My good buddy @thrillhill let me shoot his Garand last week & I am hooked. I'd always heard great things, but never had a chance to shoot one till he invited me down to do some shooting. Loved, loved, loved how it handled & shot. We weren't shooting any kinda distance, just firing a couple clips at chunks of wood floating in the creek at 25-ish yards. Just felt "right" & hit everything I pointed it at. Now what? Looked at CMP, but everything is sold out except for Springfield or H&Rs Field Grades for $650. Don't want a wall hanger or trophy & don't care about numbers matching or manufacturer. I want a shooter. The example I was privileged to put a few rounds through was a Special Grade with new wood & a Criterion barrel & is much more what I'm after. Take my chances with a Field Grade, or hunt for a Special grade? Best place to find one & not get taken? What's a fair price for them these days? I had a hunch that visit might cost me money, but I really liked that thing a LOT more than I expected.