By the numbers from a recent 44-page GAO report on the government-chartered Civilian Marksmanship Program:
304,233 – The number of former military rifles the group sold to U.S. citizens from 2008 through 2017.
$196.8 million – The revenue from those sales, or about $650 per rifle.
279,032 – The number of rifles transferred by the Army to CMP at the same time (note the less than 1:1 replacement in inventory).
$85.8 million – The cost of the program’s marksmanship activities in the past decade, mostly promoting youth in the shooting sports nationwide
$3.6 million – CMP’s cost of the program providing free ceremonial rifles to veterans groups during the same time
$15.6 million – The non-profit’s expenses for 2017, ranging from targets and ranges to keeping the lights on to guarding the expansive warehouses and inspecting/repairing pallets of sometimes moody guns and ammo.
$0 – The number of taxpayer dollars the group has collected. The only support they have had from Uncle since 1997 has been through the transfer of surplus gear and guns.
228,791 – The number of rifles CMP had on hand in Aug. 2018.
More in my column at Guns.com