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    On This Day In History

    January 26, 1945, General Patton, in a letter to the War Department's Chief of Ordnance, made his famous statement that the US Rifle, Caliber 30, M1 was "the greatest battle implement ever devised".
    A copy of that historic letter is here http://www.ammoland.com/2020/01/this...ttle-implement
    There is a short, and interesting article at the link.

    If you ever have the chance to fire this absolutely great rifle, do so.
    And if you can find, and afford, one to buy, you should probably do so. Since they are not made anymore, there are only a finite number in existence.
    If you already own one, welcome to the club.

    Mine is a Springfield made in April 1945. Of all my rifles, it will be the very last one I will sell.
    "There is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Winston Churchill
    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
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    Thanks RPD

    I went to the CMP Website out of Talladega, AL and here is some additional info on the M1 and Gen Patton's letter. CMP has a few available FYI
    Enjoy!

    https://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/m1-garand/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWPI...ature=youtu.be


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    I value the one I own. I do keep in mind at the time he said that the world was a different place. I was the first semi Auto issue rifle. It had to be a big deal . I will never sell any firearm. They already have a place when I die or am no longer able to care for them.
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    After reading this Obama said I am on it.

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    Slippy, the prices have not gone up very much.
    15 years ago I paid $600 for a Field Grade example.

    I bought my first in 1974, at Woolworths Department Store in West Palm Beach, Florida. Those were the days where you just walked in, gave them money, they gave you your gun, and you walked out.
    I paid $268 for it, I remember that well. Allowing for inflation, that would be more than 1,000 of today's dollars.
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    "There is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Winston Churchill
    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
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    Good film, Slippy.
    I just watched it, and as a WWII historian I found it fascinating.
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    "There is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Winston Churchill
    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
    Member: VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Society of the 5th Infantry Division, Sons of the American Revolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    January 26, 1945, General Patton, in a letter to the War Department's Chief of Ordnance, made his famous statement that the US Rifle, Caliber 30, M1 was "the greatest battle implement ever devised".
    A copy of that historic letter is here http://www.ammoland.com/2020/01/this...ttle-implement
    There is a short, and interesting article at the link.

    If you ever have the chance to fire this absolutely great rifle, do so.
    And if you can find, and afford, one to buy, you should probably do so. Since they are not made anymore, there are only a finite number in existence.
    If you already own one, welcome to the club.

    Mine is a Springfield made in April 1945. Of all my rifles, it will be the very last one I will sell.

    I have 13 of them, six in 30 Cal. and 7 in 7.62 NATO.

    Carried one in the US army until the M-14 was out and around to regular outfits.

    Got my first one from DCM for $98.00 in 1964?

    I restore them all the time in my shop.

    Here is a picture of me in basic on the trainfire range with an M-1 in October 1960.

    I had just fired a clip of 8 and was bringing it back to reload.

    Next up were the popup targets out to 500 yards.

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    Last edited by SOCOM42; 01-26-2020 at 10:16 PM.

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    Got mine from a family member. Will not be sold off as long as I'm alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    Got mine from a family member. Will not be sold off as long as I'm alive.
    My daughter says she will not sell any of my guns when I go.

    Says they are part of me and wants to keep them together.

    This even includes the machine guns, no transfer tax either because it is a family member.

 

 

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