The M1 Garand Rifle
It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of the M1 Garand rifle as a battle weapon. From the hills of Normandy to the islands of the Pacific, "U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1" can be said, quite literally, to have saved the free world from conquest and dictatorship.
The only general-issue semiautomatic service rifle of World War II, the M1 won over a generation of skeptics in the Army and Marine Corps, proving its value in countless battles across the globe, and eventually becoming the most beloved military longarm of the 20th century. This remarkable book, based upon a vast collection of previously unpublished research, compiled with the aid of Garand experts from around the world, is the definitive guide to the most popular collectible firearm in America.
Author Bruce N. Canfield explains even the most complex aspects of Garand collecting with a clear and easy-to-understand style. After reading this book, collectors will be able to differentiate incorrect "put-together" rifles from "proper G.I." examples that anyone would be proud to own.. 872 pages, 2150+ illustrations.
9" x 11.5" Hardcover $95.99
The complete story of the M1 Garand service rifle told by one of today's foremost arms authors and researchers. Nothing even approaching this level of detail has ever been attempted before, as Canfield not only covers the Garand's production and issue both in the United States and elsewhere but also includes hundreds of pages aimed at showing the collector exactly what to look for when examining a rifle that is being offered for sale. Even accessories and accouterments are given the same level of intense scrutiny. A true tour de force of gun scholarship and an absolutely indispensable tool for collectors and historians alike.
“Pure gold...a must have for any collector, [and] the definitive work on the subject.”
Co-Founder, The Garand Collectors Assn.
Editor, The GCA Journal
“This is the book I've been waiting for...a remarkable and readable resource on America's greatest rifle.”
Mark A. Keefe IV
Editor-in-Chief, American Rifleman
Outdoor Channel television personality
“It's hard to imagine that there is any Garand information out there that is not in this book. Canfield has hit the ball out of the park. An almost unimaginable achievement.”
Technical Editor, Gun and Sword Collector magazine
“A true tour de force of gun scholarship, this is the complete story of the M1 Garand service rifle as told by one of today's foremost arms authors and researchers. Nothing even approaching this level of detail has ever been published before. Documents Garand's production and issue both in the U.S. and elsewhere and has also given a level of intense scrutiny to the Garand's accessories and accouterments. Color printing throughout!”