“In my opinion, the M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.” General George S. Patton Jr.
Let’s face it. The vast majority of guns are rather boring. Not from a “yee-haw!” perspective, but from the perspective of mechanical ingenuity and history. The modern AR-15 may be the best example. As popular and functional as it is, an AR is re-packaged 50-year-old technology that’s so plastic and cold that it has no soul.
But in the world of firearms, the M1 Garand is the antithesis of soullessness. In a world of expensive special purpose firearms, it still holds its own in terms of usability and effectiveness for almost any purpose. And believe it or not, it’s still relatively cheap to buy.
What initially drew me to the M1 Garand was its history. The first rifle I ever bought was a re-arsenaled 1928…
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