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This M1 Garand was originally built during WWII by Springfield Armory. It has since been converted to “Tanker Garand” configuration. The modern conversion was done commercially. The rifle has been cut down nicely and refurbished. It now fires 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm) ammunition. This is a good looking Tanker Garand that will add to your collection.
There is NO SPACER BLOCK installed. A spacer block is not necessary for the rifle to function. A spacer block does not allow you to load a clip with .30-06 cartridges into the rifle.
Here is some Tanker Garand information from scott-duff.com/whats-a-tanker-garand/:
The “Tanker Garand” is a “misnomer.” During WWII two separate prototypes were developed for paratroop use. The first was the M1E5. The M1E5 had a short barrel and a folding metal stock. It was developed and tested in the Summer of 1944, but then abandoned because of the loud report and large muzzle flash from the short barrel. In the fall of 1944 the Pacific Warfare Board ordered a test quantity of 150 M1 Rifles to be shortened and tested for jungle and paratroop use. These conversions were rather crudely done in the Pacific Theater of Operations, either in Australia or the Philippines. A request was made that Springfield Armory manufacture these shortened M1s, and two were sent by air to the USA for testing. When the Springfield Armory staff saw the improvised short Garands, they recognized that they were the same as the M1E5 but with a normal wood stock. Thereupon they assembled their own version, designated T26. After testing the same conclusions were drawn as before; the barrel was just too short to be practical. Thus only one T26 was ever made in the USA. Of the two test rifles sent from the Pacific, one is in the Springfield Armory Museum, and one is reportedly at the West Point Museum. The lone T26 was reported destroyed in testing at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland…Robert Penney noted the short Garand at the Springfield Armory museum during a visit there and decided to meld his interest in tanks with his business interests, Alpine and National Ordnance, prime “remanufacturers” of Garands from Garand scrap. Penney decided that a short T26-type Garand would fit nicely in a tank turret, and coined the term “Tanker Garand.” However, the short Garands that were tested by the Army during WWII were not intended for use by tank crews! Nevertheless, Penney’s name for the T26-type rifle stubbornly stuck; few gun people recognize “T26” but nearly everyone has heard of the “Tanker Garand.” Even now when M1s have been much more available, the popularity of a short Garand remains strong. Thus many have been made on good, original receivers.