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hso
June 28, 2006, 05:48 PM
I called one of the gunshops I frequent about .22 ammo for my daughter (she of the purple .22 AR) and asked the standard, "What's new". Instead of the "Nuth'n" I expected I was told that there was a batch of Garands that had come in. I immediately perked up and inquired if they were from Springfield or Century or some batch of imports and was told, "Nope. Some estate we're consigning. Look pretty nice". No further information was available, but that didn't stop me from getting all excited like a puppy seeing it's favorite chew toy.

I bounced emails to a couple of friends that might be interested and fidgeted. It was all I could do to stay at work for the next couple of hours, but I was out the door like a shot at 1700. On the way I called another buddy of mine that doesn't have an M1 to get to the gunshop ASAP.

The guy I had called was already there when I walked in the door and he was holding what looked like a nearly mint M1 Garand. On the rack in front of him was 3 more and an M14SA Fed Ord. Oh frabjous day! There were 3 SA Korean War vintage Garands and 1 H&R along with a WWII SA Garand. The Korean vintage Garands looked perfect and had what only looked like handling dings. The metal was perfect. The bores were perfect. The cartouches were perfect. The DCM "flying chicken" was clear on them. There didn't appear to be any rebuild markings at all. The WWII SA looked pretty good for an old warhorse also. Good golly! What to do? I grabbed my phone and called one of the guys I had emailed and when he answered I simply said, "There's 4 minty Garands here and you better get here now!".

To cut the story short they were all Collector grade or nearly so. They were a fraction of what I would expect to pay. My buddy that was waiting on me got the H&R M1 Garand and the Fed Ord m14SA. AND, CMP South can reissue data sheets based on the serial number!

I've got a great WWII SA M1 Garand so the only thing that would have made me jump on one of the minty goodness rifles is if it had the Winchester on it, but boy was it a joy to wallow in them while they were all there to fondle.

BTW, they all sold in less than 24 hrs.

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nadeem
June 28, 2006, 05:52 PM
i wish i could have a gerand

Mac Attack
June 28, 2006, 06:12 PM
Damn! Congrats!

pdowg881
June 28, 2006, 06:13 PM
Wish that would happen around here

carterbeauford
June 28, 2006, 06:17 PM
I more or less worship the M1 Garand.

RNB65
June 28, 2006, 06:20 PM
Just out of curiousity, what would a mid 40's manufactured, never been fired, still packed in the original cosmoline Garand be worth?

eagle45
June 28, 2006, 10:29 PM
Congrats!

Pics?

hso
June 28, 2006, 10:30 PM
RNB65,

I hope you're kidding. If you've got a treasure like that you need to call PeeWee at CMP North and talk to him. I've seen WWII Collector grade guns in the paper and cosmo sell for better than $5k(possibly $10k).

Get some pictures for us.

Is it a Springfield or Winchester?

The garandcollectors can tell you what it's worth.

Mortech
June 28, 2006, 10:48 PM
I know you just told us this to make us cry :cuss: I miss my granddad's Garand

hso
June 28, 2006, 10:50 PM
Mortech,

That's what PeeWee said.

RNB65
June 28, 2006, 11:01 PM
Unfortunately, I don't have it. In what has to be one of the dumbest decisions I've ever made, I turned it down. :banghead: Let me explain...

A buddy of mine has a retired Army Colonel for a father-in-law. Over his years in the Army he put together quite an impressive personal collection of firearms.

A few years ago he decided to sell everything except the handful of guns that he still shoots. I got first crack at it. I'm not much of a mil-surp guy and the only thing on the list that really interested me was the Garand. My buddy checked with his father-in-law who said it was a never issued, still packed in the original cosmoline Garand that he picked up in the early 60's. He wasn't exactly sure what year it was made, but he thinks it was mid/late 40's.

He said he's sell it to me for $800. Unfortunately, I didn't have 800 big ones laying around at the time, so I passed on it. Dumb, dumb, dumb... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

:(

hso
June 29, 2006, 08:16 AM
never issued, still packed in the original cosmoline...He said he's sell it to me for $800. Unfortunately, I didn't have 800 big ones laying around at the time, so I passed on it

Where's the crying "smilie" when you need it.

