Back in September of 2009 there was word that South Korea was going to sell back M1 Garands and Carbines to the US, which we initially gave to them to help fight the Korean War. However, shortly afterwards the Obama administration shot that down along with the hopes of many collectors to get their hands on the new influx of M1 Garands and Carbines.
Looks like things have changed, 86,000 M1 Garands were approved for importation according to Lee Sun-chul, a deputy defense minister for force and resources management in Korea. However the Obama administration has still blocked the proposal to import 600,000 M1 Carbines because they have a magazine that can “carry multiple rounds”. I kid you not.
With the money that Korea will make from offloading M1’s to America they’ll be purchasing locally made K2 rifles. There’s still no word on how much these Korean War workhorses will go for, or even where we can buy them.