I have two Garands - one is a “new” one from CMP - a “Special Rack Grade” that they’re selling for $650: new Criterion barrel, new stock (stained but not completely finished), decent hard case, free shipping. The receiver has pitting, but they put a finish on it, so you can’t really tell. Also had a brand new repro sling and one clip. Bought some new manufacture CMP ammo (Garand spec) to go with, and got empty clips/cardboard/bandoliers from an online seller.
My other one I got back in '85, and it has a civilian manufacture receiver (FedOrd) and the rest is surplus parts. I did get a Criterion barrel a while back, partly because the headspace had never been done right between the military barrel and the civilian receiver. Not my first choice, but at the time I wanted to shoot Garand matches, and this was all I could afford.
I could stand to replace the wood on that one. There used to be some synthetic stocks around, but I can’t find a current one. I know - some people think this is terrible and heresy. But I wouldn’t use this in CMP matches; I have a bad shoulder and would like to take some weight off; I’d like to play with Cerekote on the rifle.
I’ve looked on other forums, but it seems asking this question results in flames and not actual information. MCARBO folks have always been polite, so I’m asking here.
Thanks in advance.
P.S. - CMP is still selling these rifles. I talked to the armorer today, and they say they’ll keep building them until the Progressives tell them to stop…