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  • First time Visit, first time post

    Hello All,

    As the title states, this is my first post. I've been lurking, and reading posts here for a little while, and have been hoping for an opportunity to visit the South Store (I live in Houston, TX).

    Unexpectedly, I am able to make a last minute, trip with my son to the CMP South Store this week. I am aiming to drive out tomorrow, and be there Friday morning. I have a few questions, because I want to make the most out of this trip:

    1. I am looking to buy a M1 that could be a good shooter. I don't plan on using the rifle often, but like the CMP1911 I was lucky to purchase, I would like the option to do so. Is a Service Grade SA my best bet? Is there anything I should look for in particular? (this is a really open question I know)

    2. If I were to buy a second rifle, would a 1903, or a 1917 (if available) be generally preferable as a shooter? The price points seem similar.

    In summary, I am intrigued with the historical nature of these rifles. I am a 22 year retired Navy vet, and have always had a soft spot for history and historical items in general. To have the opportunity to purchase a piece of history that can also shoot safely is amazing to me.

    Thanks to all in advance!

  • #2
    South Store Trip

    You will find the staff friendly and helpful. Best if you can print all your paperwork before arriving; they can notarize on site. You should have no problem finding a great shooter with some “character”. Don’t forget to go by TMP; you will definitely be impressed. Enjoy your trip and buy what you can while it is available.


    • #3
      Hi P3SAR,

      Sir, first of all a BIG thanks for your service!

      Please make sure you make the time to visit the CMP range as it is a Olympic quality range & they usually have a nice selection of guns too!
      It's only about two or three exits away.

      Please have your paper work handy if you have bought a 1911 you have all in hand already.
      The armorers are ALL WAYS knolagable. Please write down exactly what you would like to bring home. They & the other customers will try to help you
      select the KEEPER!
      Don't be afraid to ask if they might have a few other rifles in the back, that might better fill your bill!
      If the armorers can help on any given day, they will usually go out of their way to put a big smile on your face.
      I'm a shooter not a serious collector. I want a nice 0 or 1 barrel & chamber. Others want various stock cartouches & markings, so we usually don't have a issue with each other too much. Pick up a bayonet or two if you can, they WILL cost more in a few years!
      I hope you have a secret stash of cash, because you just might have to get into it! I hope my wife never sells my firearms for what I told her I payed for them!
      You might want to bring some donuts for the staff, that usually puts a BIG smile on their faces!

      Good Luck & of course a safe trip up & back,
      Last edited by broomhandle; 02-24-2021, 06:33 PM.


      • #4
        Last restock at TMP consisted of a few rack grade specials for $650. For a value shooter I don’t think it gets any better than that.


        • #5
          Hello Shipmate, welcome aboard! I have been fortunate enough to acquire a Springfield 1903, a Remington 1903A3, and an Eddystone 1917 within the past two years. None from the CMP. Of the three, I gravitate toward the 03a3 as my bolt action shooter. Very smooth action and the peep sights mimic those of the M1 Garand. Both work well for my 56 year old eyes. The 1917 has a different set of sights, and it cocks on closing the bolt, so a more conscious manipulation of the bolt. My 1917 has an HS replacement barrel and is pretty accurate. My 03a3 is super accurate. Comes down to personal preference.

          And yes, get what you can while it’s available. No sense wasting that trunk space in your vehicle.

          Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk


          • #6
            watch the TE/ME numbers for sure. Those are written right on the hang tang.

            Also check the inventory report done by PH68, that will be helpful to you. They haven't had 1903's, and have had limited numbers of 1917's of late. Read the grade descriptions of the 1917's - it seems like SG is a better bet there.

            PH68 has noted that some of the SG TE/ME #'s have been higher than usual, so look at those. The staff will help you too.

            No doubt you can come away with a nice Garand that shoots well too.

            Bolt action will be whatever is in stock. Time is limited in the store, so you may to think ahead a little about what matters to you, and ask for help at the counter if need be.


            • #7
              Like others have mentioned, the staff at the CMP store is immensely helpful with purchasing the rifle you want. For a shooter, pay attention to muzzle and throat erosion measurements listed on the hang tag. I would suggest being there early before opening. Last trip I made, I was there at 5:30am and there was 5 people ahead of me in line. Best of luck on your search


              • #8
                Thank you all for the much appreciated advice. I will definitely plan to be there bright and early. Also, good points all around about asking and engaging with the staff to help find what I'm looking for. My main goal is a M1 that is a good shooter and interesting as well. I'll keep an eye to the throat and muzzle erosion.

                Does anyone know what the time limit in the store is? Thanks to all!


                • #9
                  The time limit is 30min. If no one is waiting you may be able to stay longer. You also may be able to come back later in the day. Don't miss the marksmanship park.


                  • #10
                    Thanks everyone.


                    • #11
                      Hope you had a good trip - I was just there last Saturday. 6 people at a time in the store - 30 minute limit. I got there at 7am and was 5th in line. There were 25ish people in line when they opened at 8.

                      I literally walked up to the counter and said "I would a good World War 2 shooter." Left with two Field Grade Springfields and a Smith Corona 1903A3. I swear the 1903 was rarely shot - it looks brand new and shoots like a dream. Good luck!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mhinsch View Post
                        Hope you had a good trip - I was just there last Saturday. 6 people at a time in the store - 30 minute limit. I got there at 7am and was 5th in line. There were 25ish people in line when they opened at 8.

                        I literally walked up to the counter and said "I would a good World War 2 shooter." Left with two Field Grade Springfields and a Smith Corona 1903A3. I swear the 1903 was rarely shot - it looks brand new and shoots like a dream. Good luck!

                        Ah yes. Mr. Smooth who didn’t get there early like the rest of us and still got in!


                        • #13
                          Work smarter....the Air Force way