Shooting Sports USA - April 2018 - 28
FEATURE | GARAND
CMP cleans and inspects every rifle before
putting them in the sales racks, and assigns
prices based upon the individual rifle's
condition, which CMP grades as Rack Grade
(NRA Fair), Field Grade (NRA Good), Service
Grade (NRA Very Good) and CMP Special
(NRA Excellent). The CMP also sells "Correct"
and "Collector" grade Garand rifles.
Unfortunately for history buffs, CMP Chief
Operating Officer Mark Johnson said that
neither the Turks nor the Filipinos added their
own respective markings to the loaned rifles.
"They are indistinguishable from any other
Garand," he said. The CMP is not separating
or identifying the Turk or Philippine rifles in
any way before sale.
Yet, there are two intriguing historical
notes we can append to the Philippine
Garands, one is clearly in error yet may have
a kernel of truth in it somewhere, and the
second is perhaps a billion-to-one shot-but
still not entirely impossible.
First, a Wikipedia list of arms in
possession by the Philippines includes
36,930 M1C and M1D Garands. These
models, of course, are scoped sniper
variants of the Garand, and that number
is extremely unlikely, as it far exceeds the
known total number of M1C/M1Ds built.
However, one might imagine the possibility
that some of the approximately 2,600 M1Cs
loaned to the Philippines could be among
the recently repatriated Garands now
awaiting inspection in CMP crates and racks.
PHOTOS BY ART MERRILL
There is no lack of information,
parts and accessories available for
the M1 Garand competitor.
APRIL 2018 | SSUSA.ORG