Buy American

Posted by Lex, on September 2, 2010


I’ve always sort of wanted an M-1 Garand, the weapon that General George Patton called “the single greatest battle implement ever devised by man.”

Used to be you could get in a queue to purchase an M-1 from the Civilian Marksmanship Program, but by the time I had the unobligated scratch to purchase a rifle I couldn’t really use for anything much more than historical appreciation, the inventory started running dry. Plus, you never quite knew what you were going to get quality-wise, and that was before CMP started bidding the rifles at auction rather than selling them outright.

Anyway, whenever the fancy struck me, I always had something better to spend a thousand dollars on.

Turns out a supply of nearly 90,000 rifles that defeated fascism and militarism were to be made available for purchase here in the States. Re-imported from South Korea, where they have finally been made surplus.

Except that dad said no:

The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March – a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.

A State Department spokesman said the administration’s decision was based on concerns that the guns could fall into the wrong hands.

“The transfer of such a large number of weapons — 87,310 M1 Garands and 770,160 M1 Carbines — could potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes,” the spokesman told

“We are working closely with our Korean allies and the U.S. Army in exploring alternative options to dispose of these firearms.”

Dad promised us that he wouldn’t take our guns away. He never said that he’d let us buy new ones. After all, the peasants people aren’t to be trusted.

I probably still wouldn’t have bought one: 7.62x63mm is expensive, the rifle is heavy, I don’t hunt large game and for home defense purposes, it’d be over-kill. And I’m pretty sure that the All Girl Spending Team would have vetoed the purchase in any case.

But I would like to have the option of saying no.


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