You will be looking for the checkbook after you see JFK’s M-1 Garand which will be auctioned off in September.
If you are the kind of person who is interested in guns, shooting, and history, you are in luck. Rock Island Auction announced this week that coming up in its next auction on September 11, 12, and 13 will be none other than JFK’s M-1 Garand.
If you are not familiar with this amazing rifle, it was purchased by then Senator John F. Kennedy in 1959 through a program known as the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM), now called the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).
The program was established to get high quality, match-grade rifles into the hands of certain citizens as well as opened up a number of military shooting ranges to those citizens to allow them to train with their rifles.
In 1959 Senator Kennedy was “randomly” selected to receive one of these rifles and what he got was a masterpiece. The M-1 Garand, manufactured by U.S. Springfield Armory was again “randomly” selected, but one could argue that there was nothing random about it.
Instead of being sold a basic rack-grade M-1 like most who were selected to buy one, the one he purchased was actually an early six million serial number Type 1 NM M-1 Garand.
And not only is it a higher grade of M-1 but it was also “randomly” selected to be sent to MSG Raymond Parkinson, an Army gunsmith who then made a few more modifications to the gun, which were detailed in the following letter.
And along with these changes, the auction and gun also includes a custom-made wooden rifle case that was specifically crafted for this rifle, along with all letters of correspondence about the rifle.
This is a one-of-a-kind deal and if you want to come out of the auction victorious, you are going to have to dig deep into your bank account. Early auction estimates put the selling price anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000.
Go check it out today; Even if you can’t afford to do any bidding, you can still enjoy the beauty and history of JFK’s M-1 Garand.
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