Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Surplus M1 Carbine Rifles Are For Sale At The Civilian Marksmanship Program
Buy a fine semiautomatic American combat rifle now, before Obama realizes that the Government has turned over U.S. military rifles to the Civilian Marksmanship Program to sell to Americans.
He's busy with other important things now, like going to Copenhagen to bring the Olympics to Chicago. These make excellent collector's pieces, with the added benefit of being able to use them for personal defense at a reasonable price.
A limited number of M1 carbines loaned by us to foreign governments, and just returned to us are available for sale from the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The CMP is the sales agency for this authentic and legitimate government surplus.
Inland, Underwood, Winchester, National Postal Meter, Standard Products, and Saginaw M1 Carbines are available for a limited time for $419.00 to $625.00, depending on manufacturer.
There are the CMP requirements to buy one of these workhorse battle tested classics.
Only U.S. Citizens are eligible to buy our own surplus rifles from the CMP.
Other than hitting the target every time, this is the only gun control policy that could ever be considered "common sense gun control" because our tax dollars originally paid for these guns, and they should be rightfully returned to American citizens only.
Other requirements are the usual rifle purchase ones. Your application information will be checked against the FBI National Instant Criminal Check System (NICS), but you don't have to fill out the normal 4473 form.
Additionally, you must provide a copy of a U.S. birth certificate(Could Obama do this?), passport, or any other official government document that shows birth in the US. You must provide proof of age, and membership in a CMP affiliated organization. There are many easy to find clubs that you can join online for as little as $25.00. You must show proof of marksmanship or other firearms related activity. This can include proof of current or past military service, organized marksmanship activities, or proof of holding a concealed weapons permit. No marksmanship proof is needed for those over 60.
In describing the M1 Carbine, The CMP gives this background.
"The M1 Carbine was designed primarily to offer noncombat and line-of communications troops a better defensive weapon than a pistol or submachinegun, with greater accuracy and range, but without the recoil, cost, or weight of a full power infantry rifle. The Carbine was also easier for less experienced soldiers and smaller framed people to fire than the .30 calibre infantry rifle of the day. The carbine was more convenient to carry for officers, NCO's, or specialists encumbered with weapons, field glasses, radios, or other gear. Tankers, drivers, artillery crews, mortar crews, and other personnel were also issued The M1 Carbine in lieu of the heavier M1 garand. Belatedly, a folding stock version of the M1 carbine was developed, after a request was made in mid 1942, with initial priority given to troops in the European Theatre of War."
At the end of WWII, and at the beginning of occupation of Germany, the United States helped rearm the German Police. There was a policy of using non-German manufactured firearms for them. CMP has a limited number of M1 Carbines used by the German Police. They are marked as used by the Bavarian Prison Guard, Bavarian Forestry Police, Bavarian Rural Police, Bavarian Game Warden, Bavarian Rural Police, and Bavarian Municipal Police.
The CMP has a limited number of M1A1 paratrooper models with folding stocks for sale by auction. Some 140,000 were made by Inland Manufacturing from 1942 to 1944, played a big role in the D-Day paratrooper assaults, and come up for sale fairly rairly.
As a historical note, the M1 Carbine was also modified and redesigned as the M2 Select fire
sub machine gun for use with the 30 round magazine. Many of these saw action with the marines in the South Pacific. These are not available from CMP, but are through Class 3 dealers after obtaining a special BATF license and paying a transfer fee. These can cost from $3,500.00 to $6,500.00 or more.
Each M1 carbine sold by CMP is an authentic U.S. Government rifle that has been inspected, head spaced, repaired, if necessary, and test fired for function. Orders are filled on a first come, first served basis. Prices are subject to change without notice, but paid orders already in at the time of price increases are usually honored.
Magazines are plentiful at this time from many retailers and at gun shows. 50 Round boxes of ammunition are available at about $25.00 at your friendly, neighborhood Walmart.