POTD: Brazil Police Confiscate Tacti-Cool M1 Garand

Ronaldo Olive sent us these photos of an M1 Garand rifle confiscated by the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State. It features a  Sage International M1GALCS/PMRI stock (but with a different AR-15 stock and pistol grip). An EOTech scope is mounted on top.

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Thanks Ronaldo.


Steve Johnson

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  • iksnilol

    Is it wrong that I sorta want it?

    • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

      Im already booking a flight down to Brazil.

      • iksnilol

        NOT IF I GET THERE FIRST YOU… you, gun-heathen?

        • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

          Packing my gear right now to attack the police station, do you happen to know where their evidence locker is?

          • iksnilol

            dayum, we’re being serious. Y’know, I’ve never attacked a police station before. This’ll be a great opportunity to make friends. You know what they say, no friends like those you do crimes and stupid stuff with.

          • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

            The best of friends are the ones you meet in a tough situation.

          • iksnilol

            Oh yes, also tough situations are a good way to weed out the ones you can’t trust.

          • AznMike

            Come on, everyone knows the best idea is to simply steal the evidence locker. All you need are a couple of super charged muscle cars and grappling hooks.

          • Dan

            And it helps to live your life one quarter mile at a time.

          • iksnilol

            I like the way you think… I sorta can’t afford muscle cars :/

            Though I do have the grappling hooks. What if we just run really fast?

          • Grindstone50k

            I’ll be waiting in the plane on the 5 million mile long air strip.

          • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

            Also what are you bringing? Im buying whatever I find on the black market in Rio De Janeiro

          • iksnilol

            I don’t know, I’m thinking “when in Rome, act like the Romans”. So, y’know, ask around and see what’s popular economical. Otherwise I am just using the go-to Tokarev because that’s how I roll.

          • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

            “What’s your bestseller?”

          • iksnilol


            No reason to make a trail that points towards you.

          • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

            Maybe the whole “attacking the police station” thing will be a pretty clear trail, but still, im going for it.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but no reason to make it more obvious. Y’catch my drift?

            Besides, that is a common occurence in South America.

          • Rooftop Voter

            Wear protection!

          • AK™

            My friend was wearing a condom when he was shot by the wifes husband,so they aren’t entirely effective at protection..

          • xtphreak

            his wife or someone else’s?

          • The Brigadier

            Always travel with a box of Trojans.

          • st4

            All you need for that is an AR18 in one hand, a SPAS 12 in the other, and a pair of Gargoyles. If your CPU is a neural net processor, that wouldn’t hurt either.

          • iksnilol

            Sorry to disappoint, I am not an Austrian-American body builder.

          • Otto

            I am, German-American body builder.

          • John Davis

            This is the greatest thread in the history of ever

          • iksnilol

            It’s been an honor, I think I might have reached my peak.

        • Michael Rice

          Mind if I tag along? Not to rob the police station but to kill the gunsmith responsible for doing that to that poor, defenseless rifle. I mean mounting rails and modern optics on an old warhorse like the M1 I’ve no issue with, but you keep the wooden stock (mostly) intact.

          • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

            Yeah, come along. Damn guy, attacking elderly guns.

          • Anonymoose

            I’d like it better if it had an M1D-style scope mount instead of the scout-mounted Eotech.

          • iksnilol

            Ooh, like a side-quest? Sure, come along.

    • Secundius

      @ iksnilol

      No not really, Does putting “Pearl Handle Grips” on a M1911 change the Firing Characteristics of Original Pistol. Or “Pimping” an M14 to look like M1A SOCOM…

      • The Brigadier

        Easier yet simply bring a few extra grand and just buy the thing. Cops in Sud America are notoriously for sale and I’ll bet you can pick this one up for a fair price, unless of course the local Chief of Police has it proudly displayed in his study at home.

  • Cal S.

    Wow, a full-on heist being planned here, lol! 😉 Just bring lots of cash, police south of us love them their bribes!

    • PK

      Right? I feel as though we’re accomplices now, after reading all that!

      • iksnilol

        If it makes you feel any better, we’ll probably blame it on you if we get caught.

        • Cal S.

          Lol! Wait…

    • Ronaldo

      Don’t generalize, Cal… It’s unfair to the majority who dedicate their lives (in the full sense of the word) to serve and protect down here.

      • Cal S.

        Indeed. I guess we hear a lot more about the bad ones that consort with drug lords than we do about the others.

        • Yallan

          Bribes are legit imo, policing is one of the worst jobs out there and very underpaid.

