Shooting Sports USA - April 2018 - 27
PHOTO BY JOHN PARKER
Springfield Armory's Justin Petrick takes aim with an M1 during the inaugural match at Talladega Marksmanship Park.
HISTORY FOR SALE
PHOTO BY NRA
These Garands loaned to Turkey and the
Philippines remained the property of the U.S.
Army, and repatriation occurred through that
organization. Repatriation was desirable for
all the nations involved, as keeping the nowobsolete rifles in useless storage cost money
and risked loss (indeed, it is likely that many
of the Filipino NPA Garands were stolen
from storage). The modern U.S. Army has no
use for the semi-auto Garand chambering
an obsolete military cartridge limited to an
eight-round magazine capacity, so the rifles
went to CMP under its government charter to
sell them as military surplus. Profits from the
sales support the organization financially.
With all history aside, the condition of
these repatriated Garands is a matter of
pragmatism for those eligible citizens who
will be purchasing them. Turkey, for the most
part, has an environment that is more arid
than the Philippines, which is both tropical
and widely exposed to salt air from proximity
to the ocean. It's natural to expect that the
Turkish Garands will be in much better overall
condition than the Filipino M1s. However,
One of the most widely produced
rifles in U.S. history, over 6 million
M1 Garands were manufactured.
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