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Posted: 9/24/2020 1:52:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/28/2020 7:39:03 PM EST by DG_NorthTX]
This would make my second M1 Garand.  

Trying to decide between; CMP Special Rack Grade(Refinished receiver and a New Criterion barrel).
Or a standard CMP Service Grade.  

Anyone order the special rack grade and have pics?  

Previous Garand was a service grade.
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Link Posted: 9/24/2020 4:07:27 PM EST
There were a few guy posting on the CMP forum with pics.  Some were pitted enough to scare me off, but you never know, could get a gem.
Link Posted: 9/24/2020 5:27:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/26/2020 1:04:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2020 6:40:17 PM EST by nihilsum]
If you want a guilt-free user/high-volume shooter, they are a good deal. Mine did not have any above-the-wood pitting and very little below the wood, but the receiver must have had a lot of light rust going in, as it is clearly been blasted heavily. The markings are visible/readable, but nothing like my service grade WRA.

The only other one I have seen in person had substantial visible pitting.


Link Posted: 9/30/2020 7:56:07 PM EST
Appreciate the feedback. Decided to go with a service grade. Dropped the packet off at the post office today. Guess I'll know how I did in 4-7 weeks.
Link Posted: 10/2/2020 10:13:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2020 10:15:35 AM EST by GySgt_D]
The Specials that I saw on the rack at Talladega last week were nasty.

The receivers looked like coral, with a new park job.

Link Posted: 10/2/2020 11:05:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By GySgt_D:
The Specials that I saw on the rack at Talladega last week were nasty.

The receivers looked like coral, with a new park job.

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While I think you have a high chance of getting a pitted receiver ordering a special sight unseen, I wonder if the store “on the rack” inventory is often worse than the median condition of the mail order rifle inventory. Those ‘coral receivers’ were probably the population left behind after the nicer guns were sold.

I used to wonder if this was the case after going to Perry- the nicer guns in each grade that trickled out went fast, but the dogs always stayed on the rack.

WRA rack special (mail order) above has no visible pitting above the wood, although it has clearly been blasted before re-park.
Link Posted: 10/2/2020 11:27:56 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2020 11:29:29 AM EST by Ar15Jason]
Rack Special , Just got it last week,

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2 Shot groups at 50 yards.
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Link Posted: 10/2/2020 4:31:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/9/2020 8:31:49 PM EST by et_slowpoke]
Hoping to make a trip to the south store this month. Someone tell me why I should buy a service grade instead of a cmp special rack grade.


Just call me the thread killer.
Link Posted: 10/26/2020 3:02:53 PM EST
Still playing the waiting game.
Link Posted: 11/26/2020 3:59:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By et_slowpoke:
Hoping to make a trip to the south store this month. Someone tell me why I should buy a service grade instead of a cmp special rack grade.


Just call me the thread killer.
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I drove down to Anniston about 2 weeks ago.  The store is MUCH smaller than I was expecting.  They had a few nice rifles out, and some that were the "Specials" that had LOTS of pitting.  I picked up a Harrington and Richardson M1 and a M1917 Enfield.  I apparently just missed getting a 1903.....they had run out of a small influx that they had.

Were it me, I'd pick up the service grade rifle.
Link Posted: 11/26/2020 6:00:56 PM EST
Service Grade, no question. The only advantage the Rack Grade has is a new barrel. After multiple thousands of rounds, you might want to replace the Service Grade's barrel, something you can do relatively little difficulty or expense.

You can't un-pit a receiver.
Link Posted: 11/27/2020 9:58:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/23/2020 7:23:34 PM EST by Nick_Adams]
For a second M1 Garand, I'd look hard at finding one chambered for .308/7.62.  Mine seem less blasty than their .30-06 siblings  - and with their Criterion barrels, they've all proven to be very accurate out to 300-yds, the furtherest I shot them.

