You should start by going to their site and downloading the forms. When the link opens scroll down the page and you will see where the forms to download are located.
1. For starters you must be a United States Citizen and have proof of that. Some discharge papers have a place where that is noted others do not. I recommend that you send proof of US citizenship just to be sure.
2. You must belong to an organization that is affiliated with the CMP. Most states have a state rifle and pistol assoc. that you can join. You can also meet that requirement by joining the Garand Collector's Association
3.You must provide proof of marksmanship participation by demonstrating one of the following:
Current or past military service.
Current or past law enforcement service
Participation in air rifle, pistol,air gun or shotgun competition (provide copy of results bulletin).
Completion of a marksmanship clinic that included live fire training (provide a copy of the certificate of completion or a statement from the instructor).
Distinguished,Instructor,or Coach status.
Concealed Carry License.
Firearms Owner Identification Card.
FFL or C&R license.
Completion of a Hunter Safety Course that included live fire training.
Certification from range or club official or law enforcemen officer witnessing shooting activity. A form for use in completing and certifying your range firing can be downloaded from the CMP website.
No proof required if over age 60.
4.Fill out the forms and send in $$$$$$.Be sure to get the Waiver notarized.
In the summer of 2003, the CMP revised the purchase forms and streamlined procedures for repeat customers. If you complete a new Universal Purchaser Certification and Agreement to buy a rifle from the CMP, signed before a Notary Public on or after July1,2003, you may for a period of three(3) years thereafter submit an application to purchase additional rifles, parts or ammunition without having the Purchase Certification and Agreement notarized -provided that the SHIP TO address on the order form remains exactly the same.
Although for repeat orders you will not have to have orms notarized, hard copy liability/order/certification formspages2a, 3a, and 4amust still be completed and sent to the CMP with original(wet)signatures. These orders may not be faxed or e-mailed.
After three years a new notarized Universal Purchaser Certification and Agreement will be required for any additional rifle purchase. Any change of address on the order form automatically will require a new notarized Universal Purchaser Certification and Agreement.
Please note that this streamlined procedure is available only to customers who have completed a notarized UniversalPurchaser Certification and Agreement. An application submitted on an earlier form (dated before summer 2003 or not titled Universal will still be processed by CMP, but for that transaction only; it will not be accepted for repeat sales.
Proof of citizenship, age, CMP-affiliated club membership and competitive shooting participation, and any copy of any license, permit, or Firearms Owner ID card required by your State or locality submitted with your initial Universal application will be kept on file by the CMP. If any item of proof above has expired, you must submit proof of current status with any subsequent application.
Now to debunk a few things. You do not have to jump through hoops. They will work with you in lots of ways. You do not have to join a "club", attend meetings and shoot your match at that club. The affiliated organization and shooting requirements are eperate things. They can however take place at a CMP affiliated club where you can shoot in a match.
If anybody has anammendmen to this post or a suggestion please post it and I will edit it. This is not intended to be the last answer in matters pertaining to purchasing a rifle from the CMP. I hope it helps answer some of the many questions that seem to keep popping up over and ove