Re: CMP Garands
I have a Service grade H&R and love it. The only difference in the Field and Service grades is throat and bore erosion. The other items of condition vary wildly and getting what you get via shipping is luck of the draw. If you go to one of the stores (Camp Perry, OH and Oxford, AL) you can pick through what they have and choose YOUR M1. If at all possible, budget some dinero to buy M2 Ball ammo from the CMP at the same time. (Off the shelf 30-06 can be too hot for the M1 and can damage the op-rod.) Ammo prices at the CMP have gone up quicker than prices on rifles.
BTW, I'm not too far from the Oxford store. If you go, let me know and I'll buy you a beer.
FIELD GRADE: (Fair to Good)
Field Grade Rifles. Most of these rifles have been refinished or rebuilt at least once while in military service and will likely have some parts from other manufacturers. Fair to good condition. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the finish; there may be some minor pitting on the metal parts; wood will be basically sound but may be well used with minor hairline cracks, and many dings, scratches and gouges; wood may not match in color, type of wood or condition. These rifles may have some foreign parts and wood may be Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety. Rifles do not have import marks. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections; the barrel crown may be nicked, and the muzzle may gauge more than “3” on muzzle gauge. The Throat Erosion will gauge less than 5 – well within US Army standards. Do not expect rifles in mint condition in this grade.
SERVICE GRADE: (Good to Very Good)
Service Grade Rifles show less wear and better appearance than Field or Rack Grades. Good to very good condition. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the parkerized finish. There may be some minor pitting on the metal parts. Wood will be either Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety and will be basically sound but may have minor hairline cracks, dings, scratches and gouges. Wood may not match in color or type of wood. Wood may be of new production on Service Grade Garands. Bores will be generally good with only minor imperfections. The barrel crown may be nicked, but the muzzle will gauge "3 or less" and the throat erosion will gauge less than 5.
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