The Garand Everytime you shoot your Garand you are taking part in living history. From Garand’s roots in Canada to the battlefields of Korea and Vietnam, the Garand tradition lives on through you and me. Matches are held everywhere in the USA almost every weekend. It is/was officially called the United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1, but everyone just calls it the Garand, pronouncing the name different than its inventor. Changed from a .276 caliber to the .30 caliber we know today (this is why the clips can only fit eight rounds of 30-06, originally 10 of .276) Garand’s 1926 design was accepted and designated as the US Semiautomatic Rifle, M1 on 3 August 1933. Available just about everywhere, the Civilian Marksmanship Program is the major seller of Garand’s today. M1’s with new stocks and barrels and receivers dating back to the 1940s are in good supply. Granted, it was designed to be an MOM rifle (minute of man) it can with care and good loads shoot between 2-3 MOA today as long as you do your part. If you look at the national competition results you will find that even the best shooters with the best tuned Garands have difficulty shooting perfect scores at all distances. The Garand is a piece of American history. If you own one, find a match and join in. If you are thinking about one, find a club and watch and talk with those who own one. And remember, the Garand is part of living history, making you part of it too.