It?s Election Day and I just came home with my first M1-Garand, I can?t say if a Garand or the Carbine should be the first purchase to make. They?re both are a piece of history in your hand and give you a good feeling just to hold. The carbine I have is not a war machine; Iver Johnson made it in the late 70?s. It?s a real fun gun to shoot and very easy to reload ammo for. It?s lite and fast but to make it lite and fast means you lose something when it comes to knockdown power, and that is one reason I bought the Garand. It?s a real U.S. war machine, you have the man stopper .30-06 cartridge with one of the best war rifles as far as accuracy goes. I?ve always wanted a gun in .30-06 after seeing my brother vaporize a five-gallon can of water using a silver tip bullet at about thirty-five feet, IT WAS IMPRESSIVE! The can was left flat by the explosive impact of the bullet and made the Ruger Blackhawk .41 Mag his son used and my .357 Mag look like a .22 by comparison. Garands are getting scarcer each year so they may be the best choice at this time. The Garand may also be cheaper to shoot because the .30 carbine ammo is overpriced if you ask me.