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M1 Garand (1:1)
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"The greatest battle implement ever devised," built with LEGO® bricks!
About this creation
In this updated entry on my LEGO M1, I have tried to smooth out some of the gun's rough spots, eliminating many of the surface studs that were on the top of the receiver and handguard and reworking the receiver heel behind the rear sight, which previously had a gap that opened whenever the bolt was closed. With the helpful advice of Bob Seijas, a Garand collector who is an expert on the rifle, I have modified some of the weapon's features to make them more realistic; these include the rear sight knobs (only the right-side knob should have a lockbar on it) and the 'stacking swivel,' which should be an open loop to allow the M1 to form a tripod with two other guns. The front sight now includes the needed inner pin/prong that was absent on my earlier version, and the model has been altogether improved. (Though I would still like to smooth out the sloping on the bottom of the stock and add some more curvature to the foregrip.)

Some of the MOC's features: A spring-loaded, pull-back trigger is integrated; the bolt opens and closes to allow access to the removeable en-bloc clip; the gunsights are aligned and the rear one is adjustable; two sling swivels and a stacking swivel are attached; and the gun is strong enough to be held one-handed from the grip at any angle.

[Overall dimensions: 43.6" long, 2.5" wide, and ~6.5" high (from bottom of stock to top of sights).] First version completed on January 31, 2011.

A video demonstration of the rifle's loading capability:


A view of the opposite side.


The upper portion of the rifle.


The sculpted buttstock and lower portion of the rifle.


Inserting the eight-round clip.


The underside of the receiver.


The ammunition port, shown with the bolt open, and receiver heel; I have tried to make this part more smooth.


The forward handguard. Shown is the new 'stacking swivel,' with its open, rather than closed, loop.


The front sight, which now includes an inner prong like the real thing.


An out-of-focus photo demonstrating the "look-down" feature of the model, with the front sight aligned within the rear aperture.


The LEGO brick-built M1 Garand, one of my most popular models. The Garand has now been featured in the following:
-The Garand Collector's Association Journal, Vol. 25, Issue 4 (Fall 2011)
-BrickCon 2011 (before the convention banned replica guns due to safety concerns)
-MOCpages' "MOC of the Day" (February 6, 2013)



Thanks for looking; now go build something better!




