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August 18, 2008, 16:50
Numrich has unmarked M1 Tanker barrels in .30-'06 and .308 for about $240. Bores G-EXC w/ some finish wear on outside. Grease-pencil writing stating TE/ME are on outside.

Just thought you guys might want to know.

August 19, 2008, 02:30
Originally posted by StoneyCreekMrMauser
Numrich has unmarked M1 Tanker barrels in .30-'06 and .308 for about $240. Bores G-EXC w/ some finish wear on outside. Grease-pencil writing stating TE/ME are on outside.

Just thought you guys might want to know.
Just out of curiosity, can a conventional rack grade M1 be converted to this configuration, if so what would it entail? I dont thing I'd do it to my current M1 but if I picked one up on the cheap--like a Rack grade CMP M1--I might consider it.

Survey Punk
August 19, 2008, 06:29
New barrel and op rod and a bit of tweaking as the shorter op rod usually needs some bending to run true back and forth.
Front handguard too.


August 19, 2008, 17:39
Sarco and NUmrich both had conversion kits for this purpose but I think both are sold out. I'm sure it's possible to convert a std op rod into a tanker but I for one am not able to weld *that* well. Something about a chunk of metal that big headed back at me at that speed under that much pressure concerns me a tad.

Still, I'd love to have one of the little buggers.

August 21, 2008, 20:36
Tanker Garands were pretty popular ten years ago. Never shot one but at the time I remember there were a lot complaints about them. Many didn't work properly.

August 22, 2008, 23:51
there is a guy on the cmp site that does the conversion for about 350, and everyone who has one says they work great, oh and that includes repark

August 22, 2008, 23:53

August 23, 2008, 13:25
Numrich shows out of stock on both tanker barrels.
DGR now does Tanker conversions. www.dgrguns.com

August 23, 2008, 18:22
Had a tanker back in the 80's and like many things in those days foolishly sold/traded/whatevered it, much to my later regret. If I recall correctly the hole which bleeds gas off the barrel had to be enlarged a bit. Don't recall any malfunction problems with it and seems to me it was an 06, unlike some which were converted to .308. The thing I remember most about it was the wood... fine oiled dark walnut. Ah the ramblings and memories of an old geezer, lol.

August 23, 2008, 23:44
From hanging out on the Jouster board, not a lot of happy campers when attempting homebuilt tankers using the kits. I would have one built by a smith with a lot of tanker experience. I had one built chambered in 7.62 X 51 and its one of my favored Garands. No more recoil than a USGI Garand, however, the muzzle likes to climb in rapid fire. Mine has a Douglas barrel and is very accurate.

August 24, 2008, 15:35
George, you ought to "gift" that to me! It's exactly what I want! :tongue:

August 24, 2008, 15:53
I hear CMP has a stash of long lost T-26 rifles and will be offering them up next July!!:D :D

August 24, 2008, 15:57
Yep George, and I hear Obama own's a couple of AK's and is a strong RKBA guy... :uhoh:

August 24, 2008, 16:15
You are more likely to see Obama at the Chicago dump poping gulls with your AK than you are to ever see Orest announcing that he has 10 pallets of T-26s
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

August 25, 2008, 16:51
You sure about that, Ssarge? The ones I was looking at were under "New Products: Barrels" and are still listed at $239.95. That's not saying I haven't ordered from Numrich before and had stuff OOS on me. :sad:

September 17, 2008, 12:18
Here is one of the Numrich 7.62 kits.

I am just getting around to doing something with it???


Barrel is completely unmarked. ( click em)
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0150.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0150.jpg)

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0149.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0149.jpg)

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0144.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0144.jpg)

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0145.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0145.jpg)

OP rod has been salvaged and reconditioned.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0139.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0139.jpg)

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0138.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0138.jpg)

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0140.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0140.jpg)

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0142.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0142.jpg)

Look at that prick on the top ( not DABTL)

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/th_DSCF0143.jpg (http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/Rotor_/M1/Numrich%20Tanker%20Kit/DSCF0143.jpg)


October 13, 2008, 22:55
Gee my .30-06 Numrich Tanker kit looked just like yours - barrel unmarked in .30-06 too and my Op Rod was marked 7.62. I just reassembled today (got it back Saturday - looked funny; an obvious rifle box (carbine sized) that the substitute letter carrier (my regular guy would have put it in the storm door) stuck in the mail box that is on the side of the house...Tim Shufflin installed and headspaced my barrel the parked the metal in a very nice, dark park. I took it to the range today and ran 2 clips through it...no problems. I wasn't going for accuracy - but although low and left it did group though. Maybe tomorrow I'll go for accuracy at 100 yards.

October 13, 2008, 22:59
Congrats! Will we see some pics?

October 13, 2008, 23:34

October 14, 2008, 07:01
Nice! I see ya don't believe in safe queens. Who did the BAR mag? conversion?

October 14, 2008, 10:34
Originally posted by 1MOR
Who did the BAR mag? conversion?

Thats a BM 62 on top (I think). Beretta BM 59 mag not BAR.


October 14, 2008, 11:56
Whoops, that would explain the comp! Would like to see an actual BAR mag converted Garand. Have read about same but have never seen an owner post a pic. About the time that I find a Smith who will do a conversion, they quit the business or no longer do the conversions.

It looks like it has earned it keep. Gotta be a story that goes with it?

October 16, 2008, 22:19
imagine a bar mag tanker, thats my itch... i'm still waitin for it to happen

November 02, 2008, 07:28
I'll admit that for some reason I want a tanker garand. And I'd want it in 7.62. And a brake or FH would be cool. And a 20 rd box mag conversion would REALLY top it off. And I'd have about $2500 into a rifle that almost performs as well as my M1A Scout.

There's a reason Tankers "were" popular a while back and aren't any more. SA made the "Bush" and later the "Scout". Then Garand prices shot through the roof. Suddenly the economics of hacking up a perfectly good Garand fell apart. Again, I think they're cool as heck and there's nothing like a USGI forged receiver. But the Garand receiver is longer than necessary for 7.62, the gas system isn't as durable as the M14 type, mag conversions are expensive if even possible, and the M14 doesn't require any rattly little front handguard to deal with.


November 02, 2008, 15:46
Here's a conversion using M14 mags.