During the 2016 Small Arms Firing School at Camp Butner, a representative from CMP shared with the class that they had secured 86000 Garands from the Philippines, many in “rough shape” within the next year or so. He also went on to say they would run out of Garands in the next year or so likely before they had more.
Fast forward a year or so, CMP Garands are not “gone” but they have slowed to a trickle. Gone are the days of piles of Garands at the Eastern and Western games, as in the header.
Over the summer, things started to look grim for the Filipino Garands when, the Obama administration ordered the DoD to stop the transfer of these Garands.
Fast forward another 6 months, with the Obama admin gone, the path seems to be clear for CMP to receive these Garands. Currently they are still in the Philippines per CMP, who will cover shipping, Which means it could be some time until they are in the sales pipeline.
So what does this mean.
Yes, if things go well it looks like there will be at least some new Garands coming to CMP. Don’t expect it to be 86000 Garands still packed in cosmo. There is a good chance most of them are in poor condition.
Even with no Garands that doesn’t mean doom for the CMP. CMP’s mission is not to sell Garands at a discounted price so everyone can have a subsidized Garand. Sales are a fundraiser which supports their mission of promoting marksmanship.
This neat Garand conversion was posted in a M1 Garand Facebook group I frequent.
It’s a 22-250 Garand. 22-250 is, in essence a 308 necked down for 223 projectiles. Other than the barrel, the rest of the rifle is a standard Garand. The builder tells me the tricky part is getting the gas port the right size for it to cycle.
Below is a quick comparison of 30-06 vs 22-250 note that out to 500 yards 22-250 is a bit faster and flatter than 06. The builder plans to use it as a varmint gun. I’m sure it will do well at that job.
22-250 has the same rim/base size as 30-06/308 and is just a bit shorter than 308. This helps make this conversion practical, as the standard Garand bolt and reciver can still be used. So, keep in mind changing the bolt is going to be very difficult, if not impossible. if you are dreaming of a 300 blackout M1 Garand.
The Talladega Marksmaship Park Inaugural D-Day match is just next weekend. I set out to get as much trigger time as I could this weekend.
My local club allows as many re-entries as they have room for… And boy did I take advantage of that this weekend.
Fresh off the high of getting my sharpshooter card in the mail, I started out with My A2 and a NRA High Power Match this past Saturday. It was unseasonably hot and humid and the sun came in and out causing some glare issues for me to fight. Overall I did well. I was hoping to break 89% but I came just shy. My goal is to break into Expert class before the end of the season. I’ll need some practice and some luck.
After high power I shot in a vintage relay with my 1917. I’ve been neglecting to practice with this old rifle and it showed for sure. I had a saved round in rapid prone and a miss in off hand. I blame the saved round on my efforts to slow down with the Garand and take my time.
On Sunday morning I kept the party going and brought a pile of rifles with me. My Garand, M1 Carbine and brought the 1917 back for some redemption. The weather was about the same, hot and muggy.
I shot well with the Garand I lost a few points in off hand that I shouldn’t have rushed but I squeaked by the bronze cut off.
There was a no show for the second relay so I was able to jump in and shoot my M1 carbine. I am still working out some kinks in both the carbine itself and how I shoot it. This gave me some good experience with the platform.
To make for a long day I hung around for the third and final relay and tried for some redemption with my 1917. Dehydration and exhaustion aside I did much better. No saved rounds and no misses in off hand. This and a couple beers afterwards put a nice end to a long weekend of shooting.
I am going to continue to put as many rounds down range as I can afford in both time and money between now and Perry. The way I see it, the more trigger time I get the better prepared I will be.
A blog post making the rounds on social media right now suggests that there are 86,000 M1 Garand rifles soon to be imported from Korea.
I try not to take a negative tone here, but that blog post is wrong on several points. Please stop perpetuating rumors about the importation of Garands from Korea.
Here are some of the errors in that blog post, and reasons why this importation is unlikely:
1. CMP is not an importer. By law, the DOD would have to import them, and then transfer them to the CMP.
2. The CMP is not a government-run organization. This is a minor point, but seems to come up often when Korean Garands are discussed. CMP has a congressional charter. In simplified terms, the charter mandates that they run national matches and sell rifles for funding.
3. In 2013 President Obama signed an executive order to specifically ban the import of these rifles. Click here.for an informative post on that issue. That executive order caused 200 employees at Century Arms International to lose their jobs, and had the secondary chilling effect of discouraging new shooters from entering the shooting sports by artificially propping up the price of M1 rifles.
4. They were likely never going to be $220. The original rumor was they were contracted to CAI for about $500.
In short, at least until the next President takes office the Korea Garands will not be Imported to the US. Realistically speaking, those M1s will probably never return to U.S. soil.