The Garand Guy doesn’t only sell guns; he relishes the history they represent, and the M1 Garand is one of the most historically interesting guns ever made. Called “The greatest battle implement ever devised” by General George S. Patton, Jr., the M1 changed the way battles were fought forever.

Before the M1, rifles were much less efficient. They used lead balls and black powder that were smoky, dirty and had a lower energy content. Added with the fact that most early rifles were also muzzle-loaders, this made them difficult to handle, timely to load, and often, inaccurate.

The M1 was born and introduced to the United States military in 1936. The M1 Garand was the first standard-issue semi-automatic (gas-operated) rifle, meaning it did away with all the messy black powder. The.30 caliber gun had a length is 43.6 inches and a barrel 24 inches, with four grooves and a right hand twist. The magazine was an 8 round internal box that’s clip-loaded and ejects the clip after the last round is fired. The muzzle velocity was impressive at 2800 fps, or 2903 ft.-lb. At 500 yards, the M1 had a velocity of 1918 feet-per-second.

Unloaded, the M1 rifle weighs: 9 lbs. 8 oz. (4.37 kg). It can reach an effective range of 440 yards, and it was produced in approximately 4,040,000 units. However, many of those units are not in quality condition today. The M1 was classified as “Standard” from 1936, until the M14 name was adopted in 1957. The M1 uses 174 gr. bullets, a 50 gr. charge and ball M1s.

The M1’s maximum range of 3,200 meters and maximum effective range of 400 meters allow it to accurately shoot at long ranges, which was extremely useful when it was the designated service rifle for the U.S. military during the Korean War and World War II. The M1 Garand was the only rifle that had fully adjustable rear sights, meaning soldiers could be protected from all angles.

Though the M1 may be considered “obsolete” by some today, many still believe it to be the most impressive rifle of all time. After all, the M1 proved itself in the harshest of environments, and it it had the accuracy to keep U.S. forces alive and fighting.

The M1 Garand is truly a rifle in the purest form. It’s one of the most collectable models for gun-collectors today, as many believe it’s the easiest battle rifle to shoot well.

Tony Giacobbe, the “Garand Guy,” understands and celebrates the history of the M1 Garand. He rebuilds every model he sells completely and assures they are in perfect working condition. Models are stripped down to their components and replaced with used USGI parts in great condition, and a few new DuPont pieces are added, as well. If you’re interested in speaking to Tony about one of his Garand models, contact him online, by phone at (732) 388-1962, or stop by his store in Rathaway, NJ at your earliest convenience.