So is there any reason you didn't get a CMP Garand?
Just an observation, but WOW the CMP has something for everybody who loves and admires the M1 Garand. They have the best customer service around, and can even ship to your door if the store is too far away.
For the money, its hard to beat checking with them, and they got ammo and accessories too. Hat's, shirts, targets, slings, lots of stuff. But Dude, CAI ??
not me brother, I got to much faith in H&R, Springfield, Winchester, and even IHC, to do that. Plus they got field grades, rack grades, special grades, collector grades.... There's always room on my rack for a CMP rifle, even a drill rifle here or there, I just couldn't see getting a CAI with all the options at the CMP.