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Show me your recent CMP purchases

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by offthepaper, Sep 1, 2009.

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  1. offthepaper

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    Getting a bit depressed waiting for the CMP to ship me my latest purchase, a SG Garand. Hoping for a beauty this time. The last time I tried to order a SG they became "out of stock" while my order was already submitted. They contacted me and gave me the option of accepting a FG instead, which I did. The FG arrived in less than great condition, but with a lot of TLC, she's a keeper. But I see and hear about some of the beautiful rifles (SG M1's) coming from CMP that I just sit and hope that my "luck of the draw" favors me this time.
    How about showing some CMP's in various grades that were aquired recently, just to hold me over.
     
  2. Storm

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    Here's part of a CMP purchase. My two compete Garands are nestled in the vault. This is a stock from a rack grade 1942 that I bought right before the CMP closed for their break. The guts, in amazingly good condition, went into a new CMP stock. This stock was really ratty, but with a good clean-up and a very, very light sanding, it looks much better than the photo shows. I've left most of the dings and dents but have brought out the grain underneath. It soaked up the oil like a sponge and I've lost count of how many coats are on there, followed by gun stock wax last night. While my new CMP stock is excellent looking, I actually prefer a stock like this that shows the history but has been cleaned up to bring out the grain of the wood. Next week I hope to return to the CMP for a woodless rack grade SA to fill this stock.

    BTW, towards the front of the stock you can see the indents resulting from the bullet tips being rammed home into the clip. To me those marks are priceless.

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  3. Orlando

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    Reason the recent Service Grade rifles look so nice lately is because for the most part they are coming with new commercial Boyds stocks.
    Personally I would rather have a beat up USGI stock and give it some TLC

    These arnet recent
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  4. 1KPerDay

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    Thanks, you should have seen it before! At first I thought it was a "throw-away". I've found you have to live with a stock for a while before you can really get an idea of what it could be, I usually start really eyeing a stock within a day or so and start the process.

    But doggone, you sure have some nice ones. I hope that the carbine that I'm going to pick up comes out as nice as yours.
     
  6. 1KPerDay

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    What did you do to your stock? I want to freshen up at least one of mine... the blue sky one is pretty rough.
     
  7. Storm

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    Hey 1K, I don't want to hijack this thread, so I'll post photos of my two complete Garands tomorrow (I never tire of looking at Garands) when I have some good light for photos.

    For now, as to what I did to the stock, I started out by lightly sanding it in my swimming pool using 400 grit and then grits through 800. I went more heavily with some 220 first to get the finish down to wood, but switched to the 400 once I was getting to any bare wood. There was only one stamp on the stock, a "2" under the "pistol grip" (which remains) so I wasn't too concerned. I also went very, very lightly around those bullet dings from clip loading. I found that with the stock so wet (soaked and in the water for a couple of hours) with water sanding the wood puckered just a bit and some light dents did go bye-bye, but very subtly. By the time that I got it to 800 grit (no GI stock ever saw 800, or even 400 grit) it was looking almost like a new CMP stock. I let it dry in the hot Georgia sun and some oils even seaped out of it. I then let the stock dry out competely and gave it a final cleaning with denatured alcohol and started oiling. I have found that using both Watco's Danish oil Finish and tung oil, alternating between the two, really works well. The Watco's makes for an incredibly durable finish, but tends to be a bit too dull. The tung oil has a nice sheen, but not too glossy. I'll do maybe three coats of Watco's and then a couple of tung oil, alternating back and forth for maybe 20 coats total. This wood really soaks it up. While the bare wood looked like a new stock, the oil really darkens it and brings out the wear marks darkening them, giving that used look that I love. I stop once I get to the point where I have reached the sheen that I want, sometimes with a last coat of tung, other times it's Watco's. By that time it doesn't really matter. Then, I top it off with a good coat(s) of Birchwood Casey gun stock wax, which does nothing to alter the finish underneath. It's completely nuetral.

