Here is one way to boost your country’s defence budget, sell your vintage military surplus to a viable market. That is exactly what South Korea is aiming to do with their stockpiles of vintage Korean War era weapons they have had mothballed for many years. They’re aiming at selling their surplus rifles to collectors in the US. These weapons were originally sent over to Korea as military aid and were used well into the Vietnam war. These rifles were kept in South Korean warehouses for over five decades, most of them are M1 Carbines and M1 Garand rifles used by American troops from WWII, the Korean War, and in Vietnam.
These rifles have become highly sought by collectors here in the US as the prices for original examples have steadily risen over the years. Some of these rifles in South Korea have been used occasionally since they were put into storage, mostly in training exercises with their reserve troops. Although the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine are still venerable weapons, the South Korean military has much more advanced firearms and more likely are making room, and money, for other expenditures. About 86,000 M1 Garands and about 22,000 M1 Carbines are expected to be imported into the US from South Korea. No word regarding pricing and who will carry these military workhorses have been released as of yet.