Lot 0324: Garand M1 (USA)
The decision maker for the American GI’s from World War II, Korea, through its continuing use today!
"In my opinion, the M1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised."; LGEN George S. Patton, Jr.
The M1 Garand is a full-blown combat rifle with maximum range of 3,200 meters and maximum effective range of 400 meters.....or the greatest distance at which the weapon can be expected to fire accurately to inflict casualties or damage.
Fully loaded with 8-round en bloc clip, cleaning kit in butt stock, sling and with stock of dense GI issue wood the M1 weighed in at 11-1/4 lbs. The M1 came into production in 1936 using the .30-06 rifle cartridge. The M1 was the designated service rifle of World War II and the Korean War for the United States Military. It was designed for semi-automatic fire using a spring steel clip containing 8 rounds. This is where the term "clip" originated. All other rifles used a detachable or fixed magazine. (There is some discussion on whether this is accurate, if you have a comment, please enter it on our Bulletin Board).
The M1 Garand was designed for long range accuracy i.e. battle zero was set for any target less than 200 yards It was the only rifle that had fully adjustable i.e. windage and elevation, rear sights.
The US Rifle M1 was the first semiautomatic rifle to be the standard small arm of the US Military, and the first semiautomatic rifle to be adopted by a major military power. It was the product of a genuine genius, John Cantius Garand. While the M1 Rifle was never officially referred to as the Garand, it is known by no other name so widely. First adopted in 1936, the M1 Rifle served the US in World War II, Korea, a host of "police actions" and interventions, and, in the hands of allies, in the Vietnam War. Even there the US Army fielded accurized sniper M1 rifles even though the M1 had by that time been supplanted by the M14 and later the M16.
To many the M1 Rifle has a classic elegance and grace characteristic of a bygone era, when steel was forged in white heat and walnut was carefully shaped for both form and function. "There will never be again such a rifle, so brimming with the genius of an individual mind, so well-constructed to outlive us all, so sculpted as to ask the hand to caress."
It remained in service as a national standard service rifle until 1994, and it is still in use in military auxiliary units today!
The Story of the M1 Garand: The Iconic and Influential World War 2 Weapon - History Guild
Type and Model: MI Garand
Weapon number: 4341000
Year of Manufacturing: 1952-1954
Length: 43.5 inch (1,100 mm)
Manufacturer: Springfield Arsenal, Mass., U.S.
Weight: 9lb 8oz (4.37kg)
Barrel: 24in long, four grooves, right-hand twist
System of operation: Gas piston, turning bolt
Feed system: Eight-round integral magazine, clip-loaded
BAIV Reference: 0137
Location: Nederweert, The Netherlands.
Condition: In good condition with nice patina.
Permits: Will come with EU deactivation certificate.
Between € 1.800 and € 2.500