- Historically significant
- Garand ping
- Out of production
- Second-hand prices can be high
The M1 Garand was the first standard-issue self-loading rifle adopted by the US. A simple but elegant design, the Garand uses a long-stroke gas piston that operates a rotating bolt. It is fed by an 8-round en-bloc clip that makes the distinctive “ping” sound once the clip is automatically ejected after all the rounds are spent. Chambered in the powerful 30-06 cartridge, the semi-automatic Garand gave US soldiers a huge edge over enemies and allies alike who were still using slower bolt-action rifles.
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The M1 Garand helped change the face of modern warfare by bringing powerful semi-automatic fire to the average infantryman. It is a true icon of WWII, with its good looks and distinctive ping helping to popularize it even more. Unlike many older milsurp weapons, the ammo is relatively easy to find, and the guns are fairly accurate and reliable. Given its cool factor and practical shootability, even in today’s world, it is definitely a good idea to consider picking one up through the CMP if you can.
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