Cole Edmonson
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Daniel Floyd
  February 6, 2013
I almost thought it was real.
Cole Edmonson
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Thomas Floyd
  February 6, 2013
How do describe this amazing woodwork.(pulls out a dictionary and starts to read every word)
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  February 6, 2013
Your choice of mixing the reddish brown with old brown was a good one. The "wood" looks like the real thing, albeit a red-varnished one.
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  February 6, 2013
Classic I love how smooth the loading action is.
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  February 6, 2013
When I first saw this I thought it was real. This looks so realistic!
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  February 6, 2013
Yerp. Never been a fan of brick-built life-sized guns, but this is a beauty. The use of color for wood grain is highly artistic. Bravo.
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  February 6, 2013
I am amazed, I never said before that a gun is beautiful.
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  February 6, 2013
Very realistic !
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  February 6, 2013
One of the best MOTD yet. Congratulations!
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  February 6, 2013
The use of the old brown mixed into the newer brown is perfect. Congratulations on MOTD!
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  February 6, 2013
Kind of good actually. I'm not a great fan of the whole 'God, Guns and the American Way' idea, but well done.
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  February 6, 2013
Nice model. I can't stop thinking of the movie UHF. "Gun's don't kill people ... I do."
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  February 6, 2013
A very fine MOTD indeed. Congratulations! -LB Senior
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  June 25, 2012
Wow. Great parts usage and it looks like the real thing in the thumbnail. This probably wasn't intentional, but the different shades of brown gave the gun a more woody feel. Great work!
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  December 16, 2011
It looks AMAZING!!! I had to take a close look to see that it was Lego, and the clip looks great!! Definitely THE best MOC gun I've ever seen. Keep up the awesome work!!!!
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  October 14, 2011
That is one of the most realistic lego gun I have ever seen!!! davidwatkiss20@gmail.com
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  September 7, 2011
Your weapons are unbelievably beautiful! It is sad that a couple silly Bionicle MOC's or some sharpie colored clones on a plate get so many comments and ILI's. Work like your's needs more views for sure!
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  June 10, 2011
I would buy the instructions!
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  April 12, 2011
Hey Thanks for joining my group try to get the word out about it!
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  March 26, 2011
Very nice and very detailed
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  March 25, 2011
Quoting Daan Reynaert do i have permission to put this on youtube? i give in my discreption the link of your moc. and i tell u, i can give u more views
Thank you for your offer, but I'd rather post it there myself when the time comes. Thanks for all your interest in the model!
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  March 25, 2011
do i have permission to put this on youtube? i give in my discreption the link of your moc. and i tell u, i can give u more views
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  March 23, 2011
this is the best of the best that ive ever seen
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  March 8, 2011
Quoting bob seijas I'd like to hear from you. I'm the Editor of the Garand Collectors Journal, and the Lego M1 Rifle would make a great article.
Thanks so much for your interest; I've emailed you at the address provided by the GCA website's article-submission instructions.
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  March 7, 2011
o.O it's beautiful!!! XD i love the handle and magazine
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  March 6, 2011
I'd like to hear from you. I'm the Editor of the Garand Collectors Journal, and the Lego M1 Rifle would make a great article.
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  February 20, 2011
Congratulations! You're on "Across MOCpages"! Yea, I've thought about selling instructions for my guns, too. But, I think you need a copyright for that. People will steal your designs and say it's their own. I've had that before with my tiny Barrett, and someone stole my Glock 17 (he got deleted, but still...). I think it's a cool idea, but you need a copyright, in my opinion. -Jan
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  February 18, 2011
thanks you so much for replying whenever you make them tell me and i might buy one thanks!!!!!
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  February 15, 2011
Quoting Connor Wilson hello I was just wondering if you would like to sell this i would really like to buy it if you want to sell it.my email is 4wilsons@sctv.coop,Thanks!
Thanks so much for your offer, Connor; I'm not set up very well so as to be able to sell my models, but this is one of the most significant pieces of feedback that I've received on them. I really appreciate it. Lately, I've been pondering the idea of creating virtual building instructions for my gun models; would you and other people possibly be interested in buying copies of the instructions (for around $15 ea. perhaps) if I were to design and produce them? [To everyone who reads this, I value your feedback.] ~Cole
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  February 13, 2011
im nit a big fan of guns.. but this is really good! the shape and color are extraordinary
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  February 13, 2011
hello I was just wondering if you would like to sell this i would really like to buy it if you want to sell it.my email is 4wilsons@sctv.coop,Thanks!
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  February 12, 2011
Very cool I love guns!!!!!
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  February 12, 2011
any hints for making a replica like this?
Cole Edmonson
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re Fridgeratory
  February 10, 2011
That is amazing! For some reason I thought it was a Lee-Enfeild (another good rifle) before I read the title...
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  February 10, 2011
Quoting Jason Treeville Awesome model, Cole! Say, is it possible to have the clip inside with the bolt closed? I am seriously thinking about buying new brown and grey pieces to make my own. How many pieces do you think you used for this one?
'Sorry to have taken so long in getting back to you, Jason; yes, the clip fits just under the sliding bolt latch on top of the receiver (I wanted to make sure I recreated this feature on the model). As far as piece count goes, this is one of the hardest questions for me to answer; I have no idea how many bricks, plates, slopes, etc. I used, although it was probably several hundred at least (I haven't counted!); Good luck on building your own, and thanks for your comment!
