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NRA Gun of the Week: Springfield Armory M1 Garand Rifle

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    NRA Gun of the Week: Springfield Armory M1 Garand Rifle

    NRA Gun of the Week: Springfield Armory M1 Garand Rifle

    by American Rifleman Staff - Saturday, November 5, 2016

    Just a few years before the United States entered the second global war, the U.S. service rifle changed from the bolt-action M1903 Springfield, to the gas-piston-operated semi-automatic M1 Garand. This standard issue rifle changed the game for our troops with its ability to fire repeatedly, shots of .30-’06 Springfield, as fast as one could squeeze the trigger. Loading was fast and easy facilitated by en-bloc clips that held eight rounds and evacuated the action once empty. John C. Garand’s rifle system saw production numbers over 5 million units. The M1 Garand faded from standard issue in 1960s with the introduction of the M14, a select-fire rifle chambered for 7.62x51 mm, but modeled after the M1 Garand. Mark Keefe hosts this week’s NRA Gun of the Week--a vintage rifle that some may say changed modern warfare.

    Make: U.S. Springfield Armory
    Model: M1 Garand
    Chambering: .30-’06 Sprg.
    Action: gas-operated semi-automatic rifle
    Receiver: forged steel, Parkerized
    Barrel: 23.5”, Parkerized
    Magazine: eight-round, en-bloc clip
    Sights: rear aperture adjustable for windage and elevation; protected post front
    Trigger: 7-lb., 3-oz. pull
    Stock: walnut

    Additional Reading:
    The International Harvester M1 Garand Rifle
    Keefe Report: M1 Garand—Save the Last Clip
    Handling General George S. Patton’s M1 Garand
    The M1C Garand Sniper Rifle