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FAVORITE FIREARMS

"When Things Get Hot,
You Want An M1 Garand Around."
to 1,000 yds. Although the sights are graduated to 1,200 yds., I
have yet to successfully hit with it from that far out.
Most of all, my M1 reminds me of my father, Walter
Kegel, and of his service in World War II. He was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, and he made both the
D-Day and Market Garden jumps, as well as spending some
interesting time in a small Belgian town called Bastogne.
Pictured is my M1 with a German Luftwaffe parade sword
and a Nazi pendant liberated by my father from a German
staff car at Berchtesgaden. Below the rifle is the Airborne
patch probably worn by him while in Bastogne and the
Allied Airborne patch worn at Market Garden.
THOMAS BOND, PENNSYLVANIA
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hose were my father's words some 15 years ago when
we were discussing rifles. I had always wanted to own
a World War II rifle-to my mind what baby boomer
growing up in the 1960s and 70s on TV shows such as
"Combat!" and "The Rat Patrol" didn't?
After extensive searching, I bought an M1 Garand at a local
gun store. It was a former Civilian Marksmanship Program rifle
that appeared about 97 percent correct-a 1944 Springfield
Armory model with its original cartouched stock, original
barrel and an uncut operating rod. It obviously didn't see any
action, and probably never left the States.
Having now shot it for the past 12 years, I definitely
understand and agree with my father's sentiment regarding
the M1. Its full-power cartridge, reliability, workmanship
and accuracy had to have given it an edge over the other
standard-issue combat rifles it faced in World War II.
I have many fond memories of shooting my M1 at the local
range for the first few years that I owned it. Now I mainly
shoot it on World War II battle anniversaries such as D-Day,
Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. Even after 71
years, my M1 remains accurate, as it can still engage targets out


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