A group of the real "Band of Brothers" came to visit the Kuwait Naval Base on the 18th and was asked about the M1 Garand.
One old gentleman referred to it as "The best [sic] weapon ever made!"
Of course, he might have been a bit biased.
There is a film of two soldiers in the late 1930s lying in the prone and firing at targets. One of them had a Springfield, the other a Garand.
The rapidity of fire there was evident for anybody to see. The Garand was just leaving the bolt-action guy in the dust. And the M1 had quicker recovery time between shots. The Springfield shooter had to "break position" each time to work the bolt.
Against the Japanese, the M1 must have been a very nasty surprise when it started showing up at Guadalcanal.
Once you've got your sights adjusted to the ammunition you have, step away from the bench. In competition or the field...there are no benches.
Last edited by Shane Tuttle; February 28, 2010 at 09:27 PM.