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Overrated guns of history: the M1 Garand

M1 Garand

Let’s get one thing straight, first and foremost. I love the M1 Garand. They are fun to shoot, great to own, and are an incredibly important piece of our national history, and our pop culture landscape. Thanks to the early Call of Duty games (remember when Call of Duty was about killing Nazis? Pepperidge Farm remembers), Band of Brothers, and Saving Private Ryan, even kids with no family connection to the war can identify the M1 Garand and it’s distinct “ping” when it runs out of ammo. But was it really as great a gun as we seem to think it was?

Shooting question: when you should get on the trigger?

Photo by Shelley Rae

Photo by Shelley Rae

We all know what the 4 Rules say. Rule 3: Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. In the photo above, my sights aren’t on the target in a way that I could verify. But my muzzle is in a safe direction, and I’m sure of what’s beyond my target. I’m willing to subject myself to the Internet Safety Nazis in order to have a conversation: when is it too early to get on the trigger?