M1 Garand

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M1 Garand

Postby Jethro » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:05 am

George Patton called the M1 Garand "the finest infantry rifle ever created". Developed in 1936, the M1 is a gas-operated, semi-automatic rifle. It is fed from an eight round clip that is automatically ejected from the rifle when the last round is fired.



The M1 was the primary US military rifle during WW II and Korea and served until replaced by the M-14 in the mid 1950's. I was issued an M1 during basic training at Ft Knox, KY and AIT. The basic M1 design was retained in the M-14.

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Postby sunray » Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:07 pm

"...replaced by the M-14 in the mid 1960's..." The M-1 was replaced in the mid 1950's. The M-14 was replaced by the M-16 in the late 60's.
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Postby Jethro » Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:24 pm

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Thanks for catching that obvious typograghical error. :shock:

I fixed it.

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Postby Niner » Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:33 pm

I know for sure this one was posted here before the big ezboard meltdown. I got it from the CMP. A Springfield made in October of 1943. This one made a trip to Denmark for a while.

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Postby C1PNR » Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:37 pm

Looking M1's. I guess I'm going to have to pull mine out and give it a little TLC. Haven't had it out of the case since the move in December, 04.
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Postby SgtJethro » Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:07 pm

Thanks for joining us. Get that Garand our and join in out little internet shooting match (See Milsurp After Hours forum).

A Garand in the closet is a mighty lonely Garand. Get it out and apply a lot of TLC quickly.

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Postby Aughnanure » Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:25 am

I sure miss my M1.I had a post WW2 arsenal rebuild that was as good as new in all respects. Unfortunately it became a victim of the Great Aussie Gun Grab when the Govt. banned all semi-autos for us ordinary shooters.

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....my 2 ladies-both CMP...USGI SA,service grade,March '42 reciever,6/53 barrel...the other is an SA service grade Dane with a VAR barrel...May '43' reciever and a 6/57 barrel...came with an ugly beech stock and walnut handguards.....bugged me,so I replaced it with a Dupage walnut stock......can ya tell...??? :lol:[/pic]
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Postby df357 » Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:20 am

My SA SG March 1944 Garand.

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Postby ThePitbullofLove » Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:48 pm

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Garands in Service

Postby ballou's dad » Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:47 am

:bigsmile: I was issued an International Harvester in 1959 during basic training at Fort Leonard Wood. A real beater, but could it ever shoot! Two years later I was back on active duty at Ft. Riley (Kennedy's Berlin Crisis,) and we still had carbines and M1s. The following year, 1962, word came over that we could go to a demonstration given by the lst Infantry, of the Army's new M14 rifle, about to be issued to them.

That was the first that we had seen of the M14.
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Postby Niner » Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:36 am

Thanks for the post and welcome to the site, Jim.

If you were at the beginning of the M14 era as general issue, I was at the end. In 1969 the M14 was being used in Basic training for all troups at Benning. Then orders came down that those who were going to go to Vietnam get a quick training on the M16. I shot an M16 for the first time at the beginning of a week and qualified at the end of the week and shipped out to AIT the following week.

During that time, 1970, the National Guard, apparently, to some degree still had M1 rifles. I say this because of a link to the Kent State incident linked in another post.
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Postby ballou's dad » Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:44 am

Hey Niner,

The rest of the story about the M14 demonstration is that we were all laying in our bunks, resting up after lunch, when this Regular came in with the word on the M14. Some of us sat up and listened to him. He then announced that if we wanted to shoot the M14, then we first had to sit through a 3 hour orientation at the field house.

Wham! It was just like a lightning bolt had struck! All of us that had sat up to listen flopped back down like we had been hit with stun guns. So we never saw the M14 before we were released in August of '62.

Many years later, in 1971, I was jumping services and so tried the Army Guard again, for a one year hitch. They had M14s at that time, but about half way through the year, the Army came and got 'em, and replaced them with new-condition M1s. Where the M14s went I haven't a clue. :?:
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Had this out today...

