GUNS (sorta) - Rebuilt/reconditioned Daisy M853 Competition air rifles for $100 at the CMP
Thread DetailsLast Edited by jdpatt September 11, 2010 at 06:54 AM
These guns were mostly used by junior shooters in competitions and ROTC programs, possibly by some National Guard units, usually by younger shooters under direct adult supervision. They've been professionally rebuilt to like new, and are in fantastic condition. They are extremely accurate and easy to shoot.
Their ordering system is a little screwy, you have to mail or fax in the order form, you can't order these directly from the website or by phone. If you're close, you can drop by either of their stores in Ohio or Alabama and buy face to face. Ordering an actual firearm from them is a little bit of a hassle, you have to prove membership in a shooting organization among other things, but they're trying to fulfill their purpose of encouraging marksmanship among regular people, not trying to sell to dealers or undesirables, so they make you jump through a few hoops.
The CMP is an organization originally set up by the government to encourage civilian marksmanship and safety. They're currently independent of the US government, but still maintain a relationship with them. They promote gun safety and education, sponsor competitions, and sell surplus guns (mostly WW2 and earlier rifles and small bore rifles and airguns from ROTC and similar programs). I purchased a couple rifles from them in the past, and their quality, service, selection and prices are the best.
Info on the CMP
CMP Home page
Reviews of this rifle:
The CMP forums are down atm, but they're a good source of information on their organization, the history behind the guns they stock, competitive shooting, and gun safety and education.
If you're looking to step up, they've got some fantastic prices on .22 target guns here .
A note to those who would TC this because it's a gun thread. These are single shot, slow fire, small caliber guns with only one purpose; punching holes in paper. They are NOT designed to kill people, animals, or overthrow governments. This organization is dedicated to promoting gun safety and education, not about 100 round magazines or cyanide tipped, armor piercing bullets. Just a little healthy fun for kids and adults...think of golf, with more noise.
I put in an order for one, with the Monte Carlo stock, and really had a hard time talking myself out of buying two. They're a great deal, and when they're gone, they're gone, like most stuff CMP sells (they JUST ran out of M1 Carbines, after decades of selling them off and on as they came available).