The CMP Starts Release of 100,000 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.

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.

M1 Garand
M1 Garand

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.

.30-06 Springfield Ammo in Clips

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.

M1 Garands have always been a favorite, do you own or plan to buy a Garand? Will you get it to collect or compete? Share your answers in the comment section.

The Mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog, The Shooter's Log, is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (69)

  1. Decades ago I competed in the National Matches with my M-1 Garand. Most of the “top” competitors used M-14s. I wished I could afford an M-14 …

    The next year I got squadded with a member of the Illinois State Team. We had a lot of time to talk. I expressed my wish for an M-14 like his. He told me he wished he could fire an M-1, so I asked “why don’t you?” He informed me that everyone on a team must fire the same model rifle …

    I asked him “what’s wrong with an M-14″ and he told me the gas system is suspect … ” every so often the M-14 will jam … the M-1 will never do that.”

    So YES FOLKS, buy that CMP M-1 Garand! You will never be limited by your rifle. Your only limits will be your ammo and your skills.

  2. Eagerly waiting on my ordered M1 to arrive. Would most assuredly like to be notified when the 1911s are to be distributed

  3. Recieved my M1 from CMP after a 6 weeks wait. For $750 for a “Service Grade” M1 with a muzzle and bore rating of 1+, you can’t beat there price!! Almost brand new!! Granted not matching #s but who cares if your going to shoot it. The receiver on mine is a Springfield and it looks like it has never been fired with the exception of CMP’s test firing. The barrel is a 53 issue. I was totally and surprisingly impressed of my purchase!! Not everyone is lucky but I took a chance on “Luck of the Draw” and recieved a nice one. It’s worth a chance for thier price!

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Shot the m14 when in the army never got to shoot the m1 yes would like to be informed when available thank you

  10. I would love to get a hold of one of the M1 Grands and when they 1911’s come available I’d like to get ahold of one of those two I’m a collector.

  11. This is one of my favorite guns ever ! Both of grandfathers were in WWII and talked about the M1 and I have always wanted to own one. Please keep us up to date.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

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

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

  17. 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

  18. I would love to have one. When my grandfather died I was supposed to be given his. He lived that rifle. He used one just like it during his war service days. It’s what he learned to shoot with in the army and I learned on the M1 of his. The second was a Thompson Sub 45. (Typewriter) both were beautiful. However coming home from the nursing home the day he was released someone broke into his house and took all of his guns. Serial numbers were reported to the police. He died a few weeks later they have never been found.

  19. Would love to have one of the M1-Garands. Would love a standard issue government issued 1911 even more. What’s the cost on these each?

  20. Please let me know what is necessary to obtain one of these M-1 rifles. I would love to own one.

    1. Go to That is the program responsible for the refurbing & sales of these military arms. You’d be actually purchasing your rifle from the US Army through the CMP.

  21. I have three mil-spec Garands. One each from SA, WRA and IHC. Just need a H&R to round out the collection. Definitely fun to shoot.

  22. I don’t have an M1 but would like a fully functioning one. I’m a retired AF officer and glad to jump a hoop to obtain. Let me know what you need.

  23. With 100k rifles becoming available and another 80k potentially coming from Korea why are the prices so high for these rifles. I would love to own one but not at some of the prices I have seen recently.


  25. I own a (D)CMP M1, Service Grade. Got it in 1989….for $109.00! It’s in great shape. Up untl 4 years ago I hardly took it to the range. I love my rifle. I thoroughly disassemble & clean the weapon while watching WWII movies on TCM.

  26. I would love one of these M1’s. I have one of the M1 Garand Marine Corps Association limited editions. Only 300 were issued. It is beautiful but never been fired. I would love one I could take tonthe rifle range and use for target shooting. The 1911 would be awesome too.

  27. Fantastic news. I love the prospect of being able to get an M1 Garand. My Grandfather was in the Battle of Normandy and was wounded and recieved the Purple heart. He was buried in 94 in the Veterans Cemetary. A Garand is whay he carried. I will probably try to get one. The only problem is the CMP doesn’t give you any photos or anything. Just luck of the draw and it is currently three week till shipment. Great chance at history but if I am throwing down around 8 or 900 dollars I want to know exactly what I am getting. Because these guns were not cared for, they were surplus dust collector for decades, many are beat to hell.

    1. Regardless of their condition when returned, the US inspects, repairs or replaces worn broken parts such that the condition when sold is very good. I’m sure each weapon is test fired then graded. Mine was graded as “Service Grade” or similar. Please check out CMP’s website where they explain they explain their procedure. I was quite pleased with my rifle. Cheers!

    1. You can only get the CMP guns directly from the CMP website. Google it. Civilian Marksmanship Program.

  28. I bought my International Harvester M1 Garand through the CMP in the early 1980’s for $185. What a great rifle.

  29. One of the most accurate and sexiest guns ever made in America. If I owned one would be the top gun of my collection. Available in birch wood and American walnut stocks I prefer the later. They are the Cadillac of rifles.

  30. While I would love to have one of the M-1s, what I really want is a 1911 like the one I carried in Vietnam. Both would be for shooting, not just show. Unfortunately, due to disability (100%) from Vietnam, shooting holes in targets is limited to simple recreation rather than competition.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your discussions, feedback and comments are welcome here as long as they are relevant and insightful. Please be respectful of others. We reserve the right to edit as appropriate, delete profane, harassing, abusive and spam comments or posts, and block repeat offenders. All comments are held for moderation and will appear after approval.