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Old 05-26-2014, 09:54 AM
Mississippi Kid Mississippi Kid is offline
 
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Default South Store Report May 22 & 23

Just got back from a weekend in Alabama that included a trip to the South Store Thursday and Friday . There's not a lot to look at these days but there were a few field grades, lots of drill rifles and some mighty fine specials in both .30 caliber and .308 Win.

The field grades according to other reports are gone now so don't look at these pics and make the drive for a field grade. Field grades in the store today look much like the middle to high end rack grades of the 2006/2007 era. When some make it to the racks, they don't last long. Two of the HRA's had GAW stocks with visible cartouches in all the right places.

The drill rifles are a sad bunch. I did not go through any of the presentation drill rifles but saw one another customer had and the weld was fairly large. The plastic stocked drill rifles are just parts guns only as the welds are just big globs in the op rod track , under the receiver , chamber filled , follower rails and a tacked gas plug & gas cylinder and lots of heat damage.

The wood stocked drill rifles are the better deal because at least you get a set of usable wood and the parts are somewhat less worn but are still just a parts gun as all have a horrible cut under the breech through the receiver bottom up into the barrel six to ten inches in length. I found a 4.3 SA drill rifle with the correct barrel that had zero wear inside the rails inside the receiver .Might be worth the $345.00 if you have a barreled receiver and a bolt needing a parts kit.

One can order a special without worry and be proud to receive a beautiful rifle . I noticed more 4.2 & 4.3 SA's on the special racks than I ever have seen at CMP on any other visit.

It was great to visit with Leon again. It was good to meet Rob and spend time discussing the rifles with such a knowledgeable student of the Garand. And as always it was good to shake hands with Orest and thank him and all the staff for all they go through to make it possible for us to have a South Store and CMP.

And now the pictures.

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Enjoy.

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Old 05-26-2014, 10:12 AM
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Thanks for the report and pics.
Looks like the drills are the up and coming thing. Sadly though.

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Old 05-27-2014, 08:37 PM
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What was in the crates in picture 8?
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:42 PM
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What was in the crates in picture 8?
Nothing.
These are a limited quantity of wooden ammo boxes sent back by the Greeks and which contained HXP Rounds.
LC boxes sold for $5 and WRA for $20...for sale in-store only.

Further info found in this Ask Orest thread:
http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=138306
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:49 PM
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Just got back from a weekend in Alabama that included a trip to the South Store Thursday and Friday.
It was good to meet Rob and spend time discussing the rifles with such a knowledgeable student of the Garand.
Yes sir and same here...pleasure to meet and spend time with you as well. Certainly hope to meet up with you again.
Great run-down and pictures!

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Old 05-28-2014, 08:50 AM
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Those wood crates make nice cabinets for storing dies and reloading "stuff" that you use. Couple of hinges and a magnetic catch are all it takes.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:13 PM
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It's damn sad that the pickins are so slim these days. Since I've gotten my Garand I've told a lot of people about the CMP and many of them are interested in picking one up and live within an hour or two of the south store.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:21 PM
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It's damn sad that the pickins are so slim these days. Since I've gotten my Garand I've told a lot of people about the CMP and many of them are interested in picking one up and live within an hour or two of the south store.
The first rule of fight club.....
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:13 AM
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The first rule of fight club.....
...is: You do not talk about Fight Club

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Old 05-29-2014, 10:16 AM
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When I say many, I mean, realistically, 6, and the likelihood that more than half of them will buy a garand before they're gone is slim. As someone that is enthusiastic about garands, I'd rather share the love than keep it for myself, but I'm not going to share it with everyone.
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