As the first semi-automatic rifle to be widely issued to any nation's infantry, the M1 Garand was a landmark weapon of the 20th century. John C. Garand, who at the time was working at the US Army's Springfield Armory, designed the prototype of the gun in the summer of 1924. John C. Garand designed the M1 to be the ultimate self-loading rifle for the field. The weapon's prototypes were tested against the Thompson rifle, Berthier, and Hatcher-Band. These early tests lead the M1 Garand to further refinements and trials that helped define its final specifications.
The M1 Garand is a gas-operated, semi-automatic, clip-fed rifle. It originally used .276 Pedersen cartridges for its ammunition, but later changed to the then-standard .30-06 Springfield. With this loadout, the M1 had a maximum range of 500 yards and the potential of wounding an enemy beyond 880 yards when using armor-piercing rounds.
One of the weapon's main features is its ability to quickly fire devastating .30-06 rifle rounds. During World War II, Chinese troops were often overwhelmed by the Japanese banzai attacks due to their slow bolt-action rifles. Armed with the M1 Garand, US troops did not suffer the same fate and were able to quickly fire back at the Japanese, thus stopping their forward momentum. The M1's powerful ammo was also helpful in the claustrophobic jungles as its bullets could tear through multiple enemies at once or rip through the heavy vegetation.
Tips for the M1 Garand
- The M1 Garand is a great gun as long as you know its weaknesses and strengths. In gametypes such as Domination and Headquarters, let other players with SMGs and MGs man the front lines while you hang back and use your M1 to pick off enemies as they rush toward your comrades. The M1 is extremely deadly from mid-range and is excellent at providing cover for your allies.
- The M1 Garand gets better with age. Once you've unlocked the Scope for this gun, attach it and watch your kill count soar. A scoped M1 Garand can be become an angel of death when utilized in the right landscapes. Use this weapon on maps such as Roundhouse and Airfield to wreck havoc on the enemy.
- The M1 Garand is not for beginners who love to solely run and gun. The weapon is best suited for slow, methodically killing which makes it perfect for Hardcore multiplayer games. Stay low and creep through the map taking down the enemy. The M1 Garand's heavy firepower will kill most enemies instantly.
Now that you have become fully acquainted with the M1 Garand's strengths and weaknesses, it's time for you to test it out for yourself. Whether you are just picking it up for the first time or sharpening your already honed skills, head over to the Missions taband enlist for the M1 Garand challenge.