Update: CMP Releases M1 Garand Ordering Information

By CTD Blogger published on in Firearms, Military Surplus, News

Last week, Cheaper Than Dirt!’s The Shooter’s Log ran an article announcing the U.S. Army’s release of 100,000 M1 Garand rifles to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Several of you expressed great interest in owning one of these fine, historical shooting pieces and requested that more details to be forwarded along as soon as they became available. Here is the full story straight from the CMP.

Remembering America's Sacrifices: M1 Garand

Per the newly completed and signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Army and the Civilian Marksmanship Program,  M1 Garands will be limited to eight per calendar year, per customer. The CMP considers any item containing an M1 Garand receiver with a serial number to be an M1 Garand and will deduct from the eight M1 Garand rifle limit per year.

In the past several years, the M1 Garand, regardless of condition, has become a very hot collectors’ item and sound financial investment. The popularity of the M1 Garand continues to grow as hundreds of new Garand “Fun” Matches are being held all across the USA each year.

Over the past 65 years, most M1 rifles have been arsenal rebuilt, refinished, rebarreled or repaired at least once and often several times. Most will show signs of service (often considerable) and replacement of various parts. They are seldom encountered with all original parts and original finish as delivered from the manufacturer. Such “original” rifles, even in well-used condition, are highly prized by collectors.

M1 Garand rifle quartering right

“In my opinion, the M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.” ~General George S. Patton, Jr.

Each M1 Garand rifle sold by CMP is an authentic U.S. Government rifle that has been inspected, headspaced, repaired if necessary and test fired for function. Each rifle is shipped with safety manual, one eight-round clip and chamber safety flag. Orders are filled on a first-come first serve basis. Rifles of all grades are packed for shipment purely by “luck of the draw”. Rifles do not have import marks. Prices are subject to change. If price has changed after an order has been received, customers will be notified before new prices are charged. Free Shipping except Puerto Rico, and P.O. Boxes—Contact CMP for additional S&H. Click here for ordering information.

Important: If your State or locality requires you to first obtain a certificate, license, permit, or Firearms Owner ID card in order to possess or receive a rifle, you must enclose a photocopy of your certificate, license, permit, or card with the application for purchase. Rifle shipments to NY and NJ must be made to a state licensed dealer. You must provide a copy of the dealer’s license with your order form. Rifle shipments to CA must be made to a State licensed dealer or may be made to individual homes, providing that a CA Certificate of Eligibility and a Curio and Relic License are provided. Rifle shipments to CT must be made to licensed or dealer or may be shipped directly to the customer if a C&R license is provided.

As a result of CT Bill 1160 and Bill 13-220 , which revised CT Bill 1160, all CT customers purchasing rifles to be delivered in CT must have the rifle shipped to a CT licensed dealer or must provide us with a copy of their current Type 3 (C&R) FFL license. We can ship directly to a customer’s home if they possess a C&R license.

NY, NJ, and CT customers who have already mailed their rifle orders to CMP should provide custserve@thecmp.org with dealer information or order cancellation instructions. Information can also be faxed to 256-835-3527 or mailed to CMP Customer Service, (Attn: FFL Order), 1401 Commerce Blvd., Anniston, AL 36207.

Garand Manufacturers – SA (Springfield Armory), HRA (Harrington & Richardson Arms, IHC (International Harvester Co.), WRA (Winchester Repeating Arms)

M1 Garand rifle by Bruce Canfield cover

A true tour de force of gun scholarship, this is the complete story of the M1 Garand service rifle as told by one of today’s foremost arms authors and researchers.

CMP Garand Grading Criteria

Rack Grade: (FAIR)

Rack Grade Rifles. Most of these rifles have been refinished or rebuilt at least once while in military service and will likely have some parts from other manufacturers. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the finish; there may be some minor pitting on the metal parts; wood will be basically sound but may be well used with minor hairline cracks, poor fit, and many digs, scratches and gouges; wood may not match in color, type of wood or condition. These rifles may have some foreign parts and wood may be Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety. Rifles do not have import marks. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections; the barrel crown may be nicked, and the muzzle may gauge more than “3” on muzzle gauge. The Throat Erosion will gauge more than “5.” The overall appearance and condition of the rack grade will generally be rougher than any other grade. Fair condition.

