The M1 Rifle In Competition: 1940 National Matches


"Thus it was, in 1940, the then-new U.S. Rifle, Cal. .30, M1 was introduced to civilians and to the competitive shooting world as part of the Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) conducted at the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. Civilians at Camp Perry in 1940 could draw an M1 from the supply depot, learn about it in the school and then fire it in competition."


On the August 1938 cover of The American Rifleman magazine, John C. Garand poses with his newly adopted service rifle at the Springfield Armory.
My old NM M1 is an all time favorite. Owned it for 3+ decades. Incredibly accurate and reliable rifle. Off bags with match ammo I’ve put 8 rounds in a group you could cover with a 50 cent piece at 300 yards. That’s as good as I’ve ever shot anything😊