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Pictured above is a selection of three pictures. The top one shows an M1 Garand rifle which we found in the Battle of the Bulge area. It was ditched by a US soldier in late 1944, while on retreat from the then advancing but nearly defeated German army. The photo in the bottom right shows a US soldier in Normandy, with his M1 and fixed bayonet. The picture to the left of that shows "Schifty" from the famous Miniseries "Band of Brothers" handling his M1 Garand. This gives you an idea of what the relic would've looked like, 73 years ago. Slide 👉 to see some more pictures of the relic and what it would've looked like back in the days.
The M1 Garand is a .30 semi automatic rifle. It was the standard issue service rifle for the most part of the Second World War and the Korean War. It was designed in 1928 but only started production in 1934 and lasted until 1956. A total of 5.468.772 were built. In WW2 the price of making one was $85, today it costs $1200. With a cartridge of 7.62x63mm (.30-06 Springfield) it had an effective firing range of 500 yards (457m). The rate of fire was about 40-50 rounds per minute, because of it's gas operating system. The difference of this rifle, and most standard serivce rifles used by others armies in this era, was that it fired semi-automatic. This meant the US troops, usually could put up more firepower in the same time than the Germans could, as they had the K98 (bolt action) as standard service rifle. The M1 was fed with an en-bloc clip, which held 8 rounds (more than the German K98 could hold). When the clip was emptied, it made a famous "ping" sound from the ejecting clip. This was a great indication for the enemy to peek their heads out. That's what we are being told anyways, but if this was really the case hasn't been proven, it might just be a very famous myth... The M1 Garand might be one of the most iconic US weapons. It sure is one for me.
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