I have wanted to get a M1 Grand for time and was wondering how to get one without spending a lot money. I always hear people talking about CMP, but I really don't understand what they really do.
You send them the proper documentation, jump through a few hoops, send them money and they send you a rifle. To your door. Even in California.
What's not to like?
Agreed. The CMP is the only way to fly as far as M1's are concerned. The "Hoops" are'nt that much... Be a U.S. citizen, shoot a match, (or meet the shooting requirement in a number of other ways, see the CMP site for more info) and belong to a afilliated club, (or join the Grand collectors assn. for $25 a year) and you're in, you can then buy up to 8 a year... I've managed to get 2 M1's and a '03 Springfield, and a '03A3 Springfield from the CMP, all were well worth every penny spent.
The CMP hoops are so easy. Download the forms.
Belong to a CMP affiliated club or join one on-line. (My local range is affiliated)
Proof of citizenship and firearm activity (copy of my passport and CCW permit. I threw in my DL just in case)
Fill out form and get it notarized (Your bank will usually do this for free)
Include payment ( I sent a personal check)
TO PURCHASE A RIFLE FROM THE CMP, A PURCHASER MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF:
✔ U.S. Citizenship and Age and
✔ Membership in a CMP Affiliated Organization and
✔ Participation in a Marksmanship or Other Firearms Related Activity
1. U.S. Citizenship and Age: You must provide a copy of a U.S. birth certificate,
passport, proof of naturalization, or any official government document
that shows birth in the U.S. or otherwise states citizenship as U.S. A
drivers license is proof of age, but IS NOT proof of U.S. citizenship.
2. Membership in CMP Affiliated Organization: You must provide a
copy of your current membership card or other proof of membership. This
requirement cannot be waived. The CMP currently has over 2,000 affiliated
organizations located in many parts of the country. 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
Info” tab on our web site at www.odcmp.com. If you have any difficulty in
locating a club, please contact the CMP at 256-835-8455 or by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
• Professional 501(c)3 law enforcement organizations and associations
such as the FOP, NAPO, NSA, etc.
Note: Club membership IS required for purchase of rifles, parts, and ammunition.
Club membership is NOT required for instructional publications or
videos or CMP memorabilia.
3. Marksmanship or other Firearms Related Activity: You must provide
proof of participation in a marksmanship related activity or otherwise
show familiarity with the safe handling of firearms and range procedures.
Your marksmanship related activity does not have to be with highpower
rifles; it can be with smallbore rifles, pistols, air guns or shotguns. Proof of
marksmanship participation can be provided by documenting any of the
• Current or past military or law enforcement service.
• Participation in a rifle, pistol, air gun or shotgun competition (provide
copy of results bulletin).
• Completion of a marksmanship clinic that included live fire training (provide
a copy of the certificate of completion or a statement from the
• Distinguished, Instructor, or Coach status.
• Concealed Carry License.
• Firearms Owner Identification Card.
• FFL or C&R license.
• Completion of a Hunter Safety Course that included live fire training.
• Certification from range or club official or law enforcement officer witnessing
shooting activity. A form for use in completing and certifying
your range firing can be downloaded from the CMP web site at
• No proof of marksmanship required if over age 60. Proof of club membership
and citizenship required for all ages.
NOTE: Proof of marksmanship activity is only required for purchase of rifles.
4. Legal Eligibility to Purchase a Firearm: The information you supply
on your application will be submitted by the CMP to the FBI National
Instant Criminal Check System (NICS) to verify you are not prohibited by
Federal, State or Local law from acquiring or possessing a rifle. Your signature
on the Purchaser Certification portion of the purchase application
authorizes the CMP to initiate the NICS check and authorizes the FBI to
inform CMP of the result. IMPORTANT: If your State or locality requires
you to first obtain a license, permit, or Firearms Owner ID card in order to
possess or receive a rifle, you must enclose a photocopy of your license,
permit, or card with the application for purchase.
5. Order Form and Purchaser Certification and Agreement: If you
think you may purchase additional rifles in the future, we recommend you
make several extra copies of the blank forms for use in placing future
orders. Customers should complete all three pages of the order form and
sign it before a notary. Except as explained in the next paragraph, orders
received without notarized signature will not be processed. Send the completed
Order Forms, your payment and all necessary enclosures to satisfy
items 1-5 above, to:
CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM
ATTN: RIFLE SALES
1401 COMMERCE BOULEVARD
ANNISTON, AL 36207
Rifles may only be purchased mail order or in person at our Camp Perry
store. Parts, ammunition, and memorabilia orders may be faxed to 256-
241-0436 or emailed to email@example.com, providing payment and all
ordering information is provided.
