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    The M1 Garand, 1936-1957
    by Joe Poyer

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    • Format: paperback, 223 pages
    • Publisher: North Cape Publications
    • Author: Joe Poyer
    • ISBN: 9781882391196 (1882391195)
    • Release date: May 15, 2001
    • Language: english

    About The Book

    New, 4th Edition, revised and expanded with new serial number information, parts descriptions, and photos.

    The M1 Garand was the battle rifle issued to American forces during World War II and the Korean War. It was the first semiautomatic rifle design to be used by combat forces in any army of the world. Developed in the 1930s, it was standardized in 1936 and saw its first combat in the Philippines in December 1941. Few other rifles have developed such a distinguished record as both a battle rifle and a match target rifle in the history of this or any other nation. General George Patton called the M1 Garand « the greatest battle implement ever devised. » The M1 Garand with its capability of firing one round every time the trigger was pulled gave the American soldier a distinct firepower advantage over enemy soldiers armed with bolt action rifles that had to be cocked before each shot. During World War II, nearly four million M1 Garands were built at the Springfield National Armory and Winchester Repeating Firearms factories. They were issued to American troops in training camps and combat zones in every theater of the war. And hundreds of thousands were issued to French, Belgian, Greek, Italian and Philippine allies as well. During the Cold War years until the early 1960s, h

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