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by drpruner / September 20, 2008 1:40 PM PDT

Nice story, though.
Long Shot: Man finds rifle his dad used in Korea
"... Virgil Richardson fondly remembered the .30-caliber M1 Garand rifle he carried during his time as a soldier during the Korean War.
He even still had the weapon's serial number.
Using that number, Jim Richardson went online and found the firearm at a Kentucky gun broker. ...
Virgil Richardson said he'll wait until his Oct. 26 birthday to shoot the weapon.
"What shocked me the most is how very heavy it is," he said. "I have trouble now holding it up and aiming it. I guess they were made for 20- and 21-year-olds."

If memory serves, the Garand was the smaller and lighter carbine, given to radio ops and such. The M1A1 was even heavier.

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Carbines were not Garand......
by Mac McMullen / September 20, 2008 2:44 PM PDT

Re: " If memory serves, the Garand was the smaller and lighter carbine",

The M1 Rifle was called Garand, ie, named after John Cantius Garand, the designer.

As for the carbines.......
"Despite being designed by Winchester, the great majority of these were made by other companies. The largest producer was the Inland division of General Motors, but many others were made by contractors as diverse as IBM, the Underwood typewriter company, and the Rock-Ola jukebox company".

From here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_carbine#Production_and_usage

The M1 Carbine was single shot semi-automatic. A later version, the M2, was adopted with an option, providing a fire selection for full automatic.

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I stand corrected. So the poor guy had to
by drpruner / September 20, 2008 3:44 PM PDT

carry his radio and the big rifle.

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His big rifle and the BIG radio
by Mac McMullen / September 20, 2008 5:09 PM PDT
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Right. The "*****-10" was used when I was in
by drpruner / September 20, 2008 5:15 PM PDT

during Vietnam era. Never had to carry one.
16 tubes, all of which had 'hardened' filaments and such, but broke down anyway. And of course they ate batteries like candy.
Now it's all GPS and iTunes. Young whippersnappers!

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