Lupinus
June 29, 2006, 10:20 AM
how long would it have taken to sell a kidney?

Shoulda asked if he would hold it that long :neener:

RNB65
June 29, 2006, 10:46 AM
A couple of weeks later I change my mind and decided to buy it. But, alas, he had already sold it. Dumb, dumb, dumb...

hso
June 29, 2006, 11:02 AM
I'd be reduced to this - http://www.clipartxp.com/Cartoons/crying_baby.jpg

HankB
June 29, 2006, 11:55 AM
a never issued, still packed in the original cosmoline Garand that he picked up in the early 60's. He wasn't exactly sure what year it was made, but he thinks it was mid/late 40's. He said he's sell it to me for $800.I believe the CMP auctioned off some "NIW" Greek returns within the last year for somewhere around $10k each . . .

But then you'd have to deal with cleaning all that cosmoline off . . . ick, you wouldn't want to go through that, just as well you passed on the deal.

Feel better now?

:neener:

ball3006
June 29, 2006, 12:00 PM
If that happened around here, the price would be triple what the CMP charges, if that low. Now that the CMP has lifted the restriction on how many you can buy, the gun shows have been swamped with CMP Garands at exorbent prices........chris3

arthurcw
June 29, 2006, 02:29 PM
You know that old joke that goes, "I wish I had that [OBJECT OF GREAT DESIRE AND ENVY] and he had a feather up his ***. Then we'd both be tickled to death."

I think that applies here.

Powderman
June 29, 2006, 02:37 PM
Did anyone hear that not too long ago, CMP South found a quantity of original, UNFIRED, UNISSUED Garands, WWII vintage?

Don't know how much they went for, though...

hso
June 29, 2006, 02:56 PM
They seem to have Korean War vintage guns that have been on their auction site (this is where the $1k/$2k/$10k numbers are coming from).

This item is closed.
Current price: $22,505.00 (Reserve met)
Starting bid: $3,000.00
Quantity: 1
# of bids: 247 bid history
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: CMP South
Started: 6/17/2005 3:55:08 PM
Ends: 7/3/2005 6:00:00 PM
Seller: CMPAuction (6)
View seller's other items
http://auction.odcmp.com/auctions/detail.asp?id=55
http://www.odcmp.com/auction/newinwraprifle/index.htm

This item is closed.
Current price: $24,005.00 (Reserve met)
Starting bid: $3,000.00
Quantity: 1
# of bids: 137 bid history
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: CMP SOUTH
Started: 11/21/2005 9:17:43 AM
Ends: 12/4/2005 6:00:00 PM
Seller: CMPAuction (6)
View seller's other items
http://auction.odcmp.com/auctions/detail.asp?id=129

RNB65
June 29, 2006, 03:31 PM
This item is closed.
Current price: $22,505.00 (Reserve met)
Starting bid: $3,000.00


Anybody got a rope? I'm hanging myself later today...

I never actually saw the Garand in question. I was told that it was an unissued Garand still in it's original box (don't know who manufacturer was).

Oh, well, I suppose I should have bough Microsoft stock back around 1980 also. I missed that chance too... :)

hso
June 29, 2006, 03:55 PM
Don't be too depressed.

Those prices were for pairs of guns.

Heck, that only makes each one worth 10 or 11 thousand dollars.:what:

Note: we still need that sqwaling like a baby smilie.http://www.gosmiley.com/frowning/weinender_smili.gif

espanola
June 29, 2006, 03:56 PM
hso, I need to be on your e-mail or phone list of people to call when they find minty Garands! Hope your friends enjoy 'em!

hso
June 29, 2006, 04:00 PM
A buddy of mine's old college room-mate is sitting on a full crate of Springfield 03A3s still in the issue wrapping paper. :eek:

Did I mention that they're consecutive serial numbers? now where is that fainting smiley

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