Rifles & Blank Ammunition

To go to the US Army M1 Garand Operation, Safety and
Maintenance website, click here.

To go to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) website page which also
contains information on the operation, safety and maintenance of
the M1 Garand, click here.

SAFETY WARNING FOR BLANK AMMUNITION
To view the safety message, click here.
Scroll down to view and download the updated M1 Garand Manual.
                  
                      
There are several steps involved in obtaining blank ammunition for use in funeral honors
and other ceremonies.  Prior to requesting the blank ammunition, it might help if you 
check on the status of your rifles.

You are required to inventory rifles you received from the Department of Defense (DOD) 
every 3 years.  If you have a static display (howitzer, tank, etc) that was provided by the
DOD, a certification form (with photos) is required annually indicating that you wish to
keep the display and that it is being maintained.  

Below are some of the forms you may need to complete:

Ceremonial Rifle Inventory-  If you haven't submitted an inventory to the United States Army
Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command 
(USATACOM LCMC), Warren, Michigan, you may need to submit one.

Annual Certification- This form is completed and submitted each year (along with the appropriate
photos) that your Post maintains a DOD provided static display such as a howitzer, tank, etc.

Privacy Act Notice-  If the information you submit includes a member's personal data,
they may be asked to complete this form.

It should be noted that Posts are only authorized to have fifteen (15) DOD issued rifles.
If your Post has more than 15 rifles, you will probably be asked to turn in the excess
rifles.  As with an out of date rifle inventory, you may not be allowed to request blank
ammunition until you have turned in any excess rifles.

Additionally, if you were not issued rifles by the DOD, you WILL NOT be able to obtain
blank ammunition from the US Army Joint Munitions Command (USA JMC).

For a brochure on the Ceremonial Rifle, Army Donations Program, click here.

To Request Ceremonial Rifles:
Create a letter on Post letterhead with the following information:

-Post address (not PO Box), phone number and contact person.
-Numbers of active members in Post.
-Number of rifles desired (up to a maximum of 15).
-The letter must be signed by the current Post Commander or Adjutant.

Once created, send the letter to:

American Legion National Headquarters
ATTN: Executive Director
1608 K Street NW
Washington, D.C.  20006

For questions call:  1-202-861-2700

Once the National office endorses the request, it will be forwarded to the
US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.  An eligibility package
will then be sent to the Post.  Once the package is completed and returned
to TACOM, it takes approximately 90 days for rifles to be shipped.  Currently
only M1 Garands are being issued for ceremonial use.

To Request Blank Ammunition:
Create a letter on Post letterhead with the following information:

-Post address, phone number and email address (if available)
-Home delivery address (Does not need to be the Post Commander or Adjutant's)
-Phone number for the home delivery address.
-Quantity of blank ammunition and/or clips needed:
    -Blanks come 1,240 per case.  Posts will order by case.  Two (2) case limit per order.
    -Clips come in multiples of 25.  One hundred (100) clip limit per order.
-The letter must be signed by the current Post Commander or Adjutant.

Once created, send the letter to:

American Legion National Headquarters
ATTN: Executive Director
1608 K Street NW
Washington, D.C.  20006

For questions call:  1-202-861-2700

Again, if your rifle inventory is not current, you will not be allowed
to request blank ammunition.

Click here for the current M1 Garand Operation & Maintenance Guide. 

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Support for Veteran Organizations
The CMP will provide support to Veteran Organizations who have been issued rifles by USATACOM LCMC.
For advice, support, information and Points of Contact (POC), click here.
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