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The Garand homecoming represents
the proverbial end of the longest war
they were used for-the Cold War.

Beyond the fun of
speculating what diamonds
may glitter amongst the gold
of these repatriated rifles, those
who have the perception of history
can sense we are at a special
moment. Great masses of
humanity celebrated riotously
in the streets of the world
at the end of WWII, and the
armistice in Korea brought
tremendous national relief.
Peace, however, was always
a very fragile and elusive thing
during the Cold War.
These repatriated rifles won't
receive the welcome of returning victors
by crowds of cheering citizens; their return
is even opposed by those who wear the
blinders of naiveté and ignorance. But these
veterans will find homes among many
Americans who understand the lessons
of history and who appreciate the many
decades of service they rendered to us
through our allies. *

PHOTO BY WINCHESTER

Second for consideration
is the oft-misunderstood
"Tanker" Garand. The
roots of the Tanker are in
Springfield Armory's 1944
M1E5 experiment to shorten the
Garand's barrel and mount a folding
metal buttstock for paratrooper use.
Springfield Armory dropped the
pursuit before the end of the
year, but it resurrected a few
short months later as the
experimental T26 carbinelength Garand that retained
the full wooden stock, only
shortening the barrel to 18
inches (as well as shortening/
modifying associated relevant
parts). Springfield Armory quickly
dropped the T26 experiment, too, so there was
never a military issue Tanker Garand. Most of
today's Garand shooters know that the Tanker
Garand was a clever commercial plagiarism
(dating to the 1950s) of the T26, its advertising
moniker playing upon the implication that the
shortened Garand was small enough to fit
in a battle tank. Springfield Armory, Inc., the
commercial company, not the government
armory, turned out some of these Tankers in
the 1980s, as well.
However, lesser known is that in 1944,
the U.S. Sixth Army in the Philippines
modified about 150 Garands (or at least the
Pacific Warfare Board apparently ordered
modification of that number) by shortening
the barrels. How many the Sixth Army
ordnance unit actually made is unknown,
and as Canfield points out, the odds of one
still existing "are all but nil." Still, in a batch
of 86,000 repatriated rifles, one can dream.

During WWII, Winchester contributed to the war effort
by making over 500,000 M1s.

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