Up And Wait!
It is strange
to note the symptoms appear in otherwise 'normal' people when they are waiting
for the Civilian Marksmanship Program to fill their orders. Commonly known as
Garanditis, the first signs of affliction appear shortly after ordering. Time
seems to move just a tad slower for some patients, but for others it seems to
absolutely CRAWL. Friends of mine who have ordered M1s report perking up their
ears at the sounds of a delivery truck barely 72 hours after mailing in the application.
Others actually call CMP within a week asking where the order is. tsk tsk
Truthfully I was not
THAT bad but I certainly was enthusiastically waiting...
their credit The CMP seems to understand the anticipation phenomenon and they
allow people who send in applications to also enclose a self addressed stamped
envelope with their order. When the CMP receives your order they will rubber-stamp
this card and send it back to you. This practice is intended, I suppose, to ameliorate
some of the 'did they get it' anxiety.
We took them up on their return-mail offer
and on November 9th my father received his reply card in the mail. The rubber
stamped writing on it read:
CMP has received your documentation. Please allow 2 weeks before calling for status.
Thank you for your patience and your order. CMP"
weeks?" I wondered aloud. "I gotta wait two whole
weeks before I can call and find out the serial numbers?" Well I determined
that I'd do the best I could to be a man about it and suck up the torture of such
an extraordinary amount of self-governing. I promised myself I'd refrain from
bugging them for as much over ONE week as I could... no really... I would... I would TRY to anyway...
my opinion it is nice that the CMP tacitly approves of people calling to learn
their serial numbers or to check on their order status after this 2 week timeframe.
This knowledge allows customers to begin assembling ancillary items to go with
their M1 from the period it was made if they desire. It also piques the anticipation
and curiosity while spawning discussions on many of the forum sites.
Much to my credit and thanks to my substantial
self-control, (*cough*) I did in fact make it a full week before I broke
down and called CMP to obtain our serial numbers. I was impatient in part because
I wanted to look the serial numbers up to determine when the rifles were made.
I also wanted to determine which book I should consider buying as the two most
prominent books on the M1 available at the time were quite different and were
delineated by era of original M1 production.
on November 16th I again telephoned the CMP and talked with (I believe) Jan who
let me know that one of the rifles had already been assigned. She informed me
that this rifle was serial number 225,xxx.
DOG! I was excited! One of the first quarter million+ Garands ever made! Not bad
considering there were arguably about 5,468,772 M1 Garands ever produced. Having
the serial number also allowed me to learn that 'my' rifle was produced somewhere
around April of 1941 - before hostilities had broken out and when Springfield
Armory was bucking hard trying to get production levels moving.
also informed me during the call that the second rifle had not yet been assigned
a serial number and that I could call back in a few days and try again. Finally
she noted that the ammo we had ordered would be going out very soon and that the
order was being processed that week.
For A Gun Not Yet Mine...
Jan was right! In fact Marla shipped the ammo
boxes Jan was referring to on the 18th of November.
the morning of November 19th a rather nervous looking FedEx driver rang the bell
and deposited four heavy cardboard boxes with "Shipper's Declaration For
Dangerous Goods" manifests on them in our entry-way. The ammunition had arrived! I won't digress here, but if
you'd like some information on the ammo, packaging, and such please click here.
That same day I called back to ask about what
I was now referring to as 'Dad's rifle' since I had already determined that the
225,xxx Garand was mine! This time I talked to Nina (I believe) and she informed
me that his serial number was 5,423,xxx. This new information allowed me to look
up when his rifle was made. It turns out Dad's rifle was produced in 1954 or 1955
only 2 or 3 years before M1 production ceased forever.
was to continue for only another week or so. Of course the holidays were coming
on fast and there was a great rush to get ready so all thoughts of the M1s were
put aside and we basically forgot about them. Yea right....
days later on November 24th another part of our CMP order trickled in. This time
the jacket patches we had ordered arrived.
we still were short a couple of rifles!
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