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)

  • Chip Cramer

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    I’m interested in both, the M1 Garands and 45 1911.
    Please keep me posted.
    Thank you.

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  • David A Smith

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    Please add my name to the list for the purchase of the M-1 Garand

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  • Adam

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    Very interested, notify me when these and the 1911s become available.

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  • Darrell Smith

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    I have the World War 1 Springfield bolt action left to me from my Dad.
    I would love to get the M1 Garand to complete my collection. My dad also left me with the 30 caliber carbine. I also have a lot of ammo 30/06 he left me in the clips. I would love to know how i can buy one of these rifles?

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  • lawrence marsiello

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    i’m interesting in buying one of the M-1’s

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  • Anton Mortensen

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    I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN M-1 GARAND.. Register member of CTD an purchased many items.

    Anton

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  • SSG_Rick

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    Best Battle implement ever devised. I am definitely getting one or two. You can currently buy 8 per year if you can afford it.
    One more thing CTD article states that you go through 2 background checks…WRONG CMP does a BGC and ships the rifle to your home. I am not sure how they are going to handle the 1911’s for me, I assume I can send a photo copy of my CCW and my Pistol registration form for MI and they may send that to me at my home also. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  • Billy Barber

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    I’d love to buy, To preserve this rifle and history is a no brainer.

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  • George Brooks

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    Would love to have one of these m1’s. My father was in ww11 & when I was 6yrs old we went to where he was taking basic . He got the OK to carry me to his barracks .Got to see his m1 & everything . Was very exciting . I have no idea how much they cost may not be able to afford one.

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  • Joe

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    I will get one or more to preserve and collect

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    • Justin Holt

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      I am interested in purchasing both an M1 and the 1911

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