Your 2017 Christmas shopping just got easier. A government cache of 86,000 M1 Garand rifles will soon be available to the public through the Civilian Marksmanship Program:
The Civilian Marksmanship Program advises the Army could soon hand over a large stock of historically significant M1 rifles.
A post on an M1 Garand collectors group on Friday mentioned a group of loaned rifles coming in from the Philippines was being processed by the U.S. Army for shipment back to the states. Mark Johnson, CMP’s chief operating officer, did not confirm the country of origin but did tell Guns.com that a large group of rifles may indeed be headed home and could end up in the organization’s hands.
”There are 86,000 or so M1’s hopefully coming back to the Army,” said Johnson. “We hope to see them in the future.”
In 2010, the Obama administration repeatedly blocked bringing surplus donated military rifles back from overseas allies. Due to this, the most common variants of the highly collectible M1 Garand rifle have sold out in the last two years.