6. Repeat Customers: In the summer of 2003, the CMP revised the purchase
forms and streamlined procedures for repeat customers. If you complete
a new Universal Purchaser Certification and Agreement to buy a rifle
from the CMP, signed before a Notary Public on or after July 1, 2003, you
may for a period of three (3) years thereafter submit an application to purchase
additional rifles, parts or ammunition without having the Purchaser
Certification and Agreement notarized - provided that the “SHIP TO”
address on the order form remains exactly the same.
Although for repeat orders you will not have to have the forms notarized,
hard copy liability/order/certification forms must still be completed
and sent to the CMP with original (fresh) signatures. These
orders may not be faxed or emailed.
After three years a new notarized Universal Purchaser Certification and
Agreement will be required. Any change of address on the order form automatically
will require a new notarized Universal Purchaser Certification and
Proof of citizenship, age, CMP-affiliated club membership and competitive
shooting participation, and any copy of any license, permit, or Firearms
Owner ID card required by your State or locality submitted with your initial
“Universal” application will be kept on file by the CMP. If any item of proof
above has expired, you must submit proof of current status with any subsequent
TO PURCHASE MILITARY SURPLUS PARTS OR
AMMUNITION FROM THE CMP, A PURCHASER MUST:
1. Be a U.S. citizen and be a member of a CMP affiliated organization.
You must provide a copy of your current membership card or other proof.
This requirement cannot be waived.
2. Complete the Order Form and sign the Liability Agreement.
3. Mail order form to CMP. Parts, ammunition and memorabilia orders may
also be faxed to 256-241-0436.
CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED FOR PURCHASE
OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS OR MEMORABILIA.
SHIPPING & HANDLING / PAYMENT / SALES TAX
Shipping and Handling: Rifles: Add $22.95 for each rifle ordered.
Barrels and Receivers: Add $6.95 for each barrel or receiver ordered.
Ammunition: Add per can/case charges as shown in catalog for type of
ammo ordered. Parts, Memorabilia, Publications: Add $6.95 for orders
under $50; add $8.95 for orders $50 and over.
Method of Payment: Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Visa, MasterCard and
personal checks are accepted. Payment by personal check may delay order
processing. COD orders are not accepted.
Sales Tax: Ohio residents add 6.5% tax; Alabama residents add 8% tax.
Damaged Shipments: When merchandise received in a FedEx shipment is
found to be damaged at the time of delivery, notify driver to initiate a claim
at that time. Should damage be found after the driver has left, please report
all damage to CMP South at 256-835-8455. We will arrange for return of
the material to us. Please hold original packaging to support any claims
that may be filed. CMP will replace damaged material. Settlement payments
are made to CMP and not the consignee.
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First, learn to spell "Garand" properly !
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Like the others said, CMP!!!!
CMP is the best and cheapest place.
Pay special attention to twonami's post...if you really are a lawman, some of the police unions/associations are affiliated with CMP so you might already have that base covered.
If your a police officer it's easy. I just sent a copy of my driver's license, a copy of my police ID, & a copy of my F.O.P. card. Police id takes care of the shooting requirements, F.O.P. card took care of club affiliation & DL took care of U.S. citizenship. Only hard part was finding notary.
The DCM/CMP is the best value for your money.
You can get a grand M1 Garand from the CMP.
Lets see You have a couple of choices.
I'll group gunshows and gunshops in the same catagory:
1. Hands on when looking
2. gunshops if they are good will have decent customer service
3. no customer service from the show
4. pay waayyyyyyy over inflated prices for a rack grade rifle if you are lucky.
1. Great customer service and fun people to work with
2. support an organization that promotes guns and the safe use there of
3. good pricing that a person can make a choice based on the size of your pocket book
4. Great support through the pricing of ammo. More bang for the buck
5. Only draw back is the gun condition is the luck of the draw. You can get a honey of a field grade(like i did) or you can get a dog. Either way you get a peice of history to revive and restore.
According to #1 in twonami's post that was cut and pasted from the CMP website, a driver's license is not proof of citizenship. I'm guessing you have to be a US citizen to be a police officer, so your police ID probably covered it.
Sorry, meant birth certificate. Not DL.