The CMP Starts Release of 100,000 M1 Garands!

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, Military Surplus, News

Recently, The Shooter’s Log ran a story, detailing President Trump’s order to go a step further than his predecessor and actually release the 100,000 or so 1911s currently being stored by the U.S. Army to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Several of you left your email and asked to be informed as soon as the CMP began taking orders. While I wish we were reporting that the 1911s were ready for distribution, that’s not the case. However, we have something as good, if not better.

M1 Garand

M1 Garand

During and after World War II, the U.S. loaned tens of thousands of M1 Garands to our allies. Among those allies were the Philippines and Turkey. Approximately 100,000 M1s have been returned and are, or were until very recently, being stored by the U.S. Army. Although technically authorized for sale through the CMP under President Obama, most reading this right now likely believe it was unlikely to ever happen under his administration. However, President Trump’s administration looks at firearms through a different lens.

For the Obama administration, many readers have expressed a belief that signing a piece of paper as a showpiece was one thing, but actually releasing the guns was quite another, and the Obama administration knew it. Fair enough… However, behind the scenes, the U.S. Army (authorized by President Obama’s order) laid the groundwork with the CMP for the eventual release of the rifles, and that has now come to fruition. Today, the Garands are in the hands of the CMP.

Crossing M1 Garands

Just think about it, 100,000 more M1 Garands…

The CMP received the Garands over the last month or so. Currently, the CMP is busy prepping the guns for sale. Each of the M1s will have to be cleaned, inspected, potentially repaired or rebuilt, and then test fired. Afterward, the M1 Garands will be sorted and graded, which ultimately determines each rifle’s sale price.

“We’ve already begun on the Turkish rifles,” CMP Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson said in an interview with the NRA. “They’re already filtering into the system and there are some on the racks for sale now.” Apparently neither country added any marks on the rifles, so the repatriated guns are not distinguishable from any other M1 Garand, Johnson said.

As previously mentioned, the government also has about 100,000 1911s, which will be sold at a rate of 8,000 to 10,000 a year. Due to the limited supply and anticipated high demand, at least the first lot is scheduled to be sold on a lottery basis.

The CMP is authorized to sell designated surplus military rifles, parts, and ammunition to qualified U.S. citizens “for marksmanship purposes.” There are regulations and hoops you’ll have to jump through to qualify to buy one—like a background check both when applying through the CMP and another from the FFL when you pick it up. Some will squawk about this, but it is Uncle Sam’s guns and his rules. Besides,

The revenue from CMP sales is used to fund operations and programs and to supplement a permanent endowment. For eligibility requirements, check out the CMP website. There you’ll find the CMP has two retail stores, one in Alabama and one Ohio. The CMP also has an online retail site and sells item through an auction site.

The M1 Garand has always been a favorite of shooters and readers of The Shooter’s Log. Do you own or plan to buy a Garand? Will you get it to collect or compete? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (63)

  • Jon B

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    I would love to have one. When my grandfather died I was supposed to be given his. He lived that rifle. He used one just like it during his war service days. It’s what he learned to shoot with in the army and I learned on the M1 of his. The second was a Thompson Sub 45. (Typewriter) both were beautiful. However coming home from the nursing home the day he was released someone broke into his house and took all of his guns. Serial numbers were reported to the police. He died a few weeks later they have never been found.

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  • Chris Sampson

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    Would love to have one of the M1-Garands. Would love a standard issue government issued 1911 even more. What’s the cost on these each?

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  • Ronald Hooper

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    Please let me know what is necessary to obtain one of these M-1 rifles. I would love to own one.

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    • folma7

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      Go to http://www.thecmp.org. That is the program responsible for the refurbing & sales of these military arms. You’d be actually purchasing your rifle from the US Army through the CMP.

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  • David G. Miller

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    I have three mil-spec Garands. One each from SA, WRA and IHC. Just need a H&R to round out the collection. Definitely fun to shoot.

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  • Brian King

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    I don’t have an M1 but would like a fully functioning one. I’m a retired AF officer and glad to jump a hoop to obtain. Let me know what you need.

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  • Freddie J Mckinney

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    I would like to have one, was my issued 3 out of 7 years in the Army. I will mount it on my mantel under the 1911 I hope to get. Thanks. Freddie MKinney 6:32 p.m. 02-28-18.

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  • Artie

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    With 100k rifles becoming available and another 80k potentially coming from Korea why are the prices so high for these rifles. I would love to own one but not at some of the prices I have seen recently.

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  • JAMES KIRKPATRICK

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    I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN M-1 GARAND. I HAVE ONE BUT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ANOTHER. THEY ARE A GREAT RIFLE.

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  • Mel

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    I own a (D)CMP M1, Service Grade. Got it in 1989….for $109.00! It’s in great shape. Up untl 4 years ago I hardly took it to the range. I love my rifle. I thoroughly disassemble & clean the weapon while watching WWII movies on TCM.

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  • Kathy Plourde

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    I would love one of these M1’s. I have one of the M1 Garand Marine Corps Association limited editions. Only 300 were issued. It is beautiful but never been fired. I would love one I could take tonthe rifle range and use for target shooting. The 1911 would be awesome too.

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