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This will be my first gun purchase so I really appreciate any help. I am buying to use at the range at my families cabin. I am a huge WWII buff which is why I want the rifle though understand I may wind up buying a later produced model. I will not be displaying the rifle. Onto the questions:

1) The Civilian Marksmanship Program has a great site for selling M1s and I am told they can be trusted. Currently I am thinking of purchasing a service grade M1 Springfield for $625. Sound good? Problems with price, CMP, or grade?

2) Should I be going to gun shows? Will I get a better price? I don't know much so I fear being taken advantage of. If its close in price I would prefer to trust the CMP. (I am in the Philly area)

3) There is so much discussion of the US allowing South Korea to sell 80,000 in the US Market which would surely drive down prices. The Govt. keeps flip flopping on whether it will happen. Should I wait awhile to see if the prices go down? {LINK DELETED PER FORUM RULES.}

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The CMP program is an excellent way to come by an M1 Garand. You will get a good gun going through CMP.

You can also get a good M1 Garand through a gun show or other private sale venues. However, this is where it becomes buyer beware so unless you really know the rifle inside and out I suggest a CMP gun.

These 80,000 rifles may or may not reach US shores. Waiting on and trying to outguess that is a crap shoot.

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You can not go wrong with a CMP Garand.
 

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Good questions. The Garand is my next purchase so I'm starting to follow threads like yours with great interest.

Unfortunately, the forum rules require that you have 15 posts before putting links in your posts so in keeping with that, I deleted your link. On the other hand, it seems like a very good link so I'm putting it back right here --> Korea to Begin Broker's Auction of 84,417 M1 Rifles Destined for USA

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Good questions. The Garand is my next purchase so I'm starting to follow threads like yours with great interest.

Unfortunately, the forum rules require that you have 15 posts before putting links in your posts so in keeping with that, I deleted your link. On the other hand, it seems like a very good link so I'm putting it back right here --> Korea to Begin Broker's Auction of 84,417 M1 Rifles Destined for USA

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I didn't think you Second Amendment guys would be so quick to restrict the First Amendment... :)

Thanks! Do you think service grade is the right grade for me (Hope to shoot it for years, not looking to display or resell.)
 

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Hey. My buddy just got a M1 a week or two ago, and I was doing some diggin for him. He bought it at a pawnshop for 500. I am assuming it was at a time a CMP gun.
With the service grade, they will probably be in similar condition to what we have. Only thing I dislike about the gun is the ammo is so hard to find at reasonable prices. I think CMP would be your best bet, but you have to be part of a CMP affiliated club, and provide proof of marksmanship or something like that.



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I didn't think you Second Amendment guys would be so quick to restrict the First Amendment... :)
As an explanation....
The first amendment applies to public venues, such as court house steps and so on.
All forums (that I know of) are private and have a set of rules which may or may not differ.

We have the 15 substantive post rule so that we may control persons who sign in only to do a "drive by spam" post. The problem on some of those links is they lead to bad places which may infect our members computers, if they go there. There are a few other reasons but you hopefully get the drift. After a person has been around long enough to do 15 substantive posts we feel that we can pretty much judge their motives.
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I didn't think you Second Amendment guys would be so quick to restrict the First Amendment... :)

Thanks! Do you think service grade is the right grade for me (Hope to shoot it for years, not looking to display or resell.)
A service grade rifle is just fine. You want what we commonly call a shooter, a rifle you take out and shoot. You do not want the rifle as a correct collectable rifle.

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Culver's Shooting pages contain more information than many volumes of books on Garands, M-14's and others....

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Some additional information for those considering a M1 Garand or M1A rifle is "The U.S. .30 Caliber Gas Operated Service Rifles: A Shop Manual Volumes 1 & 2" Book by Jerry Kuhnhausen. While the link is for Midway the book(s) can be had on Amazon and other places. This was a shop manual I always went to when working on Garands and M1A rifles. Great information on accurizing including bedding the rifles.

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I didn't think you Second Amendment guys would be so quick to restrict the First Amendment... :)
Greg addressed this comment quite adequately.

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I own an m1 I purchased at a gun show several years ago a cmp with papers. I think at the time $550.00 was listed for it I talked him down to $500.00 .So yes gun shows can be an alternate place of purchase at a fair price.
 
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