          • Doom

            Lol wow… it is the police’s job to enforce laws, when a rich criminal can pay them to look the other way, what is the point of having laws in the first place?

          • Rock or Something

            It is no coincidence that laws are ignored by both the criminals and politicians.

  • 1leggeddog

    Well Police down there are packing will armor plates.

    So a .30-06 weapon makes sense. Goes through it like butter!

    • CommonSense23

      Depends on the plate. Stopping 7.62 nato isn’t that hard for stand alone plates these days.

      • Bear The Grizzly

        You seem to be forgetting that this particular weapon has a pistol grip AND a collapsible stock. Those two devices combined modify the power of the weapon up to howitzer levels. 🙂

        • marathag

          Now with a grenade launcher, would be unstoppable

      • Sean

        Even black tipped ’06?

        • CommonSense23

          Most likely. My plates are rated against 7.62 Nato AP. I also know they are against 7.62x54R(think they are good against AP, not sure honestly).

          • BB

            Hand loaded black tips can go through Lvl4. There are two other loads that I know of that will also do it.

          • Nicks87

            Let’s see some youtube videos.

          • BB

            Nope [I don’t give criminals free how-to manuals on killing cops]

          • CommonSense23

            Where you getting that from.

        • iksnilol

          IIRC level 4 (by American standard) is made to stop AP 30-06.

      • JSmath

        It’s a minor point, but 7.62 NATO is ever slightly down on power (and VELOCITY*!) on .30-06

        • CommonSense23

          30-06 what? If your talking about hand loads, yeah. If your talking about factory loads not so much. The 7.62 Nato was designed to replicate the 30-06 performance in a small case with modern propellants. There are plenty of 7.62 rounds that put out more velocity than any 30-06 that you can safely fire out of a 50+ year old M1 Garand.

          • Jim_Macklin

            7.62×51 was developed to duplicate M2 Ball ballistics, which were limited by the Garand’s weak operating rod.
            Modern powders have allowed factory .30/06 to reach into the .300 H&H power levels.

          • NukeItFromOrbit

            I’m pretty certain the M1 Garand could fire M1 Ball and various other types of .30-06 ammo from the era. M2 Ball ballistics were limited (versus M1 Ball) not by the Garand’s design but due to firing range issues in continental United States IIRC.

          • BB

            Actually the limitation was in the non-adjustable gas plug that would be overgassed when using high powered loads. An adjustable gas plus if a $40 part and then feel free to use whatever handloads you like as the Garand receiver is the STRONGEST semi-auto receiver ever built.

          • CommonSense23

            I should have clarified, I meant factory loads you can use in a Garand. Obviously more case capacity is going to allow better ballistics.

    • Nicks87

      Level IV Plates will stop 30-06 and body armor technology is getting to the point where they don’t weigh a ton anymore either.

      • 1leggeddog

        Are they issuing level 4 plates ? I’m assuming no…

        • Nicks87

          They might be. BOPE is serious as a heart attack and they are very well equipped.

      • BB

        Not all 30-06

        • Nicks87

          The NIJ rates level IV plates for 30-06 AP ammo. If you have proof of 30-06 penetrating Level IV armor then let’s see it.

  • Tyler McCommon

    Is that a gas trap Garand?

    • LegMeat

      It’s not a gas trap but it does have an early lockbar rear sight.

  • HenryV

    I hope it ends up in the police armoury and not destroyed.

  • kyphe

    I think it’s a psychological weapon, trying to make it look like a light machine gun to intimidate rivals.

  • Sean

    I have such mixed feelings.
    First, it is just wrong to do that an M1 Garand. Some things are sacred.
    But, damn…amazing that a 90 yr old rifle is still capable of getting it done. I would never do that to one of mine…but I would shoot the hell out of it were it to fall into my hands.

    • Ken

      On the plus side, no permanent mods are needed to put the Sage stock on.

      • Cameron Bissell

        I bet somewhere as soggy as brazil the sage stock would be easier to keep clean.

        • iksnilol

          Just clean up the wooden stock and wrap it in duct tape. If you use enough moisture shouldn’t get through.

  • derfelcadarn

    Now that’s a rifle and based on a real cartridge too.

  • Uncle Webkins


  • Will

    I could understand doing this to an M1A or M14. Something that would accept a twenty round magazine. But for an eight round rifle?
    Plus doing this to an M1 Garand is bordering on the sacreligious if not outright blasphemy.
    Just my opinion.

