In this episode of the new Shoot Fast! series, CTD Team Shooter Jerry Miculek takes the legendary M1 Garand out to the range to see just how fast he can shoot it.
At the front of the 18:44 video, Jerry talks about the development of the rifle, its wartime use, and cartridge design and variations.
The Shoot Fast! part starts around 11:10, when Jerry shoots 6 rounds into a single paper target at 7 yards. He’s using 150-grain Greek M2 ball ammo loaded into clips (not magazines) unique to the rifle.
The first shot from low ready gets out at .71 seconds, with a total time of 1.56 seconds for the 6-shot string. The split times are around .17 seconds.
“You can see the firepower of the M1 coming into play every 17 hundredths of a second,” Jerry says. “Pretty impressive.”
He later wards off an attack by six charging soda bottles.
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Jerry that was amazing shooting! Thank you! Talk about giving adversaries with K98s a bad day…Wow!
Thanks for a great demo of the old girl. In 1962, while on board a US Navy destroyer on patrol between the islands of Quemoy and Matsu and the Chinese mainland, serving on boarding parties checking contraband, we were still using the Garand and periodically requalifying at the base in Subic. The 8# heft (as I recall) was well balanced as you pointed out in your rapid fire sequence. Thanks again.
Comment by Greg Matelich — April 27, 2013 @ 10:55 am
Lifelong fan of the Garand. Would appreciate attention to reloading. As a suppressive fire platform, the potential reloading speed of the Garand made it very effective. Have watched WW2 and Korea vets reload the rifle 5 times and put out 40 to 48 rounds in a minute, each shot aimed at a target at 100-300 yards, approximate rate of fire, one per second. Reloads took less than 2 seconds. Late in the general issue period, the US Navy did a bunch of 7.62 NATO conversions, and CMP offers a Special Grade in said caliber. The Garand was issued as the primary military MBR from 1936 to 1957. Several nations retained the platform well into the 1970′s and it remains in military use in several nations, primarily for issue to militia. Saw this as recently as 2005 in militia issue in the Philippines. The men who bore those rifles, had the option of an AR, and chose the Garand due to its effective incapacitating wound infliction range and penetration of tree cover capability.
As much as I find speed-shooting interesting and useful, politically it is the wrong thing to emphasize in these days of the Left demonizing number of shots fired in a short time. Machine gun speed is one of their biggest talking points, and our glorifying speed with a semi-automatic is counter-productive.
Excellent video! Two points on the M1 history: I qualified with it three times, Camp Matthews during Marine boot camp, Camp Lejeune and on Okinawa. We didn’t turn in our M1 Garands on Okinawa until 1962 or ’63 when issued the M14. We were told they shipped our M1′s to India for their confrontation with China and we weren’t happy to give them up. Regarding the name Garand — I was taught the name is incorrectly pronounced when Ga-RAND (French pronunciation)and instead should be pronounce “GAR-und” (like errand) as that is how John Garand prounced his name, according to a relative as told to the Marine Corps.
Comment by Steve Singleton — April 27, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
We used these rifles in Navy bootcamp 1967. Saw it again at Camp Pendleton, 1970, survival training before ground deployment to Nam. Was issued an M14 upon arrival in Saigon. I traded the 14 in for an M79 and a S&W Mod 10.
I am fortunate to own one of these rifles made in 1942. I took the wood furniture off to keep it in new condition and added a synthetic stock. Also, took off the original leather rifle sling for a Korean era nylon type. Both these reduced the weight significantly, yet did not change the grouping. It is an awesome weapon of war! If you do not own one, you’re missing out on a true American battle rifle.
I enjoyed the history and shooting demo. I own an M-1 Carbine that was passed to me by my father in law. The rounds that came with it however do not look at all like the ones you demonstrated. They are a straight bras case with no shoulder and a round ball nose. Was the carbine ammo different that the full stock M-1?
Comment by PORTER GRIGGS — April 29, 2013 @ 1:46 pm
There’s a huge difference between the M1 Garand battle rifle (.30-06 ammunition) and the M1 Carbine that you have, which fires a much smaller and less powerful cartridge similar in appearance to the .38 pistol round. M1 (and select-fire M2) carbines were intended for officers and certain other military personnel who would normally be required to carry the Colt .45 1911 pistol but giving them a bit more firepower. There was also a “paratrooper” version with folding stock.
Comment by Steve Singleton — April 29, 2013 @ 2:29 pm
M1 Garand, 30-06, necked cartridge case, 63mm long, mil-spec bullet is a 147-150 grain FMJ.
It is a truly amazing rifle. After you put it on your shoulder and tilt your head slightly you have your target acquired. I hit the almost same group with the M 1 with iron sights as with the M 14 and a scope attached during combat shooting. Yes, it is a little bit heavy but the reward is you can keep the target in your sights. And the cartridge packs an incredible punch.
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