Just bought a CMP M1


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igotta40
March 19, 2013, 01:33 PM
I took a detour and drove to the Anniston store from Houston enroute to Florida. I'm glad I did. Rifles ready to sell, ready to shoot, there were maybe 16 or 18 available, Service Special HR and CMP Special Springfield. I arrived around lunchtime Saturday expecting a line out the door but the store was almost empty. Sandy said there's usually a line Wednesday morning when they open though. I bought a CMP Special.

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musicman10_1
March 19, 2013, 02:16 PM
Congratulations! Enjoy the rifle - it looks very nice.

Warp
March 19, 2013, 02:26 PM
Nice!

Ammo too?

TenDriver
March 19, 2013, 02:30 PM
Very nice SA!

Fishbed77
March 19, 2013, 03:10 PM
Looks just like my CMP Springfield. Those CMP black walnut stocks are gorgeous.

igotta40
March 19, 2013, 05:14 PM
I also bought a bayonet and some clips, and a case of M2 Ball to shoot.

Can't be more pleased with the sale, process, and customer service in terms of advice and helpfulness. Sandy took time to field strip the rifle at her counter, while explaining the steps involved, and verified all parts are from Springfield, and not a mixed batch. (except the barrell, which is new)

I thought about the historic aspect of the original wood stock on the Service Specials but couldn't pass on the new walnut. I'll be looking for ideas and comments on finishing the wood. It was suggested I rub it with boiled linseed oil.

Fishbed77
March 19, 2013, 06:33 PM
I thought about the historic aspect of the original wood stock on the Service Specials but couldn't pass on the new walnut. I'll be looking for ideas and comments on finishing the wood. It was suggested I rub it with boiled linseed oil.

There are plenty of great threads on the CMP Garand forum about oiling the stocks. Boiled linseed oil (BLO) is common, as is pure tung oil (PTO). The CMP stocks come pretty dry, so they do need some oiling.

I went with pure tung oil, as it provides a more weather-resistant finish than BLO and was more accurate to my late-war Garand. Real Milk Company sells some great 100% pure tung oil. Don't buy the junk from Lowe's.

http://www.realmilkpaint.com/oil.html

Here are photos of my rifle after 5 coats of PTO:

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff427/Fishbed77/DSC_0122.jpg

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff427/Fishbed77/DSC_0120-1.jpg

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff427/Fishbed77/DSC_0125.jpg

freewheeling
March 19, 2013, 07:11 PM
Carried one of those for 4 years in military school. Had to strip it and clean it about 6 times a week for white glove inspection. Watch your thumb!

mjkten
March 19, 2013, 09:01 PM
Wow, really nice. I hope I can get one before they're all gone.

Big Al Mass
March 19, 2013, 09:38 PM
Great looking rifle you have there igotta40. Just one thing that is bugging me that I have seen countless times. The sling is installed incorrectly. The hook-end of the short strap with the ring on it goes into the butt swivel and the plain end of the long strap goes through the forward swivel. Here are some instructions:

For attaching: http://www.rollanet.org/~stacyw/us_1907_sling1.htm

and,

For use as a shooting aid: http://www.rollanet.org/~stacyw/us_1907_sling2.htm

igotta40
March 21, 2013, 02:51 PM
Thanks Anni, I have since installed the sling correctly, but it's on another rifle, the one Dad had since 1953...

soloban
March 21, 2013, 07:12 PM
Bravo! M1 is one of my favorites in the safe. +1 on the thumb comment, you only make that mistake once.

PFCLEE11B
March 21, 2013, 07:19 PM
What was there stock like on other rifles as well as the m1

baz
March 21, 2013, 07:31 PM
Can someone describe to me the process for checking on or tracking an order sent by mail? Will they notify me that the order has been received, and if so, how? I'm not particularly impatient about it, I'm just wanting to understand the process. I mailed my order Monday, and the order was delivered Wednesday (yesterday). If I knew nothing at all, I'd wait another week or so to see if I hear from them, and if not I'd contact them to see if they "received" the order. Once I know the order has been received, and is in the queue, I'll forget all about it until it shows up on my doorstep (though I'd hope to be forwarned so as to be home to sign for it!).