    • The Brigadier

      Its just an old rifle and there was a time they were sold in surplus stores for around $65 dollars. Hunters bought some as a cheap shooter, but most preferred bolt action rifles. The CMP also sold them for years and years. Yes its an historic and straight shooter with a few serious systemic problems. The M14 was the Garand with a bigger magazine and no flaws. I think it looks pretty cool tricked out that way. I bet none of the Garands that ISIS has looks that cool.

  • NotoriousAPP

    Definitely not basic.

  • Jim_Macklin

    EOTech isn’t a telescope, but a non-magnified holographic optical sight.
    The story misses many facts… why was it confiscated and from who was it confiscated? Was it a legal tourist who had gone to Brazil for some legitimate reason or did some Brazilian criminal have possession?
    Does Brazil have a typical gun law that does not allow “military calibers” used by the police and military. Thus a .30/30 or 300 Magnum is legal buy a 7.62×39, x51 or x63 [.30/06] is not legal for civilian ownership.
    The facts please!

    • Ives Ricardo

      No man, down here it’s .380 ACP, .22LR… A civilian, owning a 7,62 rifle? Only if he was damn lucky to have it in a legal manner (which, I’ll have you know it’s the closest thing to impossible). Imagine a .30-06! We have , as you may know or not, desarming politics.

      • Jim_Macklin

        Wish you well, perhaps some Brazilian citizens will band together and follow the model. The model is in the history books of North America- 1775 through 1799, just a few documents.

        • Ives Ricardo

          I know right? But as a Sergeant I’m not allowed to take any side in this. It’s the law, which I took I vow to protect an enforce, when needed. I know what you mean and I thank you for your opinion on the matter… just between you me and the entire TFB community, not having a 2nd amendement-like law in my country?! Su*s! I didn’t knew about this until I read here. Any more informations for you guys, I’ll post it

      • BB

        That 30-06 with AP will blow right through 90% of police armor. That might have been the intention with this rifle.

    • The Brigadier

      Probably number two. They took it away from a criminal and now its the property of the police.

  • MrEllis

    It needs a spoiler.

  • Ken

    I wonder if this has any connection to the ammo found in the lake last week (probably not, since there are probably lots of M1’s in Brazil).

    • iksnilol

      I wonder where the M1’s in Brazil are from? As in how did they get there?

      • shootbrownelk

        Drug money buys only the finest, most expensive guns and accessories!

        • iksnilol

          If that were true they wouldn’t be rocking an M1. They’d be rocking ARs, preferably HK416s, if they truly were that rich/spendy.

  • DaveP.

    All that expensive crap they slapped on the poor thing, you’d think they’d be able to replace the gas nut and recrown the muzzle. But no….

  • RICH

    SWEEEET ! ! ! : )

  • Fruitbat44

    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

  • GearHeadTony

    I can’t find it anymore, but I remember seeing these for sale as ready made rifles or you could send yours in for conversion. I can’t remember who was making them (I thought it was Fulton Armory, but they don’t show up on the website anymore).

  • manuel

    Probably was confiscated from a tourist for being a scary looking assault weapon.

  • David Eickelmann

    That’s a Sage M1G ALCS/CV chassis with a Magpul ACS stock on it.

  • Rick Prendergast


  • Realist

    I’m sure Patton is rolling over in his grave over this gnarly beast…



  • Bodie

    After what’s become of the BAR as of recent, it’s hard to take too much offense to this.

  • MichaelZWilliamson

    And it’s still not competitive with any post-1950 design, and no more than an amusement.

  • idahoguy101

    I wonder if it was in .30/06 or a 7.62 NATO rifles? The Brazilian Army fought with the Allies in Italy. Using U.S. Army gear for logistical reasons.

  • Secundius

    I’m willing to bet, that Ammunition Seizure had something to do with it…

  • Fmuser

    If firearms enthusiasts can only convince the ignorant that stocks and pistol grips don’t make a rifle more deadly, we might make some progress.

  • Secundius

    I wonder if the Garand seizure’s have anything to do with the Ammunition found in the Submerged 55-Gallon Drums…

  • B. Young

    isn’t that stock/receiver for like a BM-59 mag fed .308 Garand variant that grew up to be an M-14

  • Isaac Arnold

    So after you add all that stuff to it you still have an 8 shot rifle. A heavy 8 shot rifle. I think it is off the scale in terms of coolness, but it is a failure in terms of practicality. I’ll keep my DCM M1 the way it came to me from the Army.