You can afford to get one first, $100 is a drop in the bucket copmared to $1000
Not when I don't have a job and no source of income and it takes me forever to scrounge $100, and would take me just as long to replace it.
Plus, if I get a Mosin, then I'm going to want to get a sling for it, and ammo, and a parts kit, and a bore brush, and, and, and...
Mosins will always be kicking around cheap, but once the CMP is out of Garands then there won't be a cheap source for them and the prices will only go up, unfortunately. So I need to get one of those while I can.
No job blows, I'm kind of feeling that now since work at the machine shop is slow.
But when you buy a Mosin, aside from ammo you get everything you need and some stuff you don't even want. You get the sling, some ammo pouches, the cleaning kit with the ends for the rod in the rifle, the multi-tool, a bottle of mollasses, and a blood stained leather pouch. Toss out the bottle of mollasses and the pouch, and as long as you have another rifle of some kind you'll already have cleaning patches, solvent, and oil. As was mentioned a few posts ago, 7.62x54r is dirt cheap.
Can't argue with the Garand availability, though. They are drying up quickly. At least the M1As aren't going anywhere soon and they are a decent replacement for a functioning M1 pattern rifle. Don't nearly have the nostalgia, but are in a more economical round, have tons of parts and accessories, and most importantly have manufacturer support!
I'd love an M1 as well, but if I could at least get an M1A I'd still be happy.