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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-24-2014, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Civilian Marksmanship Program

So I just love the nostalgia of the m1 Garands, and really would like to add one to my collection of guns. I'm not looking for a hardcore collectors piece, but instead a well functioning rifle from the era.

My question is where is the best place to buy one? CMP? A lot of stuff online refers back to them for purchase. Or should I look around and buy one from a shop or private seller? Any certain ones to stay away from?

I see they have different grades of rifles on CMP either service grade, field grade, special grade, etc... I have a cap of $1000 to spend give or take a few hundred for the right gun. So far i'm thinking service grade because it's in my budget, but I would like to hear from guys who collect the M1 and are knowledgeable.
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My buddy and I are going out to "the north store" at camp perry this January. I would rather see what im buying in person and be able to find the exact one i like then do on line ordering. I think we should buy one soon rather than later i saw a bunch at the harrisburg gun show, all original except for a new barrel. The guy was asking $750 i dont know to much about this rifle so i figured i need to do A LOT of research before buying
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You have to belong to one of the CMP recognized clubs to purchase from them. The Garand Collectors Assoc is a route a lot of people take.
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GCA membership and a PA LTCF satisfy ALL the requirements of the CMP. I went to the Camp Perry store to buy a Garand and those two items had me good to go.
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If you can get to the store, thats the way to go.

They were super helpful, picked up a Garand an 03A3.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-26-2014, 02:21 PM
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or try gunbroker

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I guarantee you'll get better rifles for less money from CMP.
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I guarantee you'll get better rifles for less money from CMP.
This.

I have a correct grade and a field grade. The correct had some stock dimples from the Greek who banged his loaded clip on the stock to seat the cartridges. Probable only ever had a few practice rounds thru the barrel.

The field grade may be my favorite. It is SA-52 stamped on the receiver (lot of thoughts about that). When they were selling Garand barrels a few years ago, I bought one. It came packed in cosmoline and was manufactured in 1952. Perfect. What makes it all the better is that I was born in 1952.

Also have made some other purchases from CMP.

You cannot go wrong with CMP. Great history and great enjoyment cleaning them up.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-26-2014, 07:32 PM
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If you are an honorably discharged veteran you can purchase with a coy of your DD214. Go online and view their requirements. I got my Garand that way.

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I have 2 CMP M1 rifles; with the first one being a DCM rifle. The first one cost me about $110 + shipping and the second one was considerably more, but still reasonably priced. Both rifles are Service Grade and are wonderful pieces of history and terrifically accurate firearms. Even the tool marks on the metal are works of manufacturing art.

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