One of my earlier blog entries (around Jan. 29, I believe) was on the subject of my M1 Garand. A wonderful rifle, my M1 was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for a little more than $600. At a retail shop, this same Garand in this condition would have a price close to or even over $1,000.
Gunsamerica had a great blog post in the CMP, Garands, and how these guns will not be around forever. If you have ever wanted to own one, now is the time to get it done. Wait even 6 – 8 months and you may not be able to take advantage of the CMP’s great program for getting Garands to the public. Here’s a link to the article:
There are many ways to fulfill the CMP’s requirements. For example, I fulfilled mine by having a C&R FFL license (available to just about anyone for $30 for 3 years) and by joining the Illinois State Rifle Association online. Not much effort, and the C&R pays for itself in discounts through major distributors such as Graf & Sons and Brownells.
Here’s a link to the CMP’s M1 Garand sales page. Don’t wait, click on it now and put the wheels in motion. You will NOT regret owning a genuine M1!