The Civilian Marksmanship Program
is an organization who has adopted the following mission statement:
"The mission of the Corporation is to
conduct the Civilian Marksmanship Program to ensure all qualified citizens, with
special emphasis on the youth of America, are provided a safe and disciplined
opportunity to participate in rifle marksmanship, firearms safety and other programs."
CMP Logo - used with permission.
of the ways that the CMP accomplishes their mission is by allowing thoroughly
background-checked US Citizens of good character to purchase a wonderful piece
of United States history in the form an original US issue M1 Garand Rifle!
Garand Rifles are made available to anyone who can meet a set of well thought
out criteria and who are legally able to own firearms. While the emphasis is passing
on the shooting sports to the youth of our country, the CMP also is apparently
fully behind allowing anyone who meets the criteria to become involved in the
preservation of these wonderful rifles.
I an avid supporter of the CMP? You bet! Their customer service is second to none,
and they seem to have an eye for both the history and future of the M1 Garand
and the future of the shooting sports. Additionally, their goal of safe firearm
instruction to our youth makes sense for a plethora of political and practical
reasons. Their dedication was part of the inspiration for composing this website.
following pages detail my experience with the CMP's rifle-sales program.
Until recently I did not even know that the
Civilian Marksmanship Program existed. Through this website I'd like to share
with those of you who have not heard of the program some of what I have learned
in the last few months. I'd also like to tell the story of my interaction with
the folks at CMP and the acquisition of my very own M1 Garand Rifle.
you are more interested in the rifles themselves please check out the Our Garands
Page after you finish reading this section.
In October of 1999 my father and I learned
that the US Government was actively disposing of thousands of surplus M1 Garand
rifles. The M1 Garand, for those of you who are unfamiliar with its history,
is a truly historic arm which was originally issued to our troops during World
War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. These rifles have been superseded by more modern
arms and most had come back to the United States and lain dormant in Army depots
In the summer of 1999,
rumors were running rampant that the Clinton-Gore Administration was considering
shutting down the program which allowed civilian acquisition of M1 Garands. Worse
yet, the word was that the government would then send most if not all of the M1's
that were still in government armories into the belly of an evil machine called
'Captain Crunch' where they would be destroyed and the metal sold for scrap. Many
if not most of the 1911 .45 pistols in US inventory have met this fate.
had a chance to save a piece of history!
reading several sites on the web including Culver's Shooting Page,
the Civilian Marksmanship Program Website, Gun & Knife.com, Clancy's M1 Page,
Lane Smith's Pages, and others (see my Garand Links Section) we decided to take the plunge and
purchase a couple of these historic battle rifles.
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feel free to explore the other sections of this website:
This Website] [How I Maintain My M1s] [CMP Program - Our Experience]
[Our CMP M1 Garand Rifles] [CMP Ammunition] [M1 Parts Photographs & Nomenclature]
[M1 Garand Accessories] [A Little Important Humor] [Links to Other M1 Garand Sites]
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June 16, 2007
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