M1 Garand

Information

Caliber: .30-06
Action: Semi-automatic, rotating bolt, long stroke piston, gas driven
Barrel Length: 24"
Magazine: 8 round internal, en-bloc clip fed
Overall Length: 43.5"

The M1 Garand was the first semi-automatic to become a standard issue infantry rifle in the world, and served the United States admirably through World War II, the Korean War, and to a limited extent, Vietnam. It is the creation of John Garand, from whom the rifle gets its name, and was his most important design.

I could go on for pages about the M1 Garand -- it's design is extremely rugged and durable, and is a very accurate rifle, even for a semi-automatic. A popular myth about the M1 is that the en-bloc clip, when fully expended and ejected from the top of the rifle, made a loud pinging sound (which is true), and that enemey soldiers would wait for this sound to move, knowing that their enemy was reloading. This pinging phenomenon most assuredly played only a miniscule role in the grand majority of battles, as the sheer noise of the battlefield would make this ping more or less inaudible.

I got this Garand from the Civilian Marksmanship Program, a government organization whose goal it is to educate the civilian population in the ways of marksmanship, and at the same time make some money back off of these crates full of surplus M1 Garands. If you ever wanted a cheap M1 Garand, NOW is the time to get one, as I don't see the CMP having many more for much longer.