CMP Holds Advanced Maintenance Class for M1 Garands

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For over a century, the Civilian Marksmanship Program has promoted firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. Besides holding marksmanship competition events across the country (ever heard of Camp Perry?), they also are the government's clearinghouse for guns surplus to the military's needs.

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One of their most popular items for the past several decades are 1936-57 era M1 Garand battle rifles that are up for sale to any US citizen who meets certain guidelines. As such, it was a special surprise that the CMP put together the first of a series of classes to educate normal everyday gun guys and gals about the mysteries of the beast that is the M1.

From their press release on August 16:

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(The innerworkings of an M1 are made up of more than 50 very intricately arranged parts. Some of which have some downright tricks to getting them installed correctly)

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is pleased to announce the availability of the "CMP-AMC" or Advanced Maintenance Class for students with strong mechanical aptitude and a desire to learn how to work on their M1 Garand rifle. The first AMC class of 20 students will begin Friday, 1 November at the CMP's Custom Shop in Anniston.
"We are excited to announce the CMP's first educational program of its kind that will provide M1 Garand rifle enthusiasts an opportunity to build their own rifle from the ground up, and take it with them upon completion of the course," said John McLean, CMP Custom Shop Manager and lead AMC instructor.

The three-day class is intended for individuals interested in knowing how the M1 Garand rifle functions in detail, as well as those desiring to know how to properly perform advanced maintenance procedures to their personal rifle(s). The class involves classroom lecture as well as hands-on shop time. Tools will be provided for students to use during the class.

"Students will each assemble from parts their own CMP Special rifle that is included in the AMC fee of $1,400," McLean added.

Some of the key components of the class will include:
Component purpose and function
Use of gauges
Commercial barrel installation, chambering and headspace
Component selection and inspection
Fitting and proper assembly of a complete CMP Special rifle
Some discussion of malfunctions and their remedies
Accurizing techniques for the M1

This class is not intended for gunsmiths or students with advanced knowledge of the M1 rifle."
So in effect, you got to build your perfect M1 from scratch, selecting parts from the largest inventory of Garands in the world, all overseen by some of the most skilled armorers in the country. Further, the tribal knowledge that could be passed on by these wonks of all things Garand was priceless. I guess that's why there was such an...

Overwhelming response

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(When you can take this pile of parts and make an M1 from it, you can be expected to pass this class)

In just 48 hours the CMP sent out the following notice, "We advertised the first CMP Advanced Maintenance Class last week and received an overwhelming response. This new class will be held at the CMP Custom Shop and will allow students to build their very own M1 Special Rifle during the class. The first, lucky 20 students have been notified of their acceptance into the class. If you applied and did not get accepted, the CMP plans to hold additional classes next year in Anniston. Dates will be announced later and an email announcement will be sent out. There is no waiting list for the class and will be on a first come, first serve basis."

For more information, visit and check back here at Firearms Talk, as we will keep you in the loop until then.

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