View Full Version : Free gov't rifle?

07-20-2006, 04:08 AM
Here is a wild question. I am not sure I believe this one, but I will ask if anyone knows, just in case. I recently met a guy, who is a big NRA guy and he seemed to be a knowledgeable fellow, on a business trip. We were talking about guns and the NRA and then he told me that there is a "program" in the U.S. in which the government must send you a free rifle if you request it. It is probably some sort of older rifle, if any at all, but does any program like this exist? He said he read it in a magazine and the program has to do with second amendment rights. I told him I have to see this to believe it. Is this guy a straight shooter or is he about as straight as a circle?

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; When the
government fears the people, there is liberty."- Thomas Jefferson

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will
look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." --
Mahatma Gandhi

Medula Oblongata
07-20-2006, 04:13 AM
The only thing remotely close to that is the Civilian Marksmanship Program CMP run by the Office of Civilian Marksmanship, Camp Perry Ohio. They will "sell" you a surplus M1 Garand, 1903 Springfield, Kimber 22, etc. but there are caveat's. One being you must belong to an affiliated club, you must undergo a marksmanship training program, and must shoot in one sanctioned shooting event.

The rifles are anything but free, and average about $600 for a "Greek issue" model m1. The springfields go for much more (none available currently, there is a waiting list) and the same for the Kimber 22.

If there is a program for a truly free rifle, however, this is the first I have heard of it (and I want one).