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Want to buy a Garand in Louisville, but where? CMP or 3rd party?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Spark, Jun 8, 2003.

  1. Spark

    Spark Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I've been wanting a Garand for a while. Let's face it, as gun owners, more than a few of us probably want some sort of palatable "connection" to our history, and I'm no differant than the next guy. Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan & all the other WWII movies only served to turn the desire from a vague craving to a full blown gnawing need for a piece of history - in 30-06 of course.

    So, the question is, where should I buy one?

    I'd love to get a CMP model, but according to ODCMP.com, the closest CMP club is the Kentucky State Rifle and Pistol Association. ( http://www.kysrpa.org/ )
    Honestly and truly, I don't want to go through a Garand clinic & hipower match & whatnot - I did my time in the military, I'd prefer not to experience the "joys" of "ready on the left/right/center; firer's watch your lane" again.

    Not to mention that even if I did, I just happened to miss the last one as it was last weekend. Next one is October, near as I can figure.

    So, unless I want to jump through all the hoops, I might be better off buying a Garand through a third party supplier. The question is, where? I'm looking for basicly a brand new, stock Garand - something that's as close to new as possible, without paying through the nose to boot. Granted, I know a CMP Garand wouldn't be "new" by any means, but it'd be worth it for the "historic" value.

    Anyone care to point me in the right direction?
  2. hps1

    hps1 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    "I did my time in the military, I'd prefer not to experience the "joys" of "ready on the left/right/center; firer's watch your lane" again."

    Check out paragraph 4 @ following link:

    If I am not mistaken, DCM accepts proof of military service, law enforcement or certified instructors/coaches in lieu of shooting in a CMP match.

    This would certainly be most economical way one can obtain an authentic GI M1. Good luck.

  3. echo3mike

    echo3mike Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Some tranisitional phase my therapist keeps talkin
    The non-CMP routes include online third partys like Guns America or Scott Duff Firearms. On the other hand, club affiliation can be as simple as joining your state rifle & pistol assoc or an online group like The Garand Collectors Assoc.. Then again, you can always get lucky at a gun show or store.

    SA has reintroduced the M1 to their line of rifles, IIRC... pricey but if you're looking for a "NIB" M1 it's the only surefire route.

  4. Swampy

    Swampy Active Member

    Apr 1, 2003
    SouthWest MO

    Join your KY Rifle Assoc or the Garand Collectors Assoc ($20 per annum). Both are CMP affiliates.

    Your military service negates the need to shoot a qualifier match.

    Can't beat the CMP for good Garands at decent prices.

    Best regards,

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