M1 GarandWiki info
The M1 Garand (officially designated as U. S. rifle, caliber . 30, M1, later simply called Rifle, Caliber . 30, M1, also abbreviated as ... Read more US Rifle, Cal. . 30, M1) is a semi-automatic rifle chambered for the . 30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge. It was the first standard-issue semi-automatic rifle. Called "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S. Patton, the Garand officially replaced the bolt-action M1903 Springfield as the standard service rifle of the United States Armed Forces in 1936 (although the switch was not instantaneous) and was subsequently replaced by the selective-fire M14, starting in 1957. During World War II, the M1 gave U. S. forces a distinct advantage in firefights against their Axis enemies, as their standard-issue rifles were more effective than the Axis' slower-firing bolt-action rifles. The M1 continued to be used in large numbers until 1963 and to a lesser degree until 1976. Like its predecessor, the M1 originated from the Springfield Armory. Today, the M1 remains in use for drill purposes.Read less
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