Text Box: While going through my “trade goods” the other day getting ready for the next TMCA show I just happened to look down at my M-1 Garand rifle, which is not for sale, and it struck me with its familiar look and the   stories that it must be able to tell.  Mine MIGHT have been in a ROTC armory for many years and before that carried in such places as the Kasserine Pass, Normandy, Tarawa, Bastogne, The Aleutians, Iwo Jima, Po Valley, The Phillipines, Bougainville, in the hedge rows, Mt. Cassino, the Chosen Reservoir, Battle of the Bulge, or a hundred or more battlegrounds around the world.  Who knows where it could have been.  It could have been used around the world in the hands of our allies OR our enemies as they knew a good thing when they saw it.  Kept reasonable clean it performed in the desert, jungle, the Artic tundra, and in rain, sleet and snow.  It is a rifle capable of killing out to 1200 yards and with its semi-automatic fire with quick loading 8 round clips was capable of delivering a galling amount of firepower in combat.  The clips were issued pre-loaded in bandoliers which were carried slung around the soldiers body as well as the combat load carried in the cartridge belt.  As the last round was fired, the clip was expelled from the action   leaving the bolt open allowing the easy and rapid loading of a new one.  No time had to be spent by the  soldier loading magazines and being disposable, it was of no concern to him.  “Firing from the hip”,
a rifle squad could lay down a hail of fire when assaulting an enemy position and facing him with a 5 shot turnbolt had to be a frightening experience.  Being a gas operated weapon, which lessens the felt recoil on the soldier as opposed to the bolt action, the rifle can usually be fired more accurately by the common infantryman as he is not as apt to “flinch”.  The stock was more proportioned to the 20th century man than the   M 1903 although seen by many as “clubbish” it lent itself to accurate shooting and durability.  At 9.5 pounds it was a lot of rifle to carry around and was cussed by many a “boot” or recruit on hikes.  It was praised by the same troops when the chips were down as it was the best rifle issued to anyone in the world. Several bayonets were used with it in various lengths and types.  
STATISTICS:  
Length - 43.50”	Weight - 9.50 lb	Barrel length - 24”	Caliber - .30	Rifling - 4 groove r/hand
Operation - Gas piston			Feed - 8 round clip with internal box	Muzzle velocity - 2800 fps
Sights to 200 yards w/ peep rear (micro adjustable) well protected.
The rifle was manufactured by several companies including Springfield, Winchester, International Harvester, H and R, and in Europe, Beretta.  My rifle was purchased at a TMCA show and is in about 75% finish.    Taking it out the first time to the range, I set the sights on zero (which were much “adjusted”) and to my amazement, it was nearly perfect as to sight adjustment and required little or no correction.  Pretty darn good for a 60 year old rifle that has seen some use!  I love to shoot the 300 meter gong at the range and if I do my part, it rarely misses.  Ball M-2 ammo is getting easier to get lately and I would highly recommend you get an M-1 from CMP or wherever before they dry up.   You will find out that Gen. George Patton was right with his endorsement of the U.S. Rifle, cal 30, M-1.  Another thing, it’s not black OR PLASTIC.  
			   	







Text Box: A RIFLE - AND AN ICON
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Text Box: The TMCA News
Text Box: Volume 30, Issue 2