I have been on the CMP’s “list” for years and have bought several M1s and bayonets as well as a couch-sized stack of milsurp (Greek and Norwegian) ammo through their good offices. Unfortunately, it seems their stocks of field grade, rack grade, and service grade Garands have dried up and, other than the occasional collector grade gun put up for auction and some sniper models, the best thing going is a mixmaster rifle they are making that actually sounds pretty good.
Referred to as the CMP Special Field grade, this is a “completely refurbished rifle consisting of an original M1 Garand Springfield or HRA receiver, new production Criterion barrel, new production American Walnut stock and handguards, and new web sling. Receiver and most other parts are refinished USGI, but some parts may be new manufacture. Receiver will have considerable pitting above the wood line”
The price? $830 plus shipping, which when you consider that Criterion does nice work on their barrels and typically asks $200~ for them alone, is not that bad of a deal.
Speaking of non-collectible M1s:
Robar offers a service to bring non-collectible “beater” M1s up to a really sweet grade.
Robar’s Service Grade Enhancement Package ($1895) consists of:
-Supply and Install New Barrel, Headspace and Time
This service includes the removal of the old barrel and installation of a new barrel. The chamber will be finish reamed to give proper headspace within military specifications. The take off barrel will be returned unless directed otherwise.
-Supply and Install New Op Rod
This service includes the disassembly of the rifle, surface preparation and coating/plating of the metal parts to match new laminated stock. Rifle will be reassembled and function fired. Includes NP3 plating 10 M1 Garand Clips. Removal of excess pitting is not included.
-Fit New Laminated Stock/Return Old Stock
This service includes the removal of the old stock and transfer of the stock hardware from the old stock to the new laminated stock. We will also make sure the hand guards have appropriate clearances and the trigger group lock-up is properly tight, but not too tight.
-Supply and Install New Gas Cylinder
-Trigger clean up, remove creep, 4.5 lb+
Remove all noticeable creep from second stage, but maintain a crisp military two stage trigger pull and a trigger weight of at least 4.5 lb.
-Supply and Install Ultimak Scout Mount