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Old 07-28-2011, 01:45 AM   #1
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I am looking to purchase an M1 Garand, but can only find one locally and it's a .308 not a 30-06. And on top of that they want over $1500 for it. Does anyone have information on where I can find one, or is a place like CMP my best bet? Also, am I just being stubborn by wanting the 30-06, is there any advantage one way or another?
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:48 AM   #2
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CMP is probably the best deal going but you should be able to find M1's more or less locally. If local, expect to pay around $750 for a non matching rifle in decent shape.
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I would like to have a matching one. I have been looking at CMP's "correct grade", but I have to find a club to join that is affiliated with them. And I was told that if you purchase a rifle from CMP you can only sell it back to them, is that true?
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Dude, you're in the Army. I think that supersedes being in a club. Double check the CMP qualifiers, but I'm pretty sure that active duty qualifies.
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Here ya' go, cut and pasted from their eligibility requirements page:

Membership in many of these organizations costs $25.00 or less and can be accomplished online. A listing of affiliated organizations can be found by clicking on our Club Search web page at CMP - Find a CMP Affiliated Club. If you have any difficulty in locating a club, please contact the CMP at 256-835-8455 or by emailing CMP Customer Service. We will find one for you. In addition to shooting clubs, the CMP also has several special affiliates. Membership in these organizations satisfies our requirement for purchase. These special affiliates include: Congressionally chartered veterans' organizations such as the VFW, AL, DAV, MCL, etc. U.S. Military services (active or reserves), National Guard, to include retirees. Professional 501(c)3 law enforcement organizations and associations such as the FOP, NAPO, NSA, etc.
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Awesome, thank you I was just on their page as well re-reading what I had obviously missed. What "grade" would be good for a first time purchase, something to just shoot and the range and enjoy?
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I bought a Service Grade 1943 Springfield. It had some other parts, but was mostly Springfield. Unless you buy "Correct Grade" you'll get a rifle with mixed parts. They were all pretty much re-arsenaled and parts is parts in the armory.

Service Grade will get you a good and reliable shooter that looks pretty good too. Just figure out which manufacturer you want and go for it.

BTW, I hope you weren't offended by me calling you Dude. I'm an AF vet, '67-'71 and I've probably been in California too long. Correction, I know I've been in California too long.
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Trust me, being in the Army for 12 years now I have developed very thick skin. It will take a lot more than that to offend me. Besides, I have been called way worse things than that so no worries.
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Isnt the .308 a M1A? (civvie version of a M14) If your not picky about specifics the CMP is your best bet....
Good luck on your search, Im hunting for a Garand as well, but Im picky and gotta have one made by International Harvester... The CMP never seems to have them though...
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They can be rebarreled for 308. Springfield a few years back produced new 30-06 and 308 versions.
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