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South Korean m1 garand's

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by vamo, Jan 21, 2013.

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  1. vamo

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    So the story goes the administration initially approved, then blocked the sale of about 87k m1 garands from south korea. I heard in June 2012 that the sales would be allowed, and I have heard almost nothing since. Anyone kept up with this story?

    If its still in limbo I am not holding my breath of waiting for it to go through in the next 4 years, but hoping it cleared all the hurdles before the election.
     
  2. joeschmoe

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    CMP usually keeps these talks quiet because the re-import depends on the co-operation of a variety of dept's and politicians.
    It's not hard for anyone in the chain to block the return and leave no fingerprints as to who or why it was blocked.

    Orest at CMP likes to keep them quiet. We support Orest.
    If you want to help, join the GCA and order a CMP Garand. They're still plenty left.

    Go to the CMP forums for more info.
     
  3. USSR

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    CMP has nothing to do with the Korean Garands. The CMP only gets it's rifles from a stock of rifles that were loaned to another country and returned to the U.S. government. The Korean rifles were bought by them, and if and when they come to the U.S., they will be sold commercially thru dealers.

    Don
     
  4. vamo

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    I heard since they wern't coming from the US military that they would go through firearms dealers and not CMP. But, like I said never heard of an actual deal going through, just that it was no longer being blocked.

    edit: ussr beat me to it.
     
  5. kBob

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    I traded for one of the Blue Sky imports South Korean Garands back in the '80s. If these are anything like that one they may keep them. I got all excited by it at a show and traded way too much for it and regret the trades to this day. It would not hold 6 inches at 100 yards when I was shooting sub two inch with an M-1A from the same bench. Crown was bad, muzzleend of rifling worn, rear sights loose, gas cylinder rough and moved around as in worn barrle cuts and Cylinder splines. Internal parts showed a lot of wear. Did the seven round ejec the clip trick.

    One odd thing..... I was getting up at Odark thirty (hate that a movie took that for a name as youngsters will think I am somehow referring to the movie when I use the term) one morning to visit the necessary and noticed something glowing on the top of my chest of drawers. What I had thought to be a dot of plain white paint below the actual aperature was infact some sort of glow in the dark self poweed stuff, I think perhaps radium like on an old alarm clock. Sort of gave me the willies that.

    Any way the dealer that skinned me took pity on me after I showed up in their shop with my list of grumbles and offered me a decent mix master 1903a3 for it that shot the same ammo close to MOA at 100 yards. Still to much stuff as he would not even consider returning the trade stuff (half of it sold and the other half in his private collection)

    Honestly the reweld I was bitten by even earlier was a better rifle.

    -kBob
     
  6. USSR

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    Yeah, kBob, the Blue Sky Korean Garands had a very bad reputation and I don't blame you for being wary of further Korean imports.

    Don
     
  7. Fishbed77

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    I can't see these rifles selling for less than an CMP Garand, or being as good quality-wise.

    Therefore, I could care less about them. If you want a good Garand at a good price, look no further than the CMP.
     
  8. cyclopsshooter

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    This thread is way too short... There needs to be much more Garand talk... and now due to lack of Garand talk I have no choice but to go to work...
     
  9. RPRNY

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    With all due respect to Cyclopsshooter's perfectly reasonable desire for more Garand talk, I fear Fishbed has said all there is to say on this subject until someone actually imports to ROK Garands and puts them on the market.
     
  10. Roadking Rider

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    I'm pretty sure these Korean Garands will be sold in as is condition by private dealers. I bought a 1955 Springfield M1 a few years ago that came from Guam in as is condition.
    I paid $375 for it, I replaced some of the inner parts and that cost me a grand total of $650 ,rifle included. It's a reliable shooter but it for sure is no target rifle. Then again I didn't really expect it to be either. It was a labor of love bringing this old weapon back to life. I'm choosing to leave it just the way it was and not going to change out the barrel. I have a standing offer made a year ago of $1000 for it anytime I want to sell it. I'm not going to sell it anytime soon as the prices keeps going up and up as supplies of them dwindle.
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  11. brunowbe

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    When I was in the CMP north store purchasing ammo for my Garand during the national matches at Camp Perry this past summer I asked one of the fellas behind the counter about this, his explanation about why the Korean Garands will not be coming into the US was:

    The Garands are U.S. gov't property that South Korea is attempting to sell to the US and the US should not have to pay Korea for something it already owns and is US property. Due to this those Garands will not be coming into the US at all unless South Korea gives them back to the US.

    Whether or not that information is accurate I do not know, it is just what I was told.
     
  12. joeschmoe

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    brunowbe,

    That's a gun buy back program I could support.


    ETA; I can't understand why anyone would buy a beatup import or clone Garand when you can get a better one for less from CMP mailed to your door.
     
  13. ApacheCoTodd

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    The Korean stuff is pretty consistently used up and abused up.

    The most recent Garand imports really got hung up first on the 1911s which were coming in with them and after the pistols got dropped the snag was the strap-hanging carbines once the awareness that many carbines were M-2s and the rest were potentially easily converted to same.

    Having seen many hundreds of post Korea re-imports both complete and as parts kits, I'm not too terribly disappointed at this point. Those folk really got the full life and then some outa a firearm!
     
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