1. The M1 Garand
The M1 Garand definitely laid the ground for today’s generation of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. This semi-automatic rifle chambered for the .30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge was widely used by the US Army from 1936 to 1957. It was the very first standard-issue semi-automatic military rifle. The name comes from that of its designer John Garand.
It gave the United States forces a distinctive advantage in various firefights during World War II. Their Axis enemies who relied on the slower-firing bolt-action rifles were no match to these effective standard-issue rifles. In addition to being semi-automatic, the M1 is air-cooled, clip-fed, gas-operated, shoulder-fired weapon. These features make it an exclusive military rifle.
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