Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by InkEd, Jul 31, 2011.
What are the prices now for the grades. I have some itchy for a good Garand, eventhoug a M-14 was first on list to get.
If I go to Alabama, I'll hand pick a Service grade. If I order it, I'll go for the CMP Special grade. (Unless I can get a couple of people to share travel expenses, it just makes more sense to order the Special grade and be CERTAIN it will be really nice.)
I like the idea behind the CMP but the do make you jump through some hoops before you buy your rifle from them. Although it's not too bad.
Wouldn't it be awesome if they could figure out away to GIVE those rifles to us. Maybe
make it part of the Homeland Security Act or something. Personally, I would feel safer against an invasion if everyone had a rifle to fight the enemy. Since the liberals like to use Europe as an example all the time, maybe we can use the Swiss for this argument.
Second and on depending on your budget and abilities the grade that you can afford the most of.
Absolutely. IIRC I've always been able to get a tracking number on anything I've ordered from them (a rifle, a bayonet, and several cans of ammo).
If you can go to the store, I might try and find a field that is in good shape. I have gotten a Winchester and an IHC stock in the field grade rifles. If not, the bare minimum I would look at is a service grade. You can find some really nice field grades, but I wouldn't want to gamble with not getting a nice one through the mail. Anyway you slice it, I think you will be happy. These rifles are the nicest anyone has seen in years. This latest batch were reported to be held in storage by the Greek Airforce.
Depending, I might look at the H & R's due to the fact that there were fewer made. Some guys try and order through the mail hoping for a WWII Springfield and end up getting a post war. If you are dead set on getting a WWII, the only guaranteed methods are picking one out at the stores or ordering a Winchester.
Pics of my Winchester Service grade.
Here are the pics. I just found them. The stuff on the receiver is actually cosmoline. They are from a previous thread. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=593471
Service Grade Rifles NOT AVAILABLE For Ordering
Service Grade CMP M1 Garands and currently NOT available to order. According to the CMP, the latest crates of rifles processed did not have enough rifles that graded high enough to permit listing them for sale online. Any Service Grade rifles they have will ONLY be available for purchase in the stores at Anniston and Camp Perry for the time being, until they have enough stock built up to offer them for sale via mail order again.
Right now, the only M1 Garands available for mail order are Field Grade, or Special Grade or higher.
I was fortunate to find a Garandguy Kreiger barreled rifle for a very good price. There are some very good buys on the used market these days. I had been looking for six months or more. Looked at a lot of cmp stuff guys were reselling at high prices, finally found this for a cmp price.
Most of the field grades I saw were relatively rough....as were a lot of the service level rifles. The latter went fast first thing in the AM...If you are going I'd strongly suggest you get in line EARLY.
One thing that somewhat bothered me was that one fellow had about six rifles lined up while they were in the rack and was not letting anyone else look while he picked thru 'em....hell, he at LEAST could've taken several to the counter and had them held pending further shopping.
Did look very closely at an H&R with DOD markings that was tempting, but the better metal on the SA won out.
Kinda sorry I passed on a stockless Winchester lacking sights that was sittin' kinda lonely on the first rack.............would've made a nice build, but I DID have my wife along.............so!
Interestingly I noticed the stock has a bunch of small, round divots. Turns out it's where the soldier would smack the clip against the wood to be sure the rounds are seated properly. I guess that's history, right?
I would rather have 2 srvice grades for the price of a correct grade.
I've been to both the north store and south stores and if you live close enough I would make the trip and hand pick one. You can even find a nice field grade for $495 at the stores that are within service grade specs.
Here's a few SA service grades I hand selected at the souh store in July. I tought I was crazy at the time because I went way over my limit but there were so many nice service grades there at the time I couldn't help myself.
But now that they're temporarily sold out of service grades I'm glad I went crazy.
5.87 SA ME=.5 TE=2
5.86 SA ME=.5 TE=2
5.85 SA ME=.5 TE=2
5.83 SA ME=0 TE=2
5.45 SA ME=.75 TE=2.5
2.05 SA ME=1 TE=2.5
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