Image: Infantry armed with M1 Rifles (U.S. National Archives)
Origin & Designer
Gas Operated Semi-Automatic
Aperture Rear & Barleycorn Front
8 Round Clip
Practical Rate of Fire
Maximum Rate of Fire
The US Army had took an interest in semi-automatic rifles since before the First World War and after extensive trials with many different designs they finally adopted the M1 Garand. Classed as the standard U.S. Infantry rifle, the Garand was the first semi-automatic to see service on a large scale. It remained the main battle rifle until 1957 and saw action not only in WW2 but Korea.