Ceremonial Rifles & Static Display

The Ceremonial Rifle Program affords posts and departments an opportunity to add dignity and class to their honor guard details at events such as funerals or parades. Under Army regulations, the secretary of the army may conditionally loan not more than 15 excess M1 Garand rifles to an eligible organization. A formal written request, signed by the Post Commander, must be submitted to the National Programs Department which-after validating good standing – will forward it to the U.S. Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, Michigan. TACOM will accept no requests without written approval of AMVETS National Headquarters.

Forms may be requested from the National Programs Department and downloaded.

The Process:

Complete all forms listed below. Forms must be signed by the highest-ranking personnel at your post (Post Commander, Adjutant, or Quartermaster). Send a Written Request to national headquarters for verification that the organization is in ‘good standing.’ National headquarters will forward ‘good standing’ requests to the Army Donations Program at TACOM for processing. TACOM will send out Conditional Deeds of Gift (CDG) to be signed and notarized by the posts. Shipments will go out up to 4 weeks after the memo is received at TACOM. No CDG, No rifles! If everything is in order it will still take on average, four to six months.


The forms you need are:

  1. Checklist for Rifles
  2. Privacy Act Notice
  3. Certificate of Arms Storage
  4. Certificate of Compliance
  5. Ceremonial Rifle Inventory
  6. Ceremonial Rifle Return Inventory
  7. Triennial Certification
  8. Qualification Checklist for donation of Combat Material – VSO
  9. Static Annual Certificate
  10. Ammo and Accoutrement Info

Additional Resource:

Additional Resource:

TACOM Donations

AMVETS Ceremonial Rifle Flyer – This flyer has additional information. Blank Ammo must be requested from the Joint Munitions Command in Rock Island, Illinois ONLY AFTER YOU RECEIVE THE RIFLES.


6501 E. 11 Mile Road

Detroit Arsenal, MI 48397-5000

Direct Line: (586) 282-3295

Main Line (voicemail only): (586) 282-9861 Email: Usarmy.detroit.tacom.mbx.ilsc-donations@mail.mil

Note: Slings are not provided through the Donations Program Group. The slings are available through commercial sources. One source you may consider: (Providing this link does not represent endorsement of any products or services contained therein.) – Fulton Armory – www.fulton-armory.com

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