At the time of its adoption by the United States Armed Forces in WWII, the M1 Garand was one of the most sophisticated weapons systems on the planet. It combined the long range accuracy, reliability, and stopping power of traditional bolt guns with a state of the art semi-automatic action. Shooters still enjoy these qualities in the Garand today, but many have noticed that its long barrel length can limit its usefulness in some scenarios. Because of this, carbine conversions of the Garand have been one of the most popular modifications to the rifle over the years.
Most commonly, cutting the barrel down on an M1 meant you got what has been referred to as a “tanker” Garand, and it came at a high cost, or with a hit-or-mis DIY parts kit. The end result required extensive modification to several parts, for a rifle that often ended up with spotty reliability. That’s not so much a modification as a really expensive way to ruin a great rifle!
The Mini-G is a completely new Garand carbine conversion. The key to successfully shortening the M1 Garand lies with precise bending of the op-rod. The process used in making a Shuff’s Mini-G bends the op-rod consistently to the perfect dimensions every time, ensuring that no reliability is sacrificed in the conversion process. The front handguard is also removed completely, rather than leaving a stumpy modified nub as with the old style Tanker conversions. To further ensure reliability, the Mini-G conversion includes a Schuster adjustable gas lock screw so that you can tune your Mini-G to run reliably with whatever ammo you choose.
To have your Garand converted to a Mini-G, you’ll need to send me your entire rifle. I will remove your barrel and either modify it, or exchange it for a pre-cut barrel (your choice, $25 extra to use your own barrel). Then I will make a few other modifications to your rifle, including bending the op-rod (in some cases I will use yours) and installing the adjustable gas plug. I’ll finish it up by parkerizing the receiver, follower rod, stock ferule, lower band, bolt, barrel and oprod in either zinc or manganese (specify on your order form). To have the entire rifle parkerized add $50 which includes swapping your stainless, in spec parts for re-blued and in spec ones.. The whole process usually takes about two weeks from start to finish.
The complete Mini-G conversion is only $525. Return shipping is free East of the Mississippi, and $25 for those West. The Mini-G can also be had with a .308 barrel for an additional $200, or I can install one of my special .35 Whelen barrels for $400.