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Update on Korean Garands

It looks like the .gov has unfucked itself and they will be imported:

The U.S. is set to import antiquated firearms from South Korea that were previously banned from entry, officials here said Thursday.

Defense ministry officials said the United States has approved imports of M1 Garrand rifles, which were used by U.S. forces during the 1950-53 Korean War.

“The U.S. sent an approval letter in September last year,” a ministry official said. “The U.S. will be willing to review legal procedures once we seek to export the rifles.”

The official added that an exporter will be selected in an open bid at the end of this month at the earliest.


14 Responses to “Update on Korean Garands”

  1. Jeff the Baptist Says:

    The story should read “Korea successfully steals from US.” The reason the US wasn’t letting those rifles in is because they’re US government property and we weren’t going to pay people for something we actually own.

  2. mikee Says:

    US Gov property that was deemed a consumbable item, used beyond its expected life, and cared for, stored, and refurbed by the Koreans. Those rifles were given to the Koreans as surplus to the needs of the US military. They could have been sold through DCM to US citizens before this, I suppose, but instead the US thought the Koreans might find a use for them that would be in the interests of US foreign policy. Do you expect the bullets that went with the guns are all accounted for, as well?

    Let the guns be sold through DCM or Interarms or Century International to US civilians for collecting and entertainment and sporting and self-defense purposes!

  3. Jeffrey H Says:

    I think they should sell them through the CMP since those guys are running out of Garands and have already run out of M1 Carbines.

  4. falnfenix Says:

    i agree with Jeffrey – sell them through the CMP.

  5. DaddyBear Says:


    Although I suppose that I should start stocking up on M2 ball now. More guns and shooters on the market is going to mean that CMP’s supply is going to get tight.

  6. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Whoever gets them, they’ll be priced within a few bucks of the CMP, I think. But then again, if it’s a Private Dealer, then there is less paperwork to get one.

    Just too bad 30-06 Ammo is so high.

  7. Hartley Says:

    I’m with Daddybear – stock up on surplus 30-06 now, because it won’t be around much longer. 30 Carbine surplus disappeared long ago, unfortunately.

    On the plus side, once it goes away, we’ll probably see cheap steel-case ’06 from Russia/E.Europe.

  8. Shawn Says:

    I read the article. Does that mean only M1 Garands but none of the M1 carbines? Because there are like 770,000 carbines in korea and the amount of garands are only like 1/10 the amount of carbines they have.

    It would be nice for them to ALL be imported but from I’m reading its only going to be a chunk.

    Or am I wrong in some way or not reading this right?

  9. Stretch Says:

    “The official added that an exporter will be selected in an open bid at the end of this month at the earliest.”

    I take that to mean an exporter will be selected once donations to Obama’s re-election campaign have been received and counted.

  10. HiddenHills Says:

    Hopefully they will select more than one exporter, although I doubt it.

  11. DirtCrashr Says:

    I hope there are some International Harvesters among them…

  12. Trent D. Says:

    This is a partial victory at best.

    The State Department blocked the import of 600,000+ M1 Carbines because they have detachable “high capacity” magazines.

    Let’s not stop pushing until they all come home!

  13. Owen H. Says:

    Why do any of you believe what the government of S. Korea is saying? They want to sell weapons that they have no right to sell. By rights they should be returning these weapons to us for free, so that Congress could allow them to be sold through the CMP. Instead S.Korea is trying to sell back to us weapons we gave them, and you folks want to pay them for the privilege!

  14. Phillip McGregor Says:

    Orest Michaels, head of the CMP, has stated if the rifles come here it WILL NOT BE THROUGH THE CMP. Quit beating that dead horse!

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