Has anyone ever used the Civilian Marksmanship Program to purchase a firearm? I am looking to get a M1 Garand. I'm trying to decide if it is worth the 5 hour drive to the store or just to order one through the mail. Also general military surplus rifle thread.
I would love to buy a great of these
Do the paperwork, pay, wait 3months
Vs driving 5 hours, doing the paperwork, paying and shooting the next day.
Depends on how much you like to drive imo.
Make sure you have everything you need to prove eligibility prior to leaving your house, or you will waste 11 hours of your time
I ordered a service grade Garand at the beginning of December and it showed up a month later
3.8 million serial number that hasn't been parkerized and looks great,+0 muzzle rating and +2 throat rating(that's good).
The only problem is it came with new CMP wood instead of a usgi stock(all service grades do atm).
This is kinda lame because it's my first milsurp and I wanted it to be 100% milsurp. USGI stocks by themselves cost $200 or more for a decent one. In the meantime, im spending $15 on boiled linseed oil and tru-oil to refinish it.
All things to consider.
you need to join one of the clubs. I join garand collectors association for $25. Proof of citizenship ie birth certificate passport. And proof of marksmanship im going to use my concealed carry licence
>have WW2-serial CMP Garand with USGI stock
>tfw huge box arrives at front doorstep
>10/10 would ping again
>Do the paperwork, pay, wait 3months
I haven't been keeping up with it lately, but haven't wait times gone down significantly? When I ordered in 2014 I waited 5 months. Last year, people were receiving orders in less than 2 weeks. Not sure what it is now.
Just checked CMP sales page:
>"Delivery time 2-4 weeks from placing order"
I have purchased multiple rifles from the CMP in Alabama. I live in GA so out of state is not a problem. check the eligibility requirements and have all of them present when you go there. they will set up an account for you and basically give you the run around of how things work. The best thing to do is go to the CMP forums. People will give reports daily on what they have on the racks, also calling ahead was a big help for me. The armorers there will be more than happy to help you find a rifle and explain any questions you might have about them. Your biggest resource will be the CMP forums though. The key is get registered, and go on a day where they are releasing a new lot or have plenty of stock on hand, that way you are assured the rifle you want. When its time to buy, pay for the rifle and have them ship it to you. The CMP does NOT have to send it to an FFL they can send it directly to your door. Shipping is free and if you are out of state you can skirt the local taxes ( 7% ) which will save you quite a bit on a 900 dollar rifle. They ship Tuesdays and Thursdays I believe so you will receive it in a quickly. All in all just dont be afraid to ask questions and you will have a good experience there. On a side note they still have the best deal I can find on enbloc clips anywhere. Box of clips for 20 bucks and I think you get like 20-24.
another thing I forgot to mention. mail order is cool but you get what you get like the guy above. Just go there when they have a full stock of something you can afford and pick through until you find the right one.
basically a membership card to any of their CMP affiliated clubs will do it. ( by chance my local range is affiliated.)If you dont belong to one locally you can join one of their online clubs for around 25 bucks
Super bro tip incoming
If you're over sixty you don't have to prove the marksmanship obligation(the only real pain in the ass when ordering from the CMP). This is where your father, uncle, or old Randy next door come into play.
>does registering myself in the government funded program and having myself placed on the major top watch list for the government agencies to look up and getting a firearm that is tagged and registered with the government program worth it guys?
Gee I don't know
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 following:
Current or past military service.
Current or past 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 instructor).
Distinguished, Instructor, or Coach status.
Concealed Carry License.
Firearms Owner Identification Cards that included live fire training. - 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. Complete the CMP Marksmanship Form to certify your range firing and the required marksmanship related activity for an individual to purchase from the CMP.
if you're that skidish then use cmp pricing to low ball the shit out of fuckers selling what is most likely cmp m1s at gunshows.
tell them you'll pay 600 bucks for the rifle and 50-100 for going through the trouble of waiting for the rifle
Do the paperwork first and verify with them that all is in order before you drive or your drive will be in vain. Is it worth finding rifle in pic related versus having some one pick it out for you?
As long as your paperwork is in order, that's all you need. Some states like Mass and Jew York you may still have to have it shipped to an FFL because of local laws.
>If your buying anything better than a field grade go to the store.
>CHECK SERIAL NUMBERS BEFORE YOU BUY,
>only drive to north store in spring or summer, not worth it in the winter. shits cold
>if your going to the south store, go NOW, they have a limited number of the 570$ garands that i just love.
Buying my CMP garand was one of my best decisions ive ever made
Highly recommend going to Camp Perry during the National matches in July. CMP stocks up and has extended hours plus you can watch some great shooting and even stay in a German POW hooch if you plan it right. Commercial row is pretty amazing too.
ive been, literally the best week of 2015.
They even had a few carbines in the actual CMP store. Of course, i bought one.
You should go to the Talledega 600, just outside the anneston store. Best range ive ever been to, and the facility is top notch.
The Google-fu is strong with this one, yes.
>mfw I live only an hour and a half away from the CMP store and the CMP range
>Than why are you on your computer? Go suck dick for money or something and buy yourself a M1 and a couple spam cans
but should i have my paperwork done to qualify in advance? I have a CPL so thats half of it, im gonna join that online gun club they advertise to meet the other requirement, can i just prove that to them the same day i drive down and be good to go?
So did I. Still waiting for my order to process.
I hope you enjoy your ping machine. They sent me the ammo I ordered already. On the site it just says my order is processing.
Am I in hell?