April 7, 2012Civilian Marksmanship Program▸Honored
Dear CMP Staff, I have had other M1 Garands but never one from the CMP. It occurred to me that i did not want to be a collector, just to enjoy shooting one and caring for a piece of American history. I ordered a field grade with a simple note for a low serial number in honor of my grandfather’s service in WW2 in the 28th division “the bloody bucket”. What I received was beyond my expectations. I opened the CMP rifle case and found a 1942 serial number, in GI wood, in what I see as service grade standards. To top it off, one forum member informed me that the “A” cartouche on the pistol grip was indicative of one of the USMC rebuild programs. As a Marine I am honored to receive such a fine rifle. I realize that I will probably never find my grandfather’s rifle, he left his somewhere in France after he was wounded and captured, but I will care for it as if it was. Your program can only be described as a tribute to the tradition of American Marksmanship and those who carried that defending our country.