Postby krinko » Mon May 29, 2006 8:34 pm

Korea returnee, rebarreled in .308.

Shot offhand at 200 yards with M118 BALL----All the latest 1964 Match modifications, NM rear sight and the "Air Force" trigger.

I had forgotten what a lovely rifle this is...hadn't taken her out in three or four years.



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ive gotten a camera finaly and am able to post my winchester

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Postby riptidenj » Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:30 am

Officially, the M-14 replaced the M-1 in 1957, in reality the M-1 was assigned in Basic Training as late as the Spring of 1964, when I went through Basic Combat Training in the Summer of 1967 the several National Guardsmen in my squad refered to their M-1s "back home."
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Postby Pilgrim » Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:24 pm

When I went in the Army in Feb 67, the M14 was the standard trainer. When I got to my duty station in Europe, M14's were there.

In 4 years of active duty, I never even picked up an M16.
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My M1 Garand

Postby Mk23 » Wed May 09, 2007 1:03 pm

Here is my M1:

http://www.ozinga.dds.nl/images/garand5.jpg

http://www.ozinga.dds.nl/images/garand_kleiner.jpg

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Bought it in Germany, april 1944 receiver with all "new" parts and a 66 barrel.

I'll repark it in the summer and the elevation drum needs some work since it will not hold elevation when I can still turn the windag knob.

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p.s the white specks is sand from the range.

p.s.2 including images seems to be too difficult for me:)
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Re: M1 Garand

Postby OverHill » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:37 pm

We used the M1 rifle in basic training at Ft. Hood in the early 1960's, we continued to use it at Ft. Bragg the whole time I was in the 82nd, when I went to the far east as part of a joint military group we still used the M1 rifle for awhile, and I shot the M1 rifle on rifle teams.

When our M14's finally came in we only kept them for a few months because we could not keep the sights adjusted; my armorer told me after working with the experts sent over from the states that our batch of rifles seemed to have some kind of heat treating problem, parachuting with them was causing the issue, and he said the experts laughed when they told him the demand for M14's was so high that they would probably just be reissued to a non-airborne unit. At this point our M1 rifles were gone so we were temporarily issued like new refurbished Korean War M2 carbines. I was sent home before the M14's were replaced and before the switch to the M16 occurred.
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Re: M1 Garand

Postby Niner » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:11 pm

You dug up an old one Overhill. The photobucket photos and other linking images were what we were using back a dozen years ago are all gone like several of the posters in this string. We've had the internal saved to site upload of images for several years now and ....if people use it... it will keep the photos from going away as long as the site continues in operation.

By late 60's the M14 was the basic training rifle and the M16 was the AIT standard for Vietnam rifle. Many people liked the M14 as a basic target rifle over the M16 back during the transition. But the M16 had a lot of advantages in actual combat.

The M14 continued as the sniper rifle platform in Vietnam. I think I've read where they have been dusted off for the same purpose in the Muslim wars.
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Re: M1 Garand

Postby Niner Delta » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:12 pm

Went through basic at Ft. Lewis in Aug - Sept 1967 with M-14, was told we were the last
group to use M-14, next cycle used M-16. Wish we had the M-16s, those M-14s were heavy...... :mrgreen:


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Re: M1 Garand

Postby OverHill » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:47 am

Just trying to get some traffic going....
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Re: M1 Garand

Postby Niner » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:26 am

And I appreciate it. .... :bigsmile:
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Re: M1 Garand

Postby Sarge » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:16 am

I went from an M1 Carbine to a Garand and then to an M14 followed by an M16. Qualified Expert with all 4.
Somewhere around here I have all of my weapons cards for everything but the 16. Never got one for that, that I remember.
I managed to do a bit of fast manuvering (for the first 2 I was either unit armorer or supply Sgt so had access) and ended up with the first 3 all being Winchesters.
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