    Water sanding seems to allow me to somewhat refine the appearance of a heavily used stock while not altering the evidence of use in any way that would approach defacing it. It's a fine balance that I think can be accomplished with a light hand and caution. If you saw this stock in person you might not suspect that it had been restored as much as it has.
     
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    You sanded it in your pool?? LOL :D

    Maybe I'll try that.
     
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    Here is my M1 Carbine, the hands belong to my grand daughter.
     

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    This has the Boyd's laminated stock.
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  11. CZguy

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    Here is my SA SG received in July.

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    I have pool sanded for many years, mostly with acrylic. It's jsut another version of wet sanding. It's very effective. You have to use wet/dry paper. The paper doesn't clog and a singel peice last a long time. Plus as it soaks with water it becomes much more pliable and is very friendly to contours. The dust just drifts right into the skimmer where my filter handles it.

    Below is my January 1944 Springfield Garand. This one went to Denmark after the war and along the way was re-barreled with a Springfield barrel stamped "50" I assume for 1950. Inside the front of the stock is a Danish information tag indicating that the rifle was used by the HTK, the Haerens Tekniske Korps (ArmyTechnical Corps). This was the first stock that I restored in the manner that I described above. This was a field grade rifle. The front and rear handguard don't match the rest of the stock, but I understand that this was not unusual for a Dane. Possibly things got switched at the CMP. Does anyone know whether the CMP keeps stocks together with the original rifle, or mix and match, or both?

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  14. CZguy

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    These old war horses didn't have any attempt to match the wood when they were built. The ensuing arsenal rebuilds didn't help either.

    Once the M1 fever gets to you, you will find yourself buying several more just to straighten out the wood colors, and to make the internal parts correct. :D

    Great looking rifle by the way. How does it shoot?
     
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    Yeah, I can just picture them at Springfield Armory in 1944: "Hey Eddy, what the heck do you think you're doing? Can't you see that the wood of that handguard doesn't match that stock? C'mon, get with it."


    I'll let you know after this weekend. I've only had the rifle a few weeks and the rain here hasn't stopped when I could get to the range.
     
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    Wow. Nice. :cool:
     
  17. Orlando

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    Thats the best looking Service Grade I have seen in some time.
    I would be more than happy to have gotten that one.
    Congrats
     
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    Storm,

    It looks like I have your front hand guard on my 1955 HRA.

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  19. 1KPerDay

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    holy crap... is that at 100 yds?
     
  20. CZguy

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    I wish I could still do that. I left my glasses at home yesterday so it's only 50 yards. I just can't focus on the bulls eye at 100 anymore without glasses.

    Next week I'll se what I can do with it at longer ranges. It looks like a keeper to me though.
     
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    Good... whew... I was about to feel very sorry for myself. :D
     
  22. Orlando

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    Focus on the front sight , let the target be blurry
     
  23. skidooman603

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    Thank You Orlando and 1K. She is a Beaut. I feel most lucky! CMP Rocks!
     
  24. Tim the student

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    That's what I was thinking.

    Even at 50 yards, it's a group I would be proud of. Good shooting.

    Some very nice looking rifles here gents.

    Yup - thats why I'm trying to swing a trip here soon when they open back up. I could not buy anything and still be glad I went.
     
  25. Quoheleth

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    Good news, bad news

    Good news is I finally got my CMP order in on Monday.
    Bad news is per the CMP website, orders are 180 days out.

    Maybe good news is in my TSRA (Texas State Rifle Assn) newsletter - they have a CMP news blurb in there, and the report is they are catching up on orders - still woefully behind, but "they are catching up" is the statement used. Whether it will be 180 days or not remains to be seen, but at least I'm in line (with thousands of others) and hopefully, a Service Grade will get pulled that has my name on the ticket and head my way somewhere between Christmas and my birthday a month later.

    Edit: If you're jonesing for a Garand, this will either help or make it worse: http://armorgames.com/play/3582/palisade-guardian. You even get the "ping" after a clip runs dry. IMHO the Browning and BAR are worthless, but the Garand and the Bazooka make a heckuva one-two punch if you can get that far.

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