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Old January 7, 2013, 09:10 PM   #8
kraigwy
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Has any other nation sold us back rifles that we lent them? Or more importantly are there any countries left that have loaned rifles that could go through the CMP in the future? Preferably after the obama administration. Or was Greece the last one?
First, I want to keep this NON-POLITICAL, let me say this has nothing to do with Obama, or any other president except Teddy Roosevelt. The CMP and its father, the DCM are congressional programs pushed by Teddy Roosevelt in 1903-4. Other then Teddy Roosevelt no president that I am aware of has been very much involved except to sign what ever bill the program was attached to.

From the start the program was run by the Army under the Division of Civilian Marksmanship. The DCM program was funded by tax dollars, and like any other government program had to fight for funding every year. The DCM was constantly undermanned/under staffed.

In 1996 (Title 36 U. S. Code, 0701-40733) The program was change, not so much on its mission but it was turned over to Civilian Management, what we call the CMP or Civilian Marksmanship Program. The CMP does not receive any federal funds or tax dollars. They are totally funded by their sales.

They have much better staffing.

To give you an example, when I got my final leg points, it took nearly two years to get my Distinguished Rifle Badge under the DCM. Now days, you travel to a match, earn points, and they paperwork will beat you home.

Another example, I got my M1 through the DCM in 80/81. It was a once in a life time deal then, now I think you're limited to 12 per year.

Not blaming the DCM, they were understaffed but did an excellent job for 90 years.

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I don't know of any other country that SOLD BACK guns we loaned them. Many countries besides Greece returned the borrowed weapons to the Army who turned them over to the DCM/CMP. The CMP is not directly involved in getting these guns from any other then the Army.
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