The Garand is a great rifle, the M-14 is the “Son Of M-1”, I have not shot mine in several years, I need to take it to the range along with my “Elephant” gun the Enfield .303 I call it this because of the Big Round Nosed bullet it fires. When I bought my Garand back in the 1980’s, there were only two left on the shelf, so I picked the better looking of the two, I am sure I paid under $300.00 back then, maybe a little more but I doubt it.
Go to YouTube and type in Garand and you will get a lot more information, I bought a DVD a few years ago hosted by a guy I used to see on the History Channel regularly, it is called “AMERICA’S RIFLE:THE M1 GARAND”. Also includes an interview with Hector Cafferata a Medal Of Honor recipient who help off a zillion Chinese at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. He was a shooting machine.