I just attended my first CMP class last night...wasn't able to get childcare for the match today, but since the class was free I thought I'd check it out and see what there was to offer and get a chance to mess around with the M1-Garands. My interest in firearms is almost 100% survival and preparedness related (though as time goes on I am beginning to actually enjoy shooting more and more as a hobby/recreation) After I complete 1 match I will have the option to buy a surplus M1-Garand for about $500....which I understand is a deal? I think I would like to do that. But here are my questions: Is that a good deal? price wise. Is that a good "survival rifle". Currently the only rifles we have are an AR-15 .223 and a .22 Rifle. We know we need something with more knockdown power if we want to be able to "hunt" for anything larger than a coyote. I understand there are problems sourcing correct ammo for the Garands....so re-supplying ammo post SHTF would be problematic....If I was to enter the league of M1-Garand owners I would most likely pursue reloading capabilities...which is something I should probably do anyways...so this might just give me a good kick in the pants... If I buy from the CMP am I entering any sort of an understanding (either implied or direct) that I will be called upon by the military? What I mean is would I be more of a target if the military was looking to draft people last minute etc? I figure these are their guns, they KNOW who they are giving them to and they KNOW these people have basic knowledge of how to operate them... ya catch my drift? thanks for any insights. I'd also like to hear experiences good or bad from anyone who has done the CMP program. Thanks!