Manufacturer selection only guarantees the receiver was produced by the manufacturer listed. The barrel and the other parts may have been produced by other manufacturers.

Field Grade: (FAIR TO GOOD)

Field Grade Rifles. Most of these rifles have been refinished or rebuilt at least once while in military service and will likely have some parts from other manufacturers. Fair to good condition. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the finish; may have pitting on the metal parts; wood will be basically sound but may be well used with minor hairline cracks, and many dings, scratches and gouges; wood may not match in color, type of wood or condition. These rifles may have some foreign parts and wood may be Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety. Rifles do not have import marks. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections; the barrel crown may be nicked, and the muzzle may gauge more than “3” on muzzle gauge. The Throat Erosion will gauge less than 5 – well within US Army standards. Do not expect rifles in mint condition in this grade.

CMP Certificate of Authenticity

A complete Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each rifle purchased from the CMP.

Manufacturer selection only guarantees the receiver was produced by the manufacturer listed. The barrel and the other parts may have been produced by other manufacturers.

Service Grade: (GOOD TO VERY GOOD)

Service Grade Rifles show less wear and better appearance than Field or Rack Grades. Good to very good condition. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the parkerized finish. May have pitting on the metal parts. Wood will be either Walnut, Birch, Beech, or other variety and will be basically sound but may have minor hairline cracks, dings, scratches and gouges. Wood may not match in color or type of wood. Wood may be of new production but may be used and show signs of wear on Service Grade Garands. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections. The barrel crown may be nicked, but the muzzle will gauge “3 or less” and the throat erosion will gauge less than 5.

Manufacturer selection only guarantees the receiver was produced by the manufacturer listed. The barrel and the other parts may have been produced by other manufacturers.

CMP Special: (EXCELLENT)

CMP’s new grade of M1 Garand. This rifle consists of a new production stock and handguard set with CMP cartouche, a new production barrel and new web sling. Receiver and most other parts are refinished USGI, but some parts may be new manufacture. Receiver may have pitting (as seen in the picture below). See item for details.

Correct Grade: (VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT)

Correct Grade Rifles are similar to the Service Grade (above), but will show less wear and use. Correct Grade rifles will have all correct parts for the date of manufacture with 80% or better overall original metal finish. The stock and handguards will be of walnut and correct for the rifle but will have some dings, dents, scratches and marring of the wood finish. Stocks will have the appropriate original inspector’s cartouche. The rifle bore will be very good with no significant defects and with a throat erosion of less than 4 and a muzzle wear of 2 or less. Very good to excellent condition. This grade is rare and is only available occasionally in limited quantities. Because of the scarcity of these rifles, they will only be sold on the CMP auction site at cmpauction.thecmp.org.

rear of the receiver on the M1 Garand

Collector Grade: (EXCELLENT)

Collector Grade Rifles show almost no wear or use and have 95% or better overall original metal finish. Rifle bores are excellent with throat erosion under 3 and muzzle wear of 2 or less. Collector Grade rifles have all original parts as they came from the manufacturer. Wood will have a few handling marks and minor dings and scratches. Stocks have the appropriate inspector’s cartouche. Data sheets prepared by CMP armorers are included in the butt trap of each Collector Grade Rifle. Excellent condition—little or no use. Limited quantities are occasionally available. Because of the scarcity of these rifles, they will only be sold on the CMP auction site at cmpauction.thecmp.org.

Garand options currently available are listed below.
We will add other manufacturers and options as they become available.

Note: Limited Inventory at CMP Stores. If you are looking for a specific rifle, please call ahead or email custserve@thecmp.org to see what items are currently in stock prior to your visit.

CMP M1 Garand hardcase

All Garands, other than plugged drill rifles, are shipped in a CMP hard case. The CMP offers free shipping to the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. Contact the CMP for additional S&H for Puerto Rico.