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  February 10, 2011
Incredible rifle!
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  February 10, 2011
awesome!
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  February 10, 2011
Okay, cool!
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  February 9, 2011
wow its so good i was squinting to see if it was real or lego
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  February 9, 2011
nice M1 Garand
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  February 9, 2011
Very realistic, I almost mistook it for the real thing!
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  February 9, 2011
Dude if only I had the bricks to build that I would put it with my collection of real world war 2 stuff. great build.
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  February 9, 2011
Awesome model, Cole! Say, is it possible to have the clip inside with the bolt closed? I am seriously thinking about buying new brown and grey pieces to make my own. How many pieces do you think you used for this one?
Cole Edmonson
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Rtas 'Vadum
  February 8, 2011
I could immediately tell it wasn't real due to the matte barrel, trigger, etc., but I had to take a closer look at the wood furniture to realize it wasn't wood. Beautifully done.
Cole Edmonson
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cj cutrone9
  February 8, 2011
At first look at the thumb nail I thought. Did he build the american flag out of lego and stick the gun on top of it to make it look cool. Upon further inspection I saw that it was the gun that was lego. Awsome build!
Cole Edmonson
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South Pie
  February 8, 2011
Beautiful!!!!!
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  February 8, 2011
Beautiful model! For a second there, I thought you put the real steel up there for reference! Good job!
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  February 8, 2011
awesome.
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  February 8, 2011
wooww...
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  February 8, 2011
Very well done with the acuracy and details. I don't know why the M1-Grand is one of my favorite guns of all time, astetically.
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  February 8, 2011
I really like it. There's only one thing I think can be improved: the stock shape. And also, great job with the ammos clip!
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  February 8, 2011
Quoting Brickster ~ Cool! But one thing, an American flag should NEVER be on the ground. It's disrespectful!
You're very right! I'm sorry it looks like it's on the ground; I positioned the model on a table over the ground and then took pictures of it from above. (A little picture cropping, and it won't look this way anymore!)
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  February 8, 2011
Cool! But one thing, an American flag should NEVER be on the ground. It's disrespectful!
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  February 8, 2011
The first picture looks like a real rifle! Good job!
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  February 8, 2011
I have never seen a better gun on MOCpages.
  February 8, 2011
Best m1 on the moc pages. My only comment is on the sights, which need a pin in the middle. Great work!
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  February 8, 2011
Wow, great work.
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  February 8, 2011
Extremely well done!!!
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  February 8, 2011
WOW, Cole! You did a dang good job on this M1 Garand! One of my favourite rifles. Perfect! Shouldn't you connect the barrels to each other? Oh, about your question on my Colt M1911-A1: no, I haven't found a way to make the trigger move... It's really hard on a 1911. -Jan
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  February 8, 2011
Amazing, I really like how you put the American flag as a background!
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  February 8, 2011
As usual, I wish this would actually fire... but the sculpting skill here is incredible. The mixing of browns makes it look more like real wood, and the attention to detail is stunning. The loops for attaching a strap are a nice detail.
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  February 8, 2011
Wow, best M1 rifle I've seen. The combination of different brown colors make it look even more realistic.
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  February 8, 2011
wow wow wow wow!!!!! you are really good at this.
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  February 8, 2011
sweet
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  February 8, 2011
Holy cow! This has got to be the best thing on planet earth since Scarlet Johhansen! I'm adding you to my favorite builders list pronto!
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  February 8, 2011
Ah! A beloved Garand! EXCELLENT job, there is nothing I would change. It's also very nice to see the American flag in the background. --Garand
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  February 8, 2011
The hooks on the underside are a nice touch... =)
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  February 8, 2011
Nice dude
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  February 8, 2011
excellent maybe you can make the sniper version that would be awesome
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  February 8, 2011
Awesome! One of the world'd best rifles, as one of the best Lego rifles! Good job!
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  February 8, 2011
"the best battle implement ever devised " designed by a canadian and used by the U.S. for over 20 years and now it's in Lego and you did an amazing job on It I like the shape of the stock it's captured beautifully keep up the good work 5/5
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  February 8, 2011
That's awesome! You have to pay much money, or did u make it out of spare pieces in your spare time?
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  February 7, 2011
One of the best I've ever seen:)
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  February 7, 2011
I just had one of those rare moments where my jaw ended up in my lap. So, let me very calmly say that this is one of the best LEGO rifles I've ever had the privilege of commenting on. And yes, the different shades of brown help add to the already-stunning realism.
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  February 7, 2011
cool!
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  February 7, 2011
Best M1 I have ever seen. This is a very difficult model to build and you did great recreating it.
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  February 7, 2011
This is amazing! I love it
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  February 7, 2011
AWESOME! Very accurate!
 
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