire upper gun up and out of the stock. To access the rest of the moving parts still underneath the wooden handguard first the rear handguard must be removed. Pull back the bolt and lock it by pushing forward on the silver piece inside the internal magazine. then flip the gun over. Notice that the handguard is held down by a metal locking band. Use a thin screwdriver or other pointed object to release the locking band and pull up the handguard from the receiver. Now you have access to most of the moving parts that need regular lubrication.

Pull down the trigger guard to remove the trigger group from the receiver
Once the rear screw is removed the gun tilts open

So how does it shoot?

To begin with, it's power is 240 fps, which for an 8mm gun is rather powerful. 8mm BBs are much heavier than their smaller 6mm counterparts as 240 fps is attained using 0.34g BBs. That is the equivalent of approximately 310 fps with 0.2g BBs. However our in-house Clarence Lai AKA The Airsoft Surgeon can modify the gun to boost the power up to 330 fps with 0.34g BBs, which is the equivalent of 430 fps with 0.20g BBs. The barrel is very long at 24 inches providing decent accuracy, however it has the LD2 dual hop up barrel system found in most Marushin long guns. This involves first an adjustable hop up, followed by a kink and a hole in the barrel to reduce muzzle velocity, then followed by a second, non-adjustable hop up. This hurts the accuracy over long ranges a little bit but is necessary to make the gun legal under japanese law, where Marushin manufactures this gun.

Shots taken from 10m. The LD2 system does nothing positive to the accuracy but it is still good
Once the sights are zeroed your groupings should look like this

It takes a lot of skill and practice to use this gun in the field effectively as the low clip capacity and lack of power without modification make this a shorter range gun. However it's exceedingly stunning looks, top quality manufacture and uniqueness in the field more than make up for it's shortcomings in the area of performance.

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