Not to mention if you don't reload, finding surplus 7.62 or commercial .308 FMJ will be easier and cheaper than chasing down so-called 'Garand-safe' .30-06 ball ammo   - at least in normal times.  Admittedly 2020 has been a shit-show for the ammo market, severely skewing prices and the availability of popular cartridges.  Even still, going forward there's no downside to having a .308 M1.

One of mine rides in my truck, affixed with an Olongapo M1 stock pack holding two loaded clips. Under the back seat are 4 bandoliers of clipped ball ammo. It's sort of a 'beater' and impromptu range plinker, or for go-to emergency use.

Link Posted: 12/3/2020 2:59:39 AM EST
If traveling far, drive to Anniston on a Wednesday. Visit the Talladega marksmanship park and look through the racks there. Then be at the CMP store in Anniston at around 0700 Thursday morning to beat most of the rush. Extra points if you already have your purchase paperwork printed and filled out. Head in and pick up a service grade or three. Decide beforehand what in particular you are looking for. Do you want a particular manufacturer, WWII serial, collectability due to more correct parts, GI stock, or just a good barrel? Then have at it. It is like Christmas morning as a kid for me every time. Don't forget a sling and bayonet. I have never mail ordered. I always travel to Anniston and hand pick. They have had some really nice rifles recently. I picked up an all matching (except trigger group) March 45 Springfield in October. I picked up two Vietnam era refurbs in November. One was a LEAD rebuild that appeared unfired since rebuild. The other was a 280k SA with a 1944 barrel that went through refurb in the early 60s. Both rifles had good barrel numbers. Then head back to Talladega for a free range trip on the way home. Good times.
Link Posted: 12/3/2020 10:48:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/3/2020 10:48:32 PM EST by MBUZICHOMA]
Just went to the North Store today.  They had a nice supply of rifles. I was lucky to be able to drive there and pick the rifle out I wanted

I picked up a nice 1953 Springfield Service Grade.  The barrel , op rod and bolt are correct. The bore gauges  1 Muzzle and a 1 Throat.  Like new.

The trigger group is not the original but a mix of SA and WRA parts. I need to check but I think it is all original except for the trigger group

Link Posted: 12/7/2020 2:22:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/12/2020 2:27:44 PM EST by DG_NorthTX]
Got an email Sunday afternoon telling me that my card was charged and such.


No updates since the card charge. May just wrap it and put it under the tree depending on when it comes in.
Link Posted: 12/22/2020 4:19:54 PM EST
Most recent South store is much, much smaller than the prior two (of which I am familiar).  As other posters stated, go with the Service Grade.  The only exception to this is a personally selected Rack Grade, inspected on the spot by an armorer.  I don't think they have the volunteer program anymore, however.
Link Posted: 12/25/2020 4:52:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/25/2020 9:00:02 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/26/2020 10:39:26 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/26/2020 10:40:09 AM EST by TOTHEMAX]
Link Posted: 12/26/2020 10:53:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/26/2020 10:57:52 AM EST by DG_NorthTX]
It's what I'd guess. Although in person it looks like 1-6 st lol.
Springfield Armory, May 1945 receiver with a January 45 barrel.
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Link Posted: 12/26/2020 11:35:15 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/26/2020 11:49:30 AM EST
@DG_NorthTX great looking M1.  Point of clarity you mailed your package of on 9/30 and didn’t have any contact from CMP until 12/6?  No confirmation of receipt of your order?  I ask because I just mailed off my package for my first M1 on 12/18 and was wondering at what point I should get concerned on if my order even made it there.  USPS is not exactly performing at their best at the moment.  I have an estore account but nothing yet to validate my order was received.
Link Posted: 12/26/2020 12:22:23 PM EST
Yeah luckily I mailed it priority so I had tracking to confirm they got it.
I understand they have been absolutely slammed.
Got a shipping notice 12/22 received my order 12/24.
FedEx delayed my package for a day for some reason.

My first experience was uncommon and only took a week, but that was 2017.
I told my Dad that we may need to take a road trip to Alabama next time lol.
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