October 12, 2009

South Korea to Pick Wholesaler for M1 Garand Sale

SEOUL, S. Korea -- The Korea Times has reported that planned exports of aging U.S. combat rifles will begin this year when two successful wholesalers are selected by the governments of South Korea and the United States, an official at the Ministry of National Defense said October 12.

Last week, the ministry announced a plan to sell more than 100,000 M1 Garand and carbine rifles used during the Korean and Vietnam wars to American gun collectors as part of an effort to boost its defense budget.

The Seoul government has already selected six preferred bidders to export the rifles, while the U.S. government has picked four domestic bidders after it recently approved a proposal made by South Korea in 2006 to sell the weapons back to the United States, the official said.

Courtesy Ray Ordorica, Gun Tests Magazine

Courtesy Ray Ordorica, Gun Tests Magazine


Gun Tests magazine is reviewing four M1s in its December 2009 issue.

By the year's end, the Korean government will select a final bidder, which will then choose its U.S. partner company to sell the outdated rifles to the U.S. gun enthusiasts on- and offline, he said, declining to identify the candidate firms until the final announcement.

Since the ministry revealed the sale of the rifles, most of which have been mothballed for about five decades in military warehouses, U.S. gun collectors have shown a keen interest in buying the classic rifles.

A total of 86,000 M1 rifles and another 22,000 carbines will be sold, according to the ministry, which estimates their expected sale price at $220 and more than $140, respectively.

South Korea earned more than $20 million from the first shipment.

M1s were made first in 1926 and used in World War II and the Vietnam War. The carbines were first produced in 1941 and used during the 1950-1953 Korean War.











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Comments (18)

This article was written in 2009. How about updating it, sheeesh.

Posted by: Bayman | May 31, 2011 1:10 PM    Report this comment

This article was written in 2009. How about updating it, sheeesh.

Posted by: Bayman | May 31, 2011 1:07 PM    Report this comment

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ON HOW TO PURCHASE A M 1 GARAND FORM KOREA AND HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST THANK YOUR

Posted by: BELIEVE | May 31, 2011 10:16 AM    Report this comment

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ON HOW TO PURCHASE A M 1 GARAND FORM KOREA AND HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST THANK YOUR

Posted by: BELIEVE | May 31, 2011 10:16 AM    Report this comment

I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHERE TO PURCHASE ONE OF THESE FINE RIFLES

Posted by: BELIEVE | May 31, 2011 10:15 AM    Report this comment

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ON HOW TO PURCHASE A M 1 GARAND FORM KOREA AND HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST THANK YOUR

Posted by: BELIEVE | May 31, 2011 10:11 AM    Report this comment

Are the M1 Garands in Korea going to be sold and if so, does anyone know who will be selling them?

Posted by: Bayman | November 13, 2010 10:06 AM    Report this comment

Are the M1 Garands in Korea going to be sold and if so, does anyone know who will be selling them?

Posted by: Bayman | November 12, 2010 8:40 PM    Report this comment

Are the M1 Garands in Korea going to be sold and if so, does anyone know who will be selling them?

Posted by: Bayman | November 12, 2010 8:37 PM    Report this comment

"Big Uncle (Sam)" Loaned me a M1 from '58 to '61. Regretfully I didn't get to keep it. If this deal goes through maybe I can have one (or 2 or 3 !) again. A truly great rifle.

Posted by: Allesfixer | September 28, 2010 6:00 PM    Report this comment

thanks bullet store for putting it so elequently about what our elected officials HAVEN'T done to get anti "ARMS"(the right to keep and bear ARMS) bills, decisions, opinions, ect. off from the books; but that just goes to prove my point; WE ellect them to represent us and if enough people do what i do; which is to keep in daily contact with them through e-mails and phone calls, then they start to realize that if they don't do what is right by their constituants, then they stand to be impeached or voted out. i have had problems that have been solved this way and i think that we have the best government system in the world; we just need to do continual maintenance on it to KEEP it working. CALL OR WRITE YOUR REPS, AND DO IT OFTEN. GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.

Posted by: 1POpatriot | October 17, 2009 11:42 PM    Report this comment

The majority of law abiding citizens of the USA elected Bush, Clinton, another Bush, and Barry Soetoro. They all hate guns, and don’t trust citizens with guns. Any President can set aside any executive order of a previous President. Neither Bush nor Soetoro has decided to set aside the Clinton order. Nor has Congress amended the act establishing the CMP to include disposition of 7.62 caliber rifles in addition to .30 caliber rifles, never mind pistols or any other surplus material from government such as HMMWVs. The truth is that most in government are statists, they don’t respect, trust, or even like folks like us who are reading this blog. Read your Bible, it has always been this way and I dare say it will always be this way. The founders of this great nation were an anomoly in human history, not to be repeated for another 10,000 years.

Posted by: Bullet Store | October 17, 2009 7:01 PM    Report this comment

why is it that we, as law abiding U.S. citazens don,t insist that our reps in government allow the firearms that we paid for through tax dollars be returned to us/M1/A1/M14

Posted by: 1POpatriot | October 17, 2009 11:43 AM    Report this comment

Looks like Korea politicked an exemption to the Clinton executive order prohibiting sale in the U.S. at a profit of any military items gifted to a foreign government by the U.S. government. Normally items like this would only be eligible for scrap (as are all the M14’s, sob) or re-import and sale by the CMP. I assume ammo and spare parts are to follow.

It’s too bad that Chucky Schumer won’t agree that 7.62 and 0.30 are really the same caliber. If he would, then the CMP would be authorized to sell M14’s. As it is, they will all go to Captain Crunch.

Posted by: Bullet Store | October 16, 2009 8:13 AM    Report this comment

Garands were used some in VN as stated but almost exclusively by the ARVN. We did use a lot of carbines in VN especially the select-fire M2 version.

Posted by: lonedog | October 15, 2009 7:23 PM    Report this comment

I am drooling already.

Posted by: 1015811414 | October 15, 2009 4:26 PM    Report this comment

The M1 Garand was first made in 1936, not 1926 as stated in the article.

Posted by: 97th Signalman | October 15, 2009 8:20 AM    Report this comment

HOO BOY! Garands for $220 and carbines for $140? Dang! Wish that was the final retail price!

Gaviota

Posted by: Lee W | October 12, 2009 7:43 PM    Report this comment

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