Garand...yeah, the Garand...you know, it's funny - I'd always heard that one of the reasons that the M-16 was preferred to the .308/30-06s was that its lower recoil was less punishing to the uninitiated, but when I finally got to fire a Garand on a regular basis I really started to question that. I consider myself pretty chicken when it comes to recoil but the Garand is a sweetheart in that respect. Maybe Patton knew what he was talking about...
Get your hands on an M-14. It's an improved Garand...you will appreciate the improvements.
posted on 11/22/2003 2:13:26 PM PST
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The Garand is fun & easy to shoot, but it's a pain to strip and reassamble. I can strip and reassemble a Kalashnikov blindfolded (or, at least I could when I had one.)
posted on 11/22/2003 2:37:13 PM PST
" when it comes to recoil but the Garand is a sweetheart in that respect."
To alleviate any concerns about "punishing recoil", my Drill Sergeant would take his M14 and place the buttplate on his crotch, then fire a few rounds downrange.
I always supected he was wearing an armored jock, but couldn't prove it...
Yup, the M-1 Garand was a wonderful weapon. That 173 grain, .30-06 bullet just destroyed an enemy. Talk about knock-down power. It was truly the weapon that won WWII.
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