M1 Rifle

Springfield Armory M1 Garand

U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1

The M1, also called the Garand after its designer John C. Garand (1888-1974) is a gas operated semiautomatic rifle fed from a clip holding eight .30-06 cartridges. The rifle saw service with the United States military in World War II up to the Korean War.

I purchased this “Service Grade” rifle from the CMP without the stocks for $325. It was manufactured by the original Springfield Armory between July and August of 1943. The Boyd’s American walnut furniture is from Midway Arms and were completely finished and inletted. Of the CMP parts I replaced only the scratched metal butt plate with one purchased from Fulton Armory. The CMP application was pretty simple requiring only some basic information. I was only required to join the California Pistol and Rifle Club ($18 annually) to meet the requirements as I am active duty military. The basic requirements to purchase a CMP rifle are:

  • You must be a current member of a CMP-affiliated gun club or state association
  • A U.S. citizen aged 18 or older
  • Satisfy CMP criteria for marksmanship participation within the past five years (this requirement is waived for law-enforcement officers, military personnel, veterans and certain others)
  • Not prohibited by federal, state, or local law from purchasing or possessing a rifle. A criminal record background check by CMP is required unless you provide satisfactory proof that such a check has already been conducted.

For detailed information on purchase requirements please obtain an M1 Garand application by downloading from the CMP Web Site, or by writing or calling:

Civilian Marksmanship Program
ATTN: M1 Sales
P.O. Box 576
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Telephone (888) 267-0796.

California Rifle and Pistol Association Inc.
271 E. Imperial Highway, Suite #620
Fullerton, CA 92835

Springfield Armory M1 Garand