5 Things You Don't Know About: M1 Rifle

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From helping to defeat totalitarianism during World War II, to becoming a popular military collectible today, the M1 has a long and fascinating story.

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  1. 33929764
    33929764 Jun 24, 2015


  2. MinnesotaSpirit
  3. scooter_mech
    scooter_mech Jun 25, 2015

    The AK-47 is similar in operation to the M-1.

  4. 33803280
    33803280 Jun 25, 2015

    Patton said that!

  5. 31266359
    31266359 Jun 25, 2015

    It was Gen. MacArthur who decided that the M1 be chambered in 30.06. Mainly because the US had millions of 30.06 ammunition in stock and no .276. Well that and the cost because of the depression.

  6. cpauld
    cpauld Jun 25, 2015

    Douglas MacArthur applauded the M1. George S. Patton, Jr. proclaimed it, "the greatest single battle implement ever devised by man." Even the normally passive Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly praised it.

  7. GadsdenFlag
    GadsdenFlag Jun 25, 2015

    I dearly loved the M-1 Garand -- but sure hated the M-1 thumb I got several times when trying to act slick on guard mount. Ouch!!! I might add, that Infantry units were not outfitted with M-14 replacements all at the same time. Replacement was piece-meal, as M-14s became available, leaving the unit with two different service rifles in the ranks. I think this was probably the only time this might have happened. When I joined the Army in 1961 and went through basic and AIT, we received our rifles from excess rifles (used) shipped from Korea as the forces drew down in south Korea. It was a very labor-intensive manual process to remove all the packing cosmoline from the rifles. Clean, clean, clean, and clean again -- still fails inspection!!!!

  8. 24110142
    24110142 Jun 25, 2015

    Not true,I was with the Marines in 1961 thru 1963 and we had M1's and BAR's 30 cal Machine Guns, NO M-14, till Viet Nam in 65 & 66. Maybe the Army had them, but we didn't.

  9. 34055338
    34055338 Jun 25, 2015

    General George S. Patton

  10. 33851845
    33851845 Jun 25, 2015

    General George C Patton said the M-1 was the greatest battlefield implement of all time. Duane

  11. 32772894
    32772894 Jun 25, 2015


  12. Cpl_Agarn
    Cpl_Agarn Jun 25, 2015

    General George Patton said that.

  13. 13370365
    13370365 Jun 25, 2015

    Yes, I did, X5

  14. 7306369
    7306369 Jun 26, 2015


  15. 27563208
    27563208 Jun 27, 2015

    When I was going through ITR, in the Marines, back in 1966, they issued us the M-1 because of the shortage of rifles at that time. They needed M-14 overseas, because the AR-15 was screwed up and needed a redesign. It was a bugger getting all of that cosmolene out of them, but once we did, they were a great rifle to shoot. I preferred it to the M-14. But one day on the firing line, one of my buddies had his rifle jam on him after he got off his first shot. The instructor came over to see what was the problem. he had put one of the parts in there backwards, and still got a shot off without blowing his head off. LOL Years later, when I noticed a name in the obituaries in my local paper, I went to the funeral with our yearbook. YES, it was him. And his family was so glad that I showed up and told that story of him and many more. He was a well liked guy in our outfit. When I told that story, they knew that I knew him, because they said that he was the same way in civilian life.

  16. 4499124
    4499124 Jun 29, 2015

    A great rifle....I went through army basic and advanced infantry at Ft.Ord, Calif. in early 1961 with the M1 and later in W. Germany at two chopper bases as a flight operations Sp5 we were issued M-14s. What a contrast to the Germans and their bolt action rifles used in both world wars. The STG-44 assault rifle was very limited in use.

  17. RASchaefer
    RASchaefer Jun 29, 2015

    Gen George S Patton

  18. LTCB35yrs
    LTCB35yrs Jun 29, 2015

    They taught us all this in the Marines in 73. Thought you'd tell me something new.

  19. 34009835
    34009835 Jun 29, 2015

    George S. Patton

  20. 34069047
    34069047 Jun 30, 2015

    I served in the Marine Corps from 1954 until 1958 and we were still using the M-1 in 1958. The M-1 was rugged and accurate.

