CMP M1 Garand Update!

When we last left my CMP M1 Garand, it was having some problems with operating rod dismount. At first, I assumed that the cause of this was chance and operator error, because it didn’t seem like my operating rod was out of spec, but when the oprod dismounted twice more after I wrote and published the article, I knew something was wrong. I checked the operating rod tab again, and this time, it was too small. Well, crap. Fortunately, the CMP guarantees all of their rifles, so I contacted the Program’s customer service, and was directed to Lead Armorer Larry Champion, who immediately sent me a FedEx label and told me to put my operating rod and sales invoice in the box. He gave me the choice of either repairing or replacing the rod, and I chose the latter. Then, I took the operating rod to FedEx, had them package it and slap on a label, and off it went.

Just a week later, the package came back with a brand-new operating rod inside, and I mean brand new. The new operating rod looks like it came off the production line yesterday, with very little wear and fresh parkerizing. Coincidentally, the new operating rod also fixed the horizontal bent the old one had, as well. Success! Now, to take the gun to the range…

The Civilian Marksmanship Program replaced my operating rod with a brand new one, no questions asked, at no cost to me, and as timely as the shipping company allowed. It’s great to be able to tell you guys, my readers, that this company stands by the rifles they ship and will fix them if there is a problem! I would definitely recommend qualifying for and ordering a rifle from the CMP, if you are considering an American military classic like the M1!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Kevin Harron

    Good customer service is always nice to hear about. Looking forward to hearing about range time with it.

  • Bub

    The CMP are really great people to deal with. I have always found their customer service to be top notch.

  • John

    My CMP garand had the same issue. I sent it in to a company in Ohio that repairs garand op rods, they reformed it back to spec and I haven’t had any issues since. The problems didn’t start til nearly a year after I owned the rifle, so it never occurred to me to contact CMP about it.

  • DwnRange

    Checking the stock for marks along the op-rod path will generally show contact from op-rod movement after firing and may indicate a problem which “might” need attention, as in additional wood work is necessary on the stock to prevent another bent op-rod as binding can happen causing this issue too……

  • ostiariusalpha

    That’s fantastic news! A Garand that pretty deserves a good oprod. You have to fill us in later on how your warhorse shoots.

  • Any word on the CMP M1911s?

  • Michael Frazier

    I had the same problem with my CMP Correct Grade H&R Garand. Turned out the end of the op rod was chipped – that’s all it took. I sent the op rod back, and they sent me an H&R one, so my gun would remain Correct Grade. This was after I had the gun for a few years, so I was grateful for the good customer service!