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PAGE FROM HISTORY: AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

The Keefe Report:

THE M1 GARAND'S LEGACY
BY MARK KEEFE

I

t's a pretty good gun, I think. I have
letters from soldiers who used it in
the war. They said it did a lot of good.
And that is enough for me." So said
John Cantius Garand of the "U.S. Rifle
Cal. .30 M1"-the Garand-a rifle that will
forever be linked to this humble genius,
who conceived, designed and saw
into production the rifle dubbed by
Gen. George S. Patton, "the greatest
battle implement ever devised."
The 20th century has been called the
"American Century." When America took
its first step onto the world stage, it was in
World War I with doughboys armed with
'03 Springfields, and when the United
States became a superpower in 1945, it
was through the blood, sweat and tears of
a generation of GIs carrying M1 Garands.
From the fragile peace of the 1930s,
through the crucible of World War II, into
the dark days of the Cold War, the Garand
was America's Rifle.
The Garand is a symbol of everything
that made America great in the 1930s,
1940s and 1950s. It's an example of
America's manufacturing genius and
industrial capacity at its apex. It was the
only standard issue semi-automatic rifle
issued by any of the major powers in
World War II. Read more ...

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JUNE 2020 | SSUSA.ORG

COURTESY WALLY HUNTINGTON

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Visiting the Springfield Armory Museum in 1974, retired
inventor John C. Garand inspects an early model of his M1
"Garand," chief combat rifle of World War II and Korea.


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