Anyone ordering a 1917 Enfield from CMP?


September 3, 2008, 05:50 PM
I was planning to but money ran short (mostly because I bought a CMP garand and a carbine this year).

I do think the Enfield is beautiful, though... looks like all of them will probably have to be rebarrelled. Seems like 500 bucks for a rifle with a bad barrel is pretty steep by CMP standards. Maybe it's me.

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Rio Laxas
September 3, 2008, 06:02 PM
That price awfully high for the described condition. I'd probably order another garand before one of them.

September 3, 2008, 06:05 PM
Wonder where in the heck they dug those up from?


September 3, 2008, 06:43 PM
There have been rumors that some American Legion posts and VFW posts are losing their assigned bolt guns because most all of the honor guards at military funerals prefer the M-1's. These Springfields and Enfields would be turned in to CMP. I looked at some of these grand old rifles a couple years ago at a small VFW/American Legion post and they had been neglected for quite a while. Just rumor mongering!!!!!

September 3, 2008, 06:53 PM
I bought a M1917 Enfield about ten years ago. It came covered in 80 years worth of Cosmoline. It took me and a buddy five hours to clean it but it was worth it. I spent 300 bucs for it.
It shoots great and looks wonderful. A real piece of History. :what:

September 3, 2008, 08:31 PM
I was tempted but I passed.

September 3, 2008, 08:31 PM
VFW, American Legion, and other veteran orginaztions have been steadly turning in Goverment issue rifles for the last few years or so.

Old 1903s, 1917s, and M1 Garands are pretty heavy for 60-80 year old vets, many with service conected injuries, to carry in parades, ceromonies, or funerals. Plus newer organizations don't want to mess with the paperwork or regs to aquire old service rifles from the gov.

My local VFW Post had a fire that destroyed the post and the M1s stored there. Instead of applying for replacements we bought seven Mini-14s and treaded the barrels for an unobtrusive blank adaptor. They are much lighter for the old timers, while still having a old style military look. A big plus is getting 5.56 blanks from the local National Guard for free.

September 3, 2008, 10:53 PM
I just bought a beautiful 1917 winchester a few months ago for $250+tax. $500 for an old beater seems steep.


September 4, 2008, 12:28 AM
$250 is theft

M1917s average $600-700 last i checked

September 4, 2008, 01:02 PM
I bought a good shooter from a private party a few years ago for $400.


September 4, 2008, 01:49 PM
CMP just has to make as much money as they can since the weapons given to them are running short. One day, there will be nothing left they can sell since the military quit using semi-auto only back in the '60's (in mass production)
After hanging out on the CMP forums a while back, I came to the conclusion that there is a large number of collectors out there that would buy a CMP sack of potatos for $350 if it was offered up. As long as they have the dedicated collectors, they can ask what they want.

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