The M1 Garand Rifle is likely one of most important infantry weapons that helped save democracy from fascism in World War II.
The M1 Garand rifle is the iconic weapon of the G.I. and Marine in World War II. It saw fighting from Iwo Jima to Bastogne and was the tried and true weapon that helped save democracy.
Have a look as Military.com demonstrates five things you will want to know about the M1 Garand rifle.
The U.S. was the only nation that could issue a semi-auto rifle to all its infantry and Marine units by mid World War II with the M1 and it was a game changer. Going up against German and Japanese infantry, who for the most part were armed with bolt-action rifles, the M1 Garand rifle provided a distinct advantage in firepower and reliability.
The M1 Garand rifle was also the father of the M1 carbine, weapon of choice for paratroopers and armoured crews in the war, and the famous M14 battle rifle was a direct descendant which built on the M1 design.
The M1 Garand rifle continues to be popular with collectors, historians and gun enthusiasts who want to draw a direct link back to the men of the greatest generation that gave so much in the fight against tyranny.