I am a long time dealer and I can speak from experience. If you shoot a limited edition gun, it will be worth the same as the standard issue gun in fired condition. People that buy these guns for collecting want them unfired in the box with all paperwork and accessories. It is your gun and you can do what you want; however you will decrease the value when you fire it.
There are other M1's worth just as much, and you can fire them. I have a 1944 version that has match sights (175.00 adder) all markings correct, yours for $1100.00 and it was appraised for 1250 2 years ago.
Texshooter, I don't know what for M-1 you shoot, But I took basic at Ft Dix in Dec 62 and carried one and shot many rounds thru it. It was smooth shooting, didn't jump? and I never missed a pop-up at 300 yds. Yes, it was heavy, and after I shot for record, I switched to left hand and the clips used to bounce off my helmut. No big thing! Transfered to Germany and was Issued an M-14. I wished I had my M-1 back. IMHO. Thanks, len w
Lou, you can do what you want, it's your rifle, but if I had spent the money on one of those Springfields I wouldn't shoot it. IF, you ever decided to sell it, it would be tough enough to sell it unfired let alone fired.
If you have the money, join the CMP and buy yourself a M1 that is USGI. Go to their site and research all the different grades they have.
This is what you get from the CMP for UNDER $800.00
5.9M serial range Springfield Service Grade. $633.00 Tax included
New CMP walnut stock set. $128.90
MW and TE both under 1.5
She shoots a LOT better than I do. 3" at 100 yrds off the bags. I plan on shooting her more next summer. I think I can do better.
I own the M1 D-Day edition, I want to give a retired Marine 1st Sgt. the pleasure of shooting a Garand again. I shot on the 3rd Naval District team over 40 years ago & I don't have to shoot a M1 to know what it is about. Just trying to give an Old Leatherneck a thrill. He says after 2 rds he be at home again.
Lou, If you want to try something, go to the CMP site, get on the forum, and tell the guys there what you would like to do. I would be willing to bet that if someone in your area has a Garand (some of these guys own 20 or more) they would be more than happy to meet you at a local range and let your pal shoot one. Even if you pay them for the ammo, it is only $5.00 or so per box. If I was close enough to you he could shoot all he wanted for nothing. When I went to the North store to pick out my rifle I came back with 1728 rounds.