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The M1 Garand was a semi-automatic, gas-operated, rifle and was the standard infantry weapon of the United States Armed Forces from 1936 to 1957.
The M1 used an en-bloc clip that held 8 rounds and it took the standard US .30-06 Springfield cartridge. This clip system remained seated inside the rifle's fixed magazine until all 8 shots had been fired, where upon the clip would automatically eject out, and opening and locking the bolt back. the clip could also be easily manually ejected at any time by opening the bolt and pressing the clip release latch. Topping off the clip with single rounds while it was loaded in the rifle was also possible, but it took two hands and a bit of practice to do, it was far more common to fire till empty, and or manually eject the entire clip and load in a fresh one.
The gas system was direct blowback, meaning the pressure from a round being fired, was funneled down the gas port into the gas cylinder, and backwards toward the receiver, the pressure then impacted the cycling spring, pushing it back, thus pushing the bolt back, extracting the spent casing. The follower would then push another round upwards to the top of the clip, at that time the bolt would be sliding forward again, and the new round would be stripped off the clip and chambered into the breech, ready to be fired.
The weight was about 9.5 pounds unloaded without bayonet mounted, and 11.3 pounds loaded and bayonet attached, it had a length of around 43.4 inches. It also had a muzzle velocity of 2,800 fps. The M1 had rear aperture sights and front wing-like sights at the front as well. Attachments included an M1 Bayonet and an M7 rifle grenade launcher.
The M1C and M1D were both sniper variants of the M1 Garand. The scope would be mounted near the receiver. The M1E5 however was a modified M1 Garand that had a folding stock. the E5 was one of a series of M1 prototypes that were never put into production like the original. The E5 even had a shortened barrel.
It was designed by Dr. John Garand at Springfield Armory in 1923 as a replacement for the M1903 bolt action rifle, the M1 was used by the United States military during World War II. Development concepts on what would become the M1 Garand began in 1919, but testing of semi-automatic rifles in the U.S. had began as far back as slightly before WWI. So many M1s had been produced that by 1941, the United States army was well equipped and the increase in rate of fire gave an advantage over German and Japanese bolt-action rifles. This sparked interest in semi and fully automatic weapons. The Garand was used throughout WWII and some of its variants were used as well. The Garand was later nicknamed the gun that won the war. The M1 was used even after WWII in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. It was gradually phased out and replaced by its descendant, the M14 rifle. The M1 is still used today by the US Military for ceremonial purposes.
- The M1 was originally designed for the .276 Pedersen, but reliability issues led it to be only suited to the 30-06
- John Garand was also the main driving force behind the M-14 and a number of civilian sporter rifles, he also had a lot of experiments with inline stocks and side mounted magazine feed systems
- The name "Garand" in "M1 Garand" was never officially recognized by the military, it was and still is today only known in the military as "US Rifle Cal. 30 M1". The "Garand" nomenclature began when the rifle was retired and went on the surplus civilian market in the 1960s and '70s, by that time John Garand had become well known, during its time in service, it was only known as the "M1 rifle" or simply "M1" and never "M1 Garand"
- A Carbine version of the Garand was fielded in 1943, known as the "Tanker" it had 6 inches of the fore stock and barrel cut down, resulting in a shortened M1 rifle that was easy to fit in and be used in tanks and armored vehicles, hence the name "Tanker"
- ↑ http://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=52
- ↑ http://world.guns.ru/rifle/autoloading-rifles/usa/m1-garand-e.html
- ↑ http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/smallarms/p/m1garand.htm