Safe full of vintage M1 rifles stolen from VFW post (VIDEO)

Police in Ohio are on the case of a burglary that targeted a veterans’ organization and netted nine WWII-era M1 Garand rifles.

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the loss suffered by VFW Post 7200 in Farmington Township on Saturday night after a thief broke in through a cinderblock wall and left with three safes, containing not only the Army-owned rifles, used for ceremonies, but also an unreleased amount of cash.

“Obviously they’re valuable. They have sentimental value to those men who use them at the VFW Hall,” Trumbull County Detective Sergeant Mike Yannucci told local media about the rifles.

Bob Anspach, the post’s quartermaster, says eight of the guns were set up to fire blanks and called the loss “devastating.”

The Army’s Ceremonial Rifle Program is supported by the Civilian Marksmanship Program who services rifles for veterans’ groups. The Army previously advised an estimated 31,000 rifles are on loan to groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans. The military retains ownership of the firearms, distributes safety and storage guidelines, and ships blank rounds to groups for use in events such as memorial services and funerals. Organizations using such loaned rifles have to report their inventory every three years to the Army and inform the service of any losses within 24 hours.

Those with any information on the case are encouraged to contact the Trumbull County Sheriff at 330-675-7087.

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More