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M1 Garand Rifle

The M1 Garand (officially the United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1) was the first semi-automatic rifle to be generally issued to the infantry of any nation.

What do you know about the M1 Garand rifle? Shoot your way through this this World War II History Made Easy Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1. In 1936, what rifle did it replace as the standard service rifle of the United States military?

  • Harpers H1901 rifle
  • Winchester W1918 rifle
  • Springfield M1903 rifle

2. Firearms designer, working at the Army's Springfield Armory, began with a .30 caliber primer-operated breech. Who was the Firearms designer?

  • John C. Garand
  • Robert J. Baker
  • James W. Stewart

3. During World War II, who had a production contract for 65,000 rifles, with deliveries beginning in 1943?

  • Winchester
  • Browning
  • Thompson

4. The M1's semiautomatic operation gave United States forces a significant advantage in firepower and shot-to-shot response time over individual enemy infantrymen in battle (German and Japanese soldiers were usually armed with bolt-action rifles).

  • True or False?

5. The M1 rifle is a gas-operated, semi-automatic, clip-fed rifle. By modern standards, the M1's feeding system is archaic, relying on clips to feed ammunition, and is the principal source of criticism of the Garand rifle.

  • True or False?

6. What is the M1's length?

  • 42.6 in
  • 43.6 in
  • 44.6 in

7. With .30-06 caliber bullets, how many bullets can the clip hold?

  • 8
  • 10
  • 12

8. Where is the M1's safety?

  • Front of the trigger guard
  • Back of the trigger guard
  • Right of the bolt

9. In June 1944, the it was adopted as a standard sniper rifle.  What model became the sniper rifle?

  • M1A
  • M1C
  • M1F

10. United States citizens meeting certain qualifications may purchase US military surplus M1 Garand rifles through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

  • True or False?


M1 Garand Rifle

  1. Springfield M1903 rifle
  2. John C. Garand
  3. Winchester
  4. True
  5. True
  6. 43.6 in
  7. 8
  8. Back of the trigger guard
  9. M1C
  10. True

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