The CMP Starts Release of 100,000 M1 Garands!

Crossing M1 Garands

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.

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 items 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 (64)

  1. This was the very first rifle I qualified on in May of 1970 at my Army Reserve unite of the 164th Direct Support group in Phoenix, AZ. This was before going to basic training at Fort Knox. After qualifying was over the captain said that we needed to “get rid” of about 10,000 rounds so we didn’t have to take them back to headquarters. To say we had fun was a understatement, I can not say how many hundreds or thousands of rounds I fired before raising my hand to inform the sergeant that I could not fire anymore because the rifle woodstock was so hot I could not hold it nor could I see the front sight due to the smoke coming off the wood. He took my Garand and handed me another and said “keep shooting”. I prepared to fire when I heard a man screaming running behind me with his thumb caught in the action with blood spurting out. I then fully understood the meaning of the term ” M-1 Garand thumb ” and made sure it would never happen to me. I can say that this weapon is the greatest for long range use as it shoots straight, true, extremely accurate and with one hell of a knock down power. To use it in todays ‘wars” it is way to heavy, does not hold enough rounds and to slow to reload.
    I have a beautiful M-1 Tribute Garand in a presentation box that I purchased for $1000.00 this year (2019) but I want to buy one for shooting.

  2. The only people that want a Garand are the ones that have never had to carry, clean, shoot or feed a Garand Rifle…When you consider the price for a rusty one that’s been drug through the mud is over $600..(we used to buy these out of the back of Shotgun News for $95 + shipping) Have you checked the price of 30-06 ammo lately? We bought 5000 round cases of Mil.Surp. ammo out of the same magazine for $100 then too. Good luck finding that deal again……People need to wake up and smell the bullchit……Geez…

    1. As a former Sgt in the USMC, I qualified with a during 2nd ITR at Camp Pendelton and would like to have one as a mate to my M14. How do I go about obtaining one? Also, some were converted to .308 NATO after the Korean War truce was signed, are any of those available?

      Respectfully, Truman Fields

    2. @Truman Fields….The only Garands that were ever converted to .308/7.62 x 51mm- NATO were the ones designated to be used in PALMA National Match Shooting. You can always tell because they literally have “National Match” stamped on the receiver block behind the rear peep. By the way, due to their head spacing, these rifles cannot be used to fire modern .308 Winchester Ammunition. Which pretty much makes them useless for anything beyond staring at and punching very expensive holes in paper targets… They have to be special loaded with NATO brass. Set to mil. specs with a military head space & crimp. They are truly a PITA to load for..Hornady, Lyman & RCBS will make you a special order die set if you send them a fired case from the rifle and a check for $150.00…I have one that I purchased back in 1987. It’s a Safe Queen these days……It cost $1800 THEN. I haven’t checked the book in awhile to see what they are valued at these days but it’s somewhere around the price of a new car…..Occasionally you see these pop up at estate auctions of dead PALMA Shooters. I ran across one in an antique store in southern Colorado a few years back…

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