Do you own an M1 Garand? Have you ever ordered a firearm from the CMP. Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (20)

  • Jim Goza

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    What is The Price For Collector Grade M1 ? Also on The Other Grade Rifles .

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    • SSG_Rick

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      Go to the web site and find out geez the article tells you everything you need to know to get there what you need someone to do that for you too!!!

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    • TomC

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      @SSG_Rick — Thank you for posting that. I have thought the same thing several times in both this thread and the earlier Shooter’s Log thread about the supposed CMP 1911s. The main reason I never posted a similar reply is that I figured that what I was likely to say would upset the poor snowflakes by being even more blunt.

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  • Tom

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    I bought a number of these over the years, plus thousands of rounds of Lake City ball when it was about $0.20/round. Prices at the CMP have been creeping up over the years, and the assortment of rifles has been dropping as they’re all sold. Some I bought are real tack-drivers; others can barely hold 4-5″ at 100 yards.

    Quite honestly, the CMP used to sell them “too cheap”. “Rack grades” at $295, “woodless Danes” (rifles without wood) at $245. I didn’t mind, of course, but a lot of guys would buy to resell. Money from the sales goes to fund marksmanship programs, so I don’t begrudge them the money they receive. They do great work encouraging and supporting kids entering the sport.

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  • Davidio Flavio

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    I got my first Garand through the governments program in the eighties, I paid right around 160 bucks including shipping, while at the same time, I could have flipped it for double, as about any Garand sold for about 300 bucks.

    Guys would pay more for a Winchester.

    And, it was ONE for life, with a caveat, unenforceable of course, that you weren’t supposed to sell them just to make a profit.

    Now, it seems that anything just above scrap, is worth a grand, with prices that are INSANE, for collectables.

    I paid 1800 for a basically brand new M1D sniper, DCM with no papers, a few years later from Scott Duff, who, if you don’t know, is one of the experts on the rifle.

    So, 100,000 rifles, at an average of only1K per rifle is 100,000,000, One hundred million DOLLARS?????????

    Our parents and grandparents paid for these rifles YEARS AGO, so, why are we being forced to pay for them AGAIN, and at astronomical prices?

    What exactly happens with the money from the sale of these rifles? Are people being paid huge salaries, Is there a CEO, what does HE MAKE per year???

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  • MSgt Retired

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    I own 4 CMP M1s that I bought through their purchase program. and 1 that I built from scratch in one of their M1 Armorer’s classes. All are wonderful shooters; my personal build is my most accurate rifle! I have seen the CMP process first hand at the Anniston site, and can affirm that their process of selection and preparation of the rifles before sales is top notch. Their proof firing process is not just one round, it involves firing a full en bloc (8 rounds). Failure to fire all 8 means the rifle is sent back to the work bench… Cosmetics are a different issue. They grade them according to what they get. Remember, these are battle rifles that are 60-80 years old. You can buy a new stock, which are beautiful, and drop the metal heart of the M1 into one with little or no fitting required if you want. As far as price, the current CMP asking price is quite reasonable when you compare them to the prices on the open market (which are currently approaching twice what CMP is getting in some cases). Incredible historical and groundbreaking technological implements offered by the CMP to ensure that American citizens are skilled in basic rifleman skills….

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    • TomC

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      I’m curious — exactly how does one go about test firing a rifle that has the receiver full of sand and the moving parts caked with mud?

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    • Spencer

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      Hmmm…. If it was me I’d clean it first. Hope that helped you out!

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    • TomC

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      I would think the same, Spencer; but that doesn’t explain how the expert MSgt Retired tells us that he KNOWS that CPM always test fires every rifle a full 8 rounds before shipping, when we have people who just received some of the Turkish returned Garrands from CMP with the receivers full of sand, the operating parts caked in mud, and cracked op rods — all of which seem to be things that any sane shooter would correct before test firing the rifle.

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    • Spencer

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      Makes me wonder if the MSgt has something to gain by making that statement or maybe just ignorant.
      Just as you do, I’d likely error on the safe side considering the prices I saw on the CPM website.

