Which CMP Garand to purchase


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A45acp1911
August 30, 2004, 08:48 PM
Hello all:

Which service grade CMP garand would you recommend purchasing? Do I have a better chance of obtaining a better condition garand if I were to order a more expensive USGI issue rifle, or is the cost related to collectability or some other such factor rather than condition?

Thanks for the information,
Philip J. Hoffmann

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CZ 75 BD
August 30, 2004, 08:52 PM
I ordered the HRA SG. It was a 4 month wait, but I got a 1953 rifle in excellent condition. Probably fired in training if at all. A real gem, IMO.

No4Mk1
August 30, 2004, 09:25 PM
If you want a shooter to keep in original condition, then a service grade is probably the way to go. If, on the other hand, you want something as the base for a restoration project, then you might save some $$'s by buying rack grade and then restoring from there. If you want a real collector, then as CZ 75 BD suggests you might want to wait it out for one. That's my three cents (adjusted for inflation....);)

A45acp1911
August 30, 2004, 10:38 PM
Thanks for the replies. I'm planning to keep the rifle "stock," so to speak. I'll place my order for the HRA SG garand, in accordance with your suggestions.

Thanks again,
Philip J. Hoffmann

StephenT
August 31, 2004, 12:06 AM
A45ACP, also look at the Spingfield service grades from the CMP. I received a rifle in excellent condition only two weeks after mailing in the order. The waiting period is supposedly longer for the H&R, about three months or so. Just ask the CMP to send you an M-1 with a high serial number if possible and in nice condition. I don't need to change anything on mine.

HankB
August 31, 2004, 09:02 AM
My experience is much like StephenT's . . . earlier this month, I ordered a SG SA from CMP. Two weeks to the day after I sent in my paperwork, I received a very nice rifle. I politely asked for a high SN rifle with decent bore and a stock that wasn't TOO badly beat up, and that's what I got. :D

A45acp1911
September 1, 2004, 04:56 PM
Alright, in view of the further responses I received, I ordered a SG SA Garand, with a humble request (inasmuch as it was possible) for a high serial number, and bore and stock in as good condition as possible. Time will tell.

I'm sure I'll be happy in any case.

Next time, maybe I'll be able to order the HRA.

Thanks for all the advice.
Philip J. Hoffmann

HankB
September 1, 2004, 09:13 PM
And by all means, once it arrives . . . tell the rest of us what you got!

Enquiring minds want to know . . . ;)

A45acp1911
September 1, 2004, 10:33 PM
I definitely will do so.

I'm really looking forward to seeing with what I end up.

Philip J. Hoffmann

WhoKnowsWho
September 2, 2004, 04:16 AM
with a humble request (inasmuch as it was possible) for a high serial number, and bore and stock in as good condition as possible

I am thinking of doing the same thing. The only thing is it might not have seen battle time... so I will feel obligated to get another one later! :D

NEtracker
September 3, 2004, 09:19 AM
You may find that you can't stop at just one. Rule of Threes! (3 rifles to use the stacking swivel).
I have six CMP rifles, 3 are Garands. SG HRA, SG SA Dane VAR, RG WRA.
The SA & WRA are both WWII era.
Good luck on your purchase.:cool:

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