When I took my trip to the Deep South a few weeks ago to go do my part against the wild hog population, I also crossed another item off my gun bucket list along the way. I purchased a gun from the CMP depot in Anniston, AL . . .
And not just any gun, a Service Grade M1 Garand manufactured in December 1942. She received a new barrel somewhere along the way and then didn’t appear to get much more exercise as the muzzle gauged at ½ and the throat gauged at 1 1/2. With a zero being brand new, and a five being plumb worn out, those numbers are spectacular. I have no way to verify whether this rifle saw action or not, but I’d like to think it did. And like I mentioned in my QOTD, I’m very much in love.
Nick wrote a really good primer on buying a CMP firearm that you should peruse if you haven’t already. Unfortunately, Nick didn’t make much mention of the “walk-up” program that the CMP runs. If you make it to one of their two depots, you can pick out your own Garand and have it shipped right to your door. And that my friends is worth the price of admission.
Coworkers of mine have waited months to receive a Garand that a CMP employee pulled off the rack at random. So if you’re serious about getting a Garand, you should go to the actual location and pick the one you want. Alabama is a beautiful state and this is a once in a lifetime experience.
So what will you need? All the things Nick mentioned and a smile. The people working the depot are seriously nice. Pick out your gun(s) – they’ll let you buy 12 per year – fill out some paper, hand over your documentation, wait for a background check to run, pay them and either take your gun home or have it shipped to you. A few days later, you’ll receive a FedEx shipment with your gun inside a pretty green case that lets everyone know just how special you are.
I hope the pictures help you enjoy this as much as I did. Put it on your bucket list, and make the trip. You absolutely will not regret it.