Precision Garands: The National Match M1

Considered by some to be the last true rifleman’s National Match service rifle, the M1 can still be a viable Across-The-Course contender.

by Dean Meier

U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 was the first practical self loading rifle to be standard issue by a major military power. A product of Springfield Armory’s consulting engineer John Cantius Garand’s genius, the rifle was never officially titled “M1 Garand” but that is the name by which it is so widely known. Even the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the most recognizable supplier of these rifles, refers to them  as such. The M1 was adopted in 1936 as the 1903 Springfield bolt action rifle’s replacement and served in the US until supplanted in 1957 by the M14. M1s would continue to soldier on in numbers throughout the 1960’s and later by other nations friendly to the United States.

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