CAMP AGUINALDO, Philippines – Joint Armed Forces of Philippines and U.S. team conducting M1 Inventory, 2017
The backstory on how six divisions worth of M1 Garands got repatriated from the Phillipines, where they have seen hard service since the 1950s in some cases, back to the U.S. to be sold through CMP in Anniston. Contrary to what a lot of people think, CMP actually had to spend a small fortune to get these vintage weapons back CONUS.
“It goes almost without saying that accurately accounting for and transporting approximately 90,000 small arms from the other side of the globe is challenging under any circumstances. Throw in termite infestation, monsoon season, and asbestos contamination, and you will have a recipe for disaster.”
To see just what the non-profit has on the shelf, I visited the Civilian Marksmanship’s South operations in Anniston. Co-located near the Anniston Army Depot — which is actually in nearby Bynum — and stores much of the Army’s stockpile of guns and items not needed for current operations, the CMP has a series of warehouses dotting the rolling hills of the area.
Unfortunately, most of them are nearly empty.
While now-retired CMP boss Orest Michaels told me back in 2010 the organization had 125,000 M1 rifles on hand including complete rifles, stripped receivers, and welded drill rifles, the group is coy about just what the numbers are today after several years of brisk sales and surging interest in U.S. martial rifles.
As Jim Townsend, CMP’s business development officer, walked me through a tour of their largest warehouse, he swept his arms over a large expanse of empty floor space and said, “When I first started here, this whole side of the building was full of M1s.” Repurposed crates that once contained M1s returning from allies in Greece and Denmark now hold everything but.
Repurposed crates that once contained M1s returning from allies in Greece and Denmark now hold everything but.
Why keep the empty space?
Check out my column at Guns.com for the answer.
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, confirmed that a large group of rifles may indeed be headed home and wind 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.”
More in my column at Guns.com
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CMP STORES SCHEDULES FOR 2012: Both CMP stores have resumed their normal operating schedule Wed – Sat. Operating hours are posted on the web pages for the CMP North store at Camp Perry, OH and the CMP South store in Anniston, AL. Please see http://www.odcmp.com/Sales/stores.htm.
BAYONET AND SCABBARDS – 16”: We still have a small quantity of 16” bayonets available for purchase. These bayonets and scabbards are all used and condition ranges from good to poor. Bayonets are separated by manufacturer. Scabbards are not separated by manufacturer. Bayonets and scabbards are sold separately. For more detailed description and pricing, please see http://www.thecmp.org/Sales/relatedsales.htm (Accessories Tab). No limit on the number of bayonets or scabbards a customer may purchase.
SHIPPING AND HANDLING INCREASE: CMP S&H rates for rifles have increased to $24.95. Shipping rates have changed for other items also. Previously S&H for orders under $50 was $6.95 and $8.95 for orders over $50. New S&H is $6.95 for orders under $100 and $8.95 for orders over $100.
UPDATE ON .22CAL SIGHTS: CMP has accumulated a few hundred sights for the .22 cal rifles we have sold over the past 15 years. We are in the process of inspecting them and making them ready for sale, but do not expect to have them ready for another 2-3 weeks. Once they are ready, we will announce them via sales update email and list them on the estore.
GARAND PRICE INCREASE: The price of some grades of CMP M1 Garands are increased for any orders received after 1 Jan 2012. Any orders already in-house will be charged the price listed at time order was mailed. Please see http://www.thecmp.org/Sales/rifles.htm.
M1 GARAND SERVICE GRADE NOW AVAILABLE: We currently have approximately 2,000 Service Grade rifles available for sale. For pricing please see http://www.thecmp.org/Sales/rifles.htm
CMP CATALOG: The 2012 issue of the CMP catalog is now available for download at http://www.odcmp.com/Sales/pdfs/catalog.pdf.