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Last week, Cheaper Than Dirt’s The Shooter’s Log ran an article regarding 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 shooting pieces of history and requested that more details be forwarded along as soon as they became available. Here is the full story straight from the CMP.
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. 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. Best of all, some of these rifles are already being offered for sale.
H.R. 2810 starts with a pilot program that will transfer between 8,000 and 10,000 1911s to the CMP for sale to the public. The Secretary of Defense, currently Gen, Mattis, will then report the outcome of the program to Congress. The Secretary of Defense is then authorized to continue transferring up to 10,000 1911s per year for sale to the public through the CMP.
During the good times, guns are an investment that will consistently increase in value. During the bad times, they can safeguard your property and family more than any other investment in your portfolio. Either way, the reality is that Americans like their guns. Best of all, there are consistent trends where Americans tend to buy firearms based upon outside forces such as elections, in the wake of mass shootings, or proposed policy changes either locally or nationally. But what about buying a gun as an investment?
Collecting is a journey through the colorful history fraught with fakes and poor quality examples of an otherwise highly desireable firearm. In this final installment of our M1 Carbine overview series, the author covers the good, the bad and the ugly of collecting M1 Carbines, as well as stories of the M1 Carbine for hunting and comparisons to other self-defense guns and calibers.
In part one of a three-part series, the author covers the genus of the M1 Carbine, its role in WWII and Korea, and the popularity it has enjoyed with shooters, plinkers, Hollywood movies for over 75 years. In this article, he delves into various versions employed in combat and the feedback—both positive and negative—from the GIs who carried into it harm’s way.