  21. Kantzler
    Kantzler Jun 30, 2015

    I qualified as Sharpshooter using the M1 in Jr. ROTC in 1961. It was a heavy rifle for my age back then, but I think that contributed to its accuracy in the kneeling and prone positions.

  22. scooter1999
    scooter1999 Jun 30, 2015


  23. 26269199
    26269199 Jul 01, 2015


  24. rldavis
    rldavis Jul 03, 2015

    The only fact of which I wasn't aware was that the M-1 carbine was based on the Garand action.

  25. 32395061
    32395061 Jul 03, 2015

    General Patton

  26. 32395061
    32395061 Jul 03, 2015

    Not Gen George C. Scott as some civilians think. I fired expert in 1967 and thought it was the best open site deer hunting rifle ever made. That is all.

  27. M1911A1FAN
    M1911A1FAN Jul 05, 2015

    Lt. Gen. George S. Patton.

  28. 1sttrop
    1sttrop Jul 06, 2015

    General Patton,who else?????

  29. 12106471
    12106471 Jul 07, 2015

    The M2 (fully auto M1) was standard issue with Combat Defense Squadrons (Air Police) in SAC and other AF commands. We had them well into the 60's. If you're not trying to be a super sniper, the carbine is accurate and effective to 100 yards. I Qualified as expert with it. Only rarly does a design generate such devotion.

  30. 33321763
    33321763 Jul 07, 2015

    It was General Patton who praised the M1 Garand as the finest battle weapon ever devised. I Trained and qualified with the Garand but was issued an M1 carbine when I arrived in the Philippines and was assigned to a demolition squad.

  31. reseng73
    reseng73 Jul 08, 2015

    George S. Patton called the M1 rifle the greatest battle implement ever devised.

  32. melissakujat
    melissakujat Jul 09, 2015

    To all those overseas, please be safe. FLEET FORCE COMMAND MELISSA KUJAT

  33. Ruko
    Ruko Oct 24, 2015

    Patton stated the best fighting implement ever divised.

  34. 34765196
    34765196 Feb 19, 2016

    Gen PATTON

  35. 34800447
    34800447 Mar 03, 2016

    Good piece on the M1, as an Air Force troop in Laos in 1964 I began with an M1 and later transitioned to the newer M14. I would like to know the answer to your question but I don't do Twitter. Thanks for honoring the M1. Spike

  36. 34988591
    34988591 May 04, 2016

    Patton of course!

  37. 35142619
    35142619 Jun 27, 2016

    Gen.George Patton

  38. 35338627
    35338627 Sep 01, 2016

    Ensign house

  39. 35523709
    35523709 Nov 05, 2016

    Oma Bradley

  40. 35548338
    35548338 Nov 13, 2016

    I am an old geeze and in 1961 I qualifed with the M-1. There were still "Brown Booters" from WW 2 left to tell us about combat with the "idiot stick" and this was my weapon. Thanks! Mike Craig

  41. 35669796
    35669796 Dec 14, 2016

    I love M-1 carbines !

  42. 35230665
    35230665 Jan 06, 2017

    General Patton made the comment.

  43. 20093353
    20093353 Jan 07, 2017

    general george s patton

  44. 33829270
    33829270 Jan 07, 2017

    Happy New Year Real commander in chief.

  45. 35880191
    35880191 Feb 27, 2017

    Did Gen. Geo Patton make that comment? Great video by the way. It is the weapon I trained with. AW

  46. 36262849
    36262849 Aug 14, 2017

    I would like to see a follow up on the M-1 rifle. Example the gernade launcher attachment, and sight mechinism . Same for the M-1 carbine. I have seen pictures of carbine used as gernade launcher, but in my tour of duty I never saw nor thought of the carbine as a launcher base. comments?

  47. 36315071
    36315071 Sep 11, 2017

    General Patton

  48. 36429590
    36429590 Nov 12, 2017

    The BAR was technically not a machine gun. It had a large magazine, high volume firing capability but it was more like a very powerful rifle than it was a machine gun. For example, The ammunition for a BAR was not belt fed like the 30 and 50 caliber machine guns.

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