Hey guys, i need a huge favor. (theres some Ridgecrest, CA members here right?)


August 27, 2006, 03:01 PM
Hey everyone!

I realize I haven't posted in a while, I've been in the big sandbox. I don't mean it to seem like i'm jumping on here just to ask a favor, this is honestly the first chance i've had to post.

Anyways, my grandmother has fallen ill, and i seriously doubt she has much longer. In addition, i firmly believe that my grandfather is only living because he takes care of her. He also hasn't taken care of himself over the years.

My grandfather is a helluva guy, you guys would love him. he really got me into shooting, and he's been a helluva grandfather to me, even though he's not my real grandfather. I love the guy a bunch.

Whenever we shoot, I hear him reminisce about the Garand he used when he was in the military. He extolls its virtues (with good reason) constantly. He however cannot afford one.

Being that I'm in iraq and making good money... I want to give him the rifle that he's lusted after since he left the marines in the 60s.

What I need, since i'm in iraq, is for someone to explain how i can do this legally, and also help finding a rifle.

As for the first part, i BELIEVE that as long as it gets transfered to a shop and he picks it up (and goes thru the b/g check and the Kali 10 day wait) I can pay for it. I think i'll be within the law, as I'm not buying the gun then handing it to someone else.

Also, I need to locate a rifle. I have a C&R license, although it ain't here with me, so i'll probably need to go with a private seller or thru a shop somewheres. The gun would also need to be sent to a shop near him (Ridgecrest, CA) so he can do the paperwork and pick 'er up.

I really want to give gramps the rifle he's lusted after, but i don't want to run afowl of the law. If anyone has any advice on how i can gift him an M1 while here in Iraq, i'd appreciate it.

Thanks a bunch guys,


P.S. The sandbox sucks, but i'm survivin.

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August 27, 2006, 03:08 PM
Thanks for serving our country and keeping all of us safe to sleep peacefully at night.

God bless you for loving your grandparents so! It's what makes us Americans. So many people around the world misbelieve that we are a cold-hearted and money-hungry people. Not so.

I can't help on either count re: the firearm, but I did want to say, you're alright! I hope that when I get to your grandfather's age I too have a grandson like you!

Be safe and God-speed,


August 27, 2006, 03:27 PM

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August 27, 2006, 04:02 PM
replied :-D

August 27, 2006, 05:00 PM
can anyone comment on the legality of me gifting him a rifle like i wanna do?

August 27, 2006, 05:12 PM
It is legal...as a gift.

Go through the CMP, order it up, advise of your military status, and arrange for the local shop to receive it.

August 27, 2006, 05:20 PM
excellent idea.

I got somethin worked out maybe with a guy on this board, but if that falls thru i'll do CMP.

Service grade should shoot pretty well, huh?

August 27, 2006, 05:55 PM
If I was near there I would be happy to help you out.....but Im not. :(

But this post does need a picture of an M1 and that I can do.....heres to your grandpa.


August 27, 2006, 06:26 PM
I got somethin worked out maybe with a guy on this board, but if that falls thru i'll do CMP

Ohfercryinoutloud, Fitz- if it's easier to go through the CMP, go for it! I'll do my bit either way.;)

August 27, 2006, 06:49 PM
Fitz, I just did the CMP thing. Its not really difficult but there is a bit of paperwork (about 4 pages) and it needs notarized. You also need to send a copy of your birth certificate, some proof of profeciency (your military info) and belong to some affiliated club (again your military info will work).

Problem may be the notary and birth certificate, not a biggie when your in the states but over there....might be a problem.

Then you send a check and wait about 1 month......viola' Garand.

August 27, 2006, 07:24 PM
Even better,why don't you just send him the money and have him let his favorite gun shop order him one???

Or find one yourself on Gunbroker,and have him pick it up "for" you?

August 27, 2006, 11:49 PM
In California, a 50 year old or older longgun can be transferred between CA residents without FFL intervention or any paperwork - literally just hand it over.
I live about a three hour drive from Ridgecrest, if I lived within an hour I would sell you the CMP field grade I just got for exactly what I paid and hand it to him.
(My father always wanted a CMP M1 and died last year having never gotten one. I got one "for him" so to speak with a small part of my inheritance.)
I can always get another one relatively quickly.

Maybe someone who lives closer might do the same.

If you happen to find one for sale in the Ridgecrest area, you could pay for it and have him either do the pickup at a shop (with all the attendant paperwork and wait) or directly from a private party.

Good luck.

PS If you aren't successful by late Ocotber, I might be chukar hunting near enough to Ridgecrest that the above offer stands.

August 28, 2006, 08:34 AM
Hmm... wheeelp i guess the CMP thing is probably my best option then.

I can get a notary from legal next time i'm on a real base. (I'm on a 30 man outpost in the middle of nowhere)


This is gonna be so cool! Hell, maybe i'll pick up one for myself while I'm at it.


Guy B. Meredith
August 28, 2006, 10:40 AM
The CMP is great, but they are running out of Service Grade and the wait can be long.

Damn, I wish I had something to offer. I know how I'd feel. Lost both my parents not long after coming home from AF service in 1970.

50 Shooter
August 28, 2006, 10:57 AM
You can try High Desert Storm Sporting Arms in Palmdale, it's about an hour and a half drive from Ridgecrest but they might have an M1.


There's also The Guns Shop in Lancaster. (661)942-8377.

Then there's also google, http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=&rls=GWYA,GWYA:2006-32,GWYA:en&q=gun+stores&near=Ridgecrest,+CA&sa=X&oi=local&ct=title

August 28, 2006, 11:58 AM
Try http://www.guns4us.com/

How do you have internet in Iraq?

August 28, 2006, 12:38 PM
Any commissioned officer can act as a notary. At least when I was in...


August 28, 2006, 01:16 PM
How do you have internet in Iraq?

Sattelite, and it sucks too. Slowr N hell.

I'm gonna get the order forms and paperwork ready, and next time i'm near the legal office on Tallil I'll get it done.

Thanks guys!

I think i'm gonna get him a service grade garand, and a springfieild '03 for me.

Unfortunately, I fear he may only have a few good years of shooting it before it comes back to me :-( but while he's still around, he'll have a blast with it. I wish i could be there to see the look on his face when it arrives!

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