Well thanks to jerseybassnbow for letting me know there was an m1 for sale while I was 30 foot up an oak tree rifle hunting in CT and the owner of the gun working with me and meeting up for the sale on such short notice (gogreen- forgot the screen name) Great guy and met me at my fathers where we shot a few rounds and made the transaction. My grandpa came over for thanksgiving and after he had his appetizers I said "grandpa I have something for you" he perked right up and looked like a kid on xmas. I presented him with the M1 and he started to cry instantly, he told me how this was his best friend for years during the war and that he remembers holding it with a death grip rocking in the waves approaching Normandy beach. I said do you want to shoot it? " hell yea! lets do it!" I had the lead sled all set up for him and we headed onto my deck, placed a pumpkin at about 50 yards and got him set up. Loaded her up got him in position and he squeezed off two rounds decimating the pumpkin! I have never seen him more excited!!! This trigged numerous stories and memories, some of which I had never heard, he talked explicitly of 4 different lives he took up close and personal with the m1 and his boot knife, stories I have never heard him mention. Lots of tears but when we sat down to eat he told me how happy I made him and his dream of shooting the m1 again made him feel at peace. God willing, this spring we will put some more rounds through that gun and he sure is excited. So thank you to the members that helped me make this happen, you certainly contributed to making a 90 year old WWII vets whole year! I gave him one of the shell casings he shot and kept the other one. What an incredibly emotional and memorable Thanksgiving with a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. They don't make em like grandpa anymore. I have a few pics and a video of him shooting if someone can post that would be great. Let me know and ill email them to you. Thanks guys!