The Civilian Marksmanship Program may receive 86,000 repatriated M1 Garand rifles from the Philippine government.
According to an M1 Garand collectors group, a large group of loaned rifles are being processed by the U.S. Army to be shipped back to the United States.
Mark Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the CMP, told The Firearm Blog that the rifles could be shipped back for distribution to American civilian shooters.
“There are 86,000 or so M1’s hopefully coming back to the Army,” he said. “We hope to see them in the future.”
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a U.S. government-chartered program that promotes firearm safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens.
The majority of the CMP’s funding comes from the sale of Army-donated surplus firearms to qualifying members of the public.
Throughout the Obama administration, efforts to bring back surplus donated military rifles from overseas have been blocked. As a result, many widely-used variants of the M1 Garand have been sold out on the CMP’s website.