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The M-1 Garand was the main battle rifle of U.S. infantry during World War II and Korea, and, in limited numbers, Vietnam. It was chambered for .30-06 Springfield ammo. One common misconception is that the Garand could not be reloaded until the en-bloc clip was completely emptied. Partially-expended or full clips could be ejected by simply depressing the magazine catch.

The Garand later served as the basis for the M14 rifle, which is still in limited service to this day.
The M-1 Garand was designed by, and derives its name from, John C. Garand.
by sminturn September 16, 2006
 
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A rifle designed in the 1920s by John C. Garand, a Canadian. Once accepted by the U.S. Army, it was the world's first semi-automatic rifle to be in military service. It had a significant advantage over bolt-action rifles because of its semi-automatic mechanism. The shooter can shoot as fast as he can pull the trigger. In the late years of the World War II, Semi-automatic rifles were adopted by other nations, such as the Gewehr 43 of the German Army, and the Tokarev SVT-40 of the Russian Army. Both of these rifles were inferior compared to the M1 Garand. The M-1 Garand was deadly accurate to ranges of about 600-700 meters, and its maximum range was about 1000 meters. This did not prove to be a disadvantage because infantry rarely engaged the enemy at ranges of over 400 meters. The only drawback of the M1 Garand rifle is the 8-round en bloc clip. With this clip, the rifle could not be reloaded in the middle of shots; the soldier had to shoot off all his rounds before reloading. Also to add to this drawback was the loud "bing" sound the clip made when ejecting. Despite these disadvantages, the M1 Garand rifle was the greatest battle implement ever devised. The M1 Garand rifle shot the .30-06 round, slightly larger than the German 7.92x57mm rifle round, the Soviet 7.62x54mm R rifle round, and roughly equivalent to the British .303 round. The M1 Garand was the base design for later rifles such as the M14A and M14A1, chambered around the 7.62x51 NATO (.308 Winchester) round.
A carbine version was also produced for the M1 Garand in World War II, the M1A1 Carbine. It came in both wooden stock and folding stock versions for paratroops. It was a rather weak carbine, due to its shorter barrel. It was also a bit inaccurate, but its compact size and light weight provided mobility. It was usually issued to soldiers who are not in the infantry (truck drivers, supply and logistics), officers, NCOs, and tank crews. In the meanwhile, the M1 Garand rifle was issued to the infantry rifleman. With this rifle, the American infantryman always had the advantage over their enemy.
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As 8 Japs came charging at him with fixed bayonets, the American marine dropped all of them with his trusty M1 Garand. The loud bing was heard by his comrades as the last Jap fell to the ground.
by your daddy January 23, 2005
 
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U.S. Rifle, Cal. .30 M1
A clip fed, air cooled, shoulder fired, semi-automatic weapon. First adopted in 1936, it served the military until 1957 when it was replaced by the M14.
The soldier was an expert shot with his M1 Garand.
by Jeremy October 23, 2003
 
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The M1 Garand was the first semi-automatic rifle ever to be generally issued to the infantry of any nation. It was a gas operated, semi-auto rifle designed by John C. Garand and officially replaced the Springfield M1903 bolt action rifle in 1936. The rifle remained the standard US service rifle until 1957 when it was replaced by the M14. The M1 Garand still remained in use by the US Military in large numbers all the way until 1963, and then to a much lesser degree in 1966 with the introduction of the M-16. The M1 was used in large numbers during WWII and the Korean War, and in very limited numbers during the Vietnam War.
The rifle is chambered for .30-06 rounds. The rounds are loaded into the weapons internal magazine from above using the "En Bloc" clip system designed by John Pedersen. The En Bloc clip held 8 .30-06 rounds and was loaded into the weapon clip and all from above. Once loaded the bolt immediately snaps forward on it's own. It is advisable for the operator to guide the bolt forward with his hand to avoid the gate shutting on his thumb. The clip remains in the weapon's internal magazine until all 8 rounds are fired. At this point the bolt will automatically lock itself open and the last bullet casing along with the En Bloc clip would eject from the rifle creating the M1's signature, loud "ping" sound. Contrary to widespread misconception, partially expended or full clips CAN be ejected from the rifles with the use of the clip latch button located on the bottom of the receiver. The M1 had several different accessories including the M1905 and M1942 bayonets, the M7 Spigot and M15 grenade sight for firing rifle grenades, the M1907 two piece leather sling, and the winter trigger. There were a few sniper variants of the M1 Garand. These were the M1C and M1D. Many of these sniper rifle variants were used up until the early 90's.

General Info:
Rifle, Caliber .30, M1

Type: Service rifle
Place of origin: United States
In service: 1936–1963
Wars: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War (limited)
Designer: John C. Garand
Designed: 1924
Number built: 5.4 million approx 1
Other Variants: M1C/D sniper rifles
Weight: 9.5 lb (4.31 kg) to 10.2 lb (4.63 kg)
Length: 43.6 in (1,107 mm)
Barrel length: 24 in (610 mm)
Cartridge: .30-06 Springfield (7.62 × 63 mm)
Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire: 16–24 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity: 2750-2800 ft/s
Effective range: 500 yd (457.2 m)2
Feed system: 8-round "en bloc" clip internal magazine
Sights: Aperture rear sight, barleycorn-type front sight
Patton called the M1 Garand "the greatest single battle implement ever devised by man".
by jordanlovesimports December 07, 2007
 
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A semi-automatic, gas-operated 30-06 military rifle used by American forces during World War Two and the Korean War.
I dropped 5 Krauts with my M-1.
by JRT October 03, 2003
 
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A semi-automatic rifle that hold 8 30-06 rounds.
which proved superior to other counties rifles like the German bolt-action Mauser k98 5 round rifles. You could reload in the middle of a clip by pulling back the operating rod and while your holding the operating rod back ( so it dosent snap of your fingers ) and pull out the clip. While the ping could also be used to your advantage by taking an already spent clip and droping it to trick your enemy into thinking your out. While they charge (thinking your reloading) you shoot them.
I droped the spent clip to trick the Germans into charging. As they Charged I shot each of the 5 Germans with my M1 Garand.
by Nickolas Nelson August 04, 2006
 
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The rifle that the American army adopted in 1936. It was chambered in .30-06 (which is equivalent to 7.62). It was a clip fed rifle, each clip had 8 bullets and it had a distinctive sound when ammo ran out making a "pling". It was air cooled, shoulder fired like any other rifle at the time, and it had a semi automatic capability (it was possible to make it automatic, from Band of Brothers (book) ). It saw action in World War II and Korea until it was replaced by the M14, which is a Garand with a magazine.
When the U.S. joined the war the many looked at the M1 in awe.

Kraut:Damn the M1 pwns, I want one omg.

Johnny unloaded his M1 on the Japanese making the "pling".