"CMP Special" M1 Garand


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ReadyontheRight
September 15, 2007, 03:34 AM
Did anyone here order one?

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Mojo-jo-jo
September 15, 2007, 03:38 AM
They don't accept orders on these until Sept. 17. I'm not considering a "special," but am considering a service grade. I'm more interested in history than beauty. That said, the Specials should be very nice, and are MUCH cheaper than some of the other builds like Fulton Armory.

ArchAngelCD
September 15, 2007, 04:39 AM
I'm thinking about buying one too. I won't spend a lot on it though because if I do buy one it will be shot in CMP matches and not kept in the safe. I don't think collecting is wrong, I just don't have the money to so it. If I were buying a second M1 I might consider the higher grade. The first is going to be shot and shot a lot!! LOL

geojap
September 15, 2007, 12:44 PM
I was really considering it but I bought a Tromix Saiga this week. I already have one M1 Garand, a Danish one that is very nice and shoots great groups. I'm a little worried about the future of magazine-fed semi-autos after the elections next year, so I wanted to jump on a nice Saiga now, and I got a great deal on this one.

I think those Special grade M1s will be very nice. I'd love to see some pics when someone gets theirs.

iamkris
September 15, 2007, 03:12 PM
Here's mine. I got it via FedEx on September 11 (I took special pride knowing my new rifle was delivered on the anniversary of 9-11). The top rifle in the pic is my CMP M1 that I got back in 2002...it is a 5-digit SA made in 1939. The lower pic is my "CMP Special"...it is a 2.5M SA made in Feb '44. I like the milled trigger guard.

The stock was pretty ratty but I swapped out a spare I had sitting around. The metal is in good shape with the exception of the clip release that has a bit of pitting on it.

Very happy with my pair of WWII babies.

http://i2.tinypic.com/52arn7t.jpg
http://i14.tinypic.com/6294kex.jpg
http://i2.tinypic.com/4oryfzn.jpg

CajunTim
September 15, 2007, 03:51 PM
So, how does one go about ordering one of these?

Lone_Gunman
September 15, 2007, 04:17 PM
Iamkris,

I am confused. The CMP special can't be ordered till Sept 17, and comes with a new stock. What is your rifle?

geojap
September 15, 2007, 06:46 PM
The only thing I can figure out as to why Iamkris has a Special Grade already is that he must have bought one of the few that were placed in the north and south CMP stores in the last few weeks to get feedback on the Special grade Garands. He must have had it shipped to him when he purchased it at the store. Other than that, I don't see how it is possible either. Honestly, the one on the top, not the bottom, looks like a Special grade. The stocks on these are supposed to be new CMP stocks, and the one on the bottom doesn't have a new stock. The bottom one doesn't look like how I pictured the Special Garands would look. It looks blued, and I thought they would be parkerized. The gas cylinder and barrel at the front doesn't look consistently finished, but it may just be the picture.

CajunTim, these are sold by the United States Civilian Marksmanship Program to US citizens that meet their qualifications, which aren't too terribly strenuous. Their website with all the information you will ever need is located at http://www.odcmp.com . The CMP is a first class organization without exception. I highly recommend them.

iamkris
September 15, 2007, 08:15 PM
My apologies...I read the OP too fast and substituted into my tiny little brain the current definition of "Special" with the "special run" of Garands that the CMP currently making (prior to releasing the newly processed shipment) is assembling from current parts kits.

For those that don't know, the new "Special" classification is

Limited run of 1,000 Garands available for sale beginning 17 Sept, 2007. This rifle consists of a new production stock and handguard set with CMP cartouche, a new production barrel and new leather sling. Receiver and most other parts are refinished USGI, but some parts may be new manufacture.

Really sorry about the confusion guys...

For what it is worth, I am really happy with my "special run" Garand, correct definition notwithstanding. Edit -- It's a service grade.

ReadyontheRight
September 15, 2007, 08:46 PM
So iamkris -- Which kind of Garand is yours? Was there a different kind of CMP "Special" in the past? Or is that a "Select" grade.

Both are great looking rifles, but that one on top is very, very nice.

Gotta love a nice Garand.

You know, of course, that you need to buy one more so you can make use of the stacking swivels.:evil:

Lone_Gunman
September 15, 2007, 08:51 PM
From the CMP website:

CMP SPECIAL: (Excellent)

CMP's new grade of M1 Garand. Limited run of 1,000 Garands available for sale beginning 17 Sept, 2007. This rifle consists of a new production stock and handguard set with CMP cartouche, a new production barrel and new leather sling. Receiver and most other parts are refinished USGI, but some parts may be new manufacture. 2007 Introductory Price is $895.00 plus S&H.

NOTE: Earlier in 2007 this grade was advertised as "CMP SELECT". Because the current rifle does not meet the same description of the "SELECT" grade we had several years ago, we have renamed it as "CMP SPECIAL".

hksw
September 15, 2007, 10:33 PM
I sent my order in by mail yesterday. I had thought that I had to mail it to the North Store (or the South Store if it was closer) which is only ~75 miles away from me. Figured if I mail it Friday, they would get it Monday the 17th and be one of the first on the list. After closely reading the instructions, the order has to go the processing center in Alabama, dang it all. I should have read the instructions more thoroughly and would have mailed it a couple days earlier. Now my order will be a day or two late. Hopefully, I'll still get in. (Already have a Danish M1.)

Onmilo
September 16, 2007, 01:27 AM
I kinda sorta have a special M1 in the works.

Several months back I ordered a couple of barrelled actions and went ahead and built them up.

As far as this aspect goes, you will get a barrelled action, refinished, with a very good to like new USGI barrel installed.
It probably won't match the receiver but on a bright note one of the barrels I received was dated 1966, as brand new and it was star guaged.
The other was a 1945 barrel in excellent++ condition.
Parts will be much better condition than you will receive on a standard CMP rifle.

On one rifle the stock set I had available to use was in pretty beat up shape so I ordered a CMP cartouched stock and handguard assembly to replace the beat up wood.

If any of you are familiar with Dupage Trading out of Chandler Arizona, the CMP stocks are similar to the ones Dupage offers.

Both are made by Boyd Gunstock but they are not as thick and chunky as the Boyd stock.
Mind you the stocks are still thick and chunky by GI standards and you will probably want to trim and refinish the stock as I am now in the process of doing to mine.

The CMP stocks are given a single light dipping in linseed oil, no stain and this is not enough in my opinion.

Will the 'special' rifle be worth the extra money?
I can almost guarantee it will be.

Sunray
September 16, 2007, 03:26 AM
"...how does one go about..." Start here.
http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Rifles/eligibility_requirements.htm

Father Knows Best
September 16, 2007, 01:18 PM
Sent my order in Friday via FedEx for Monday delivery. I already have a WWII Service Grade and a 1954 vintage Collector Grade (both Springfield Armory). The Special Grade will be my shooter.

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