Go to www.odcmo.com;
the process is spelled out pretty good. At the time I have my C&R FFl, so all I had to do was join a CMP affaliated club. Check out the ATF website for details on the C&R FFL; it basically allows you to buy Militay Surplus rifles. Also if you are military, ex military, or law enforcement the rules are a little different. If you dont want to do the events; which I think is required to purchase just get the C&R FFL. It cost $30 and takes about a month. The form is very simple to complete and if you can legally own a firearm you can get a C&R. The CMP does have a lot of red tape, but it is not that bad and the M1's are great! I bought the rack gread for $425 and it shoots great. I did have to replace the stock with a Boyds replacment but that only cost $110 from Midway USA. Sure beats paying $800 to $1,000 for the same thing at Cabelas. I have asked and the get all the M1's from the CMP.