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    • TomC

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      Actually I figure that he is being perfectly honest, talking about how CMP test fired their rifles ‘back in the day’ — it seems that their procedures have slipped badly since the arrival of the Turkish and Philippine Garrands. It seems that CMP is cutting corners trying to move these rifles through the system in a hurry. Hopefully they are just trying to catch up with demand and will get back to doing things right. The other possibilities are that they felt a need to move some rifles quickly to generate cash flow to cover the costs of importing and processing 100000 returned rifles – or perhaps someone decided to ‘streamline’ the process to cut their costs.

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  • DagoBert

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    I purchased one of the CMP Special M 1 Garands and I am quite pleased with the rifle.
    The new stock is not a detractor from the rifle, to me, and the fit, finish and appearance of the stock and all parts is excellent. Nonetheless, CMP advised that the rifle be examined by a qualified gunsmith prior to firing it and that lead me to question whether it had truly been test fired by CMP. I have not fired the rifle because I have not yet had it examined.

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    • TomC

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      WHAT?!? Something really strange about that DagoBert. The CMP “Special” is a specific grade: “This rifle consists of a new production stock and handguard set with CMP cartouche, a new production barrel and new web sling. Receiver and most other parts are refinished USGI, but some parts may be new manufacture. Receiver may have pitting” It makes no sense at all that they would advise having such a rifle checked by a gunsmith when it supposedly was rebuilt by their own gunsmiths.

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  • RICK PENDLETON

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    HOW DO I GO ABOUT ORDERING ONE OF THESE RIFLES?

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      The links are in the article. ~Dave Dolbee

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  • Joe Jackson

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    I’ve always wanted a M-1 Grand but can’t affored one are these 100,000 going to be cheaper or more. If they were cheaper I would buy one.

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  • TomC

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    Despite the recent returns CMP is still listing most of the options as “sold out” — even though they are already filling orders with the rifles returned from Turkey.

    I haven’t purchased one of the recent batch of returns — and at least for the moment I don’t plan to. According to multiple reports from recent buyers of “Service Grade” rifles, they have been receiving Turkish return rifles that do meet the Muzzle Erosion and Throat Erosion standards for “Service Grade” but which otherwise fall far short of what anyone would expect of a CMP “Service Grade” rifle – rifles with all the operating parts completely devoid of finish, unserviceable stocks, at least one report of a rifle shipped with what seems to be a homemade automatic rifle (pistol grip) stock. Some of the reports would also call into question the long-standing CMP claim that all rifles sold are test fired before being released for sale and shipment — rifles with cracked or otherwise unserviceable operating rods, rifles with the receiver badly clogged with sand or caked with mud, rifles very badly caked with carbon residue from heavy use without any cleaning. Perhaps those reports are all exaggerations… or maybe CMP is cutting corners trying to catch up with the increased demand due to the publicity over the “hundred thousand” returned rifles. Either way, I think I’ll wait until the flow smooths out somewhat — and I’ll probably wait to see if the Philippine returns are hopefully better maintained than the Turkish rifles.

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    • Spencer

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      Thanks for that info! I was just thinking about ordering one this morning. In the early 70s I bought an M1 Carbine still in cosmoline for $75.00. Now it’s worth 10-15 times what I bought it for.

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    • TomC

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      I wouldn’t presume to advise anyone to or not to — but I will suggest you visit the CMP’s own M1 Garrand forum and read the posts from recent buyers. Of course, like everything else online, people who are unsatisfied are more likely to post than people who are happy. This is somewhat like reading the handful of negative reviews for a product – they may not represent what you are most likely to get, but they do show what you might get.

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    • Spencer

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      I did as you suggested. When seeing the prices, I quickly decided A purchase at the price wouldn’t be practical for me. Not because I couldn’t easily afford the price, but because of my age. At 77 y/o it would be a lousy investment.
      I went thru basic training in 1959 & qualified Expert with one. Although a bit heavy, the recoil was less at a weight of 10 pounds plus. It was a rewarding experience to shoot a rifle that was extremely accurate. My M1 Carbine wasn’t even close to the same accuracy, but still fun to shoot at 100 yards or less.

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