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South Korea planning sale of 86,000 Garand rifles to US citizens

outh Korea's defence ministry has announced plans to sell up to 86,000 M1 Garand rifles to gun enthusiasts and collectors in the United States. Along with a reported 22,000 M1 carbine rifles, the total value of firearms for sale exceeds $100 million.

The U.S. government has approved the plan for sales of the rifles, which were originally given to South Korea as part of a U.S. aid program in the 1950's.

The M1 is reportedly the first semi-automatic rifle generally issued to the infantry of any nation and saw service in the U.S. military from 1936-1966, primarily during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Subsequently, the M1 became a highly sought after collectors item,
particularly through the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The U.S. military also sells surplus M1 rifles through the program.

A well-maintained Garand is both accurate and reliable, and the rifle is popular for hunting, target shooting, competitive shooting, military parades and reenactments as well as being prized collector pieces.

South Korea expects this sale to raise tens of millions of dollars.




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Kinda glad I don't have one yet (always wanted one) - they are pricey and this is going to knock some of those prices down
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Yes! I'm looking forward to picking up a Garand for Brianne and myself.

I was going to drive up to the CMP North shop soon to do this. Maybe I'll wait a bit and see what shows up from Korea!

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M1 Carbines are worthless.


I am guessing most will be interested in the 86,000 Garands...very curious as to what the grading will be on the rifles as well as what channel they are sold in and at what price point. Can the CMP handle this type of inventory?

Have always been interested in getting a real Garand as well as a .30 Carbine. Should make for a fun Spring.


Why do you say the .30 cal is worthless? I would think loaded with current HP bullets it would make a hell of a house gun. The ballistics are close to the .357 Mag, no?

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I am guessing most will be interested in the 86,000 Garands...very curious as to what the grading will be on the rifles as well as what channel they are sold in and at what price point. Can the CMP handle this type of inventory?

Have always been interested in getting a real Garand as well as a .30 Carbine. Should make for a fun Spring.


Why do you say the .30 cal is worthless? I would think loaded with current HP bullets it would make a hell of a house gun. The ballistics are close to the .357 Mag, no?
I concur that most of the interest would be for the Garands as well.

When one takes into consideration the overall size of the M1 Carbine, ammo capacity and ballistics of the .30 Carbine cartridge, there are much better alternatives. Not worth the money IMO. As far as modern ammo, I've read before that due to pressure constraints, they can't do a lot with that cartridge.

I still think the M1A has a value today though, even though it has a limited ammo capacity, the .308/.30-06 in that accurate of a platform is a deadly sniper weapon.

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