TIA.

1KPerDay
March 21, 2013, 07:36 PM
Can someone describe to me the process for checking on or tracking an order sent by mail? Will they notify me that the order has been received, and if so, how? I'm not particularly impatient about it, I'm just wanting to understand the process. I mailed my order Monday, and the order was delivered Wednesday (yesterday). If I knew nothing at all, I'd wait another week or so to see if I hear from them, and if not I'd contact them to see if they "received" the order. Once I know the order has been received, and is in the queue, I'll forget all about it until it shows up on my doorstep (though I'd hope to be forwarned so as to be home to sign for it!).

TIA.
They'll send you a "don't bother us" email when they put your order in the queue.

You can see updates in the e-store under your account. Though IME they update it about the day you get your rifle. :)

They'll send you another email when your order ships.

SaxonPig
March 21, 2013, 08:03 PM
Looks great. I remain the only one who ever got an ugly rifle from the CMP.

cfullgraf
March 21, 2013, 08:27 PM
Looks great. I remain the only one who ever got an ugly rifle from the CMP.

I bought a couple of field grades that were dogs until I replaced the stocks. Now they look great. They shoot better than I can.

Wonderful winter projects.

USSR
March 21, 2013, 08:41 PM
Looks great. I remain the only one who ever got an ugly rifle from the CMP.

Saxon,

You ordered the lowest grade M1, and he order the highest grade and paid nearly twice as much as you did. It DO make a difference.

Don

NeuseRvrRat
March 21, 2013, 09:22 PM
i sent my paperwork off for a SA service grade back in january. it shipped today and is scheduled for delivery tomorrow. :D

SaxonPig
March 22, 2013, 12:04 AM
Wasn't the lowest grade.

tahoe2
March 22, 2013, 12:30 AM
congrats ! always wanted one, your's looks Great !!

igotta40
March 22, 2013, 12:05 PM
Thanks for the comments and compliments.

"What was there stock like on other rifles as well as the m1"

Quite honestly, the racks were pretty bare at the South Store. Lots of expensive sniper and parade rifles (non shooting) available, and a rack of Kimber .22 caliber target rifles, but NO Field or Service Grade on hand.

Sandy told me they will not be restocked.

All they had for sale were $950.00 Service Special, maybe 5 on the rack, and $995.00 CMP Special (my selection) they had maybe 9 or 10 on the rack to choose from.

For the extra $45 it seemed silly to not want the new wood and barrell.

a-sheepdog
March 23, 2013, 12:13 PM
Very nice, I think that the special version is the way to go unless you are a collector, basically a "new" rifle with a great history.

Farnorthdan
March 23, 2013, 04:51 PM
Sweet rifle, very jealous, sure wish I lived in the lower 48 so I could stop by one of their stores and pick up a beauty like that one. I have a springfield thats a great shooter but man is the wood hammered, gets the job done I guess.

NeuseRvrRat
March 23, 2013, 05:30 PM
i got fedex to hold my SA service grade since i wouldn't be home to sign for it. picked it up yesterday. ended up with serial # 88729. new CMP wood. 1+ on the muzzle and 1 on the throat. i'm very happy. haven't got to shoot it yet, but i loaded up 50 rounds to try today.

a little googling tells me this is a Nov 1940 serial number. is that correct?

Reloadron
March 23, 2013, 07:12 PM
Oct 1940 ended with 78306
Nov 1940 ended with 90177

So it would look to be a November 1940 manufacture receiver. That based on the serial number you posted. Heck, just shoot it and enjoy it. :)

Ron

NeuseRvrRat
March 23, 2013, 07:50 PM
Thanks. That's what I found as well, but I didn't know how reliable my source was. Thanks for confirming. I don't plan to do anything except rub the wood with tung oil and shoot it. Kinda would've preferred GI wood, but it's still a very cool rifle.

Reloadron
March 23, 2013, 09:49 PM
Shoot it and enjoy it. The aftermarket wood is just fine. Tong or boiled linseed oil will do fine. I also like and use Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil.

Ron

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