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)

  • Kenneth Hartling

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    I would love this please keep me updated on this

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  • michael j stratton

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    I would love one of these rifles. Please keep me updated as to availability.

    Mike

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  • Hide Behind

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    Nice weapons, but not as nice as m-14 nor as accurate.
    Historicly , what good to hide on mantle, or just to pass down family lines, take it out let others fire it and explain to them it’s historical signifigance.
    My Gramps relative had a 30/40 Krag from Spanish war in both Cuba and Philipines, he had papers of old songs and pictures of himself and others.
    STORIES of his useage, including his refusal to massacre Insurgents at a certain bridge, an event not talked about in US history books.
    FOo today’s history books talk of the common grunt or just some National glory bull s…?
    Lots alive today do not even know of Garand, so when you buy do not forget to have literature of “why” the Garand was and still is important to Nations Legacy.
    50 years from now that old clunker in gun case to great grandkids, otherwise without pic and story, is just a few quick buck

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  • Richard Land

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    Keep me informed about M-1 releases

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  • steven seidman

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    m1 is a very accurate rifle

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  • Jimmy Ford

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    I would love to have an M1. My dad was in the marine Corps in WW II. He was making beach landings and carried an M1. He has always wanted one and I would love to see his face if I could hand him one. He’s 94 years old and as sharp as a razor.

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  • 1SG(Ret) Jerry Bromley

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    I have always wanted to own this weapon. Patton said, it best weapon ever made. yes I would like to own one.

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  • Sullivan Scott

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    I would love to own a piece of history like the M1 please email me back if I have any chance of owning one.
    Thx

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  • Mj Jeffries

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    Wonderful weapon. Great shooter, just not at CMP prices. One could buy a AR-15 and accessories for their prices.

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  • charles

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    so sad you dont take them out and enjoy them , my own service rifle was a m14 so none of the local ranges let me shoot it even with the lockout I do enjoy the 1903 and grand that came from my father and grandfather

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