South Korea to Pick Wholesaler for M1 Garand Sale

South Korea to Pick Wholesaler for M1 Garand Sale

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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.

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end, the Korean government will select a final bidder, which will then choose its U.S. partner company to sell the outdated rifles to the U.S. gun enthusiasts on- and offline, he said, declining to identify the candidate firms until the final announcement.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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9 Responses to “South Korea to Pick Wholesaler for M1 Garand Sale”

  1. any news on the M1 sales in the U.S.?

  2. Lon J. Matulovich Says:

    Would love to buy one of each. Keep me updated.
    Thank You,
    L. J. Matulovich

  3. Mike Hopkins Says:

    Please keep me updated.

    Thanks,
    Mike

  4. Looking to purchase a M1 Garand and possibly a carbine at those prices. Keep me updated.
    Thank You,
    Anthony

  5. John Cook Says:

    Any news on the the omportation of these fine weapons?

  6. what happened

  7. I think this is going to be all for naught. I read somewhere that the commie in the white house is going to ban these sales if he hasn’t already.all the while working behind the scene to sign a treaty with the u.n. to ban all small arms in the U.S.

  8. U.S. State Department (Clinton & Obama) a few months back stopped this deal from going through.

  9. I just got a notice today from Townhall.com that the Obama administration put a ban on the re-importation of Korean war era M1s from South Korea.

    NRA Video here: http://nagr.org/M1garand.aspx?pid=th7

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