The M1 Garand is the most basic weapon that you can issue to your men, to replace their standard Springfields. Overall, the M1 Garand is a good rifle with excellent range, damage and accuracy, although the Springfield is slightly superior in all but the latter. Its main advantage over the Springfield is its larger clip size and semi-automatic action, allowing your men to fire multiple rounds in sequence at a single target.
- Greater effective range;
- Greater maximum damage;
- A longer reloading time;
- An almost negligible close-range bonus;
- A smaller cartridge capacity;
- An inability to allow its operator to switch targets.
If you have the Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon, your regulars, scouts and French resistance troops will be automatically issued M1 Garands in replacement of Springfields for free. Troops that are given Ranger Training will also receive one.
- The M1 Garand was made in America and was among the first semi-auto rifles. Eight cartridges were put into a metal band and this was pushed into the rifle to allow the firing of all eight rounds before reload. It however emitted a high pitched "Ping!" when spent. But nonetheless, the rifle did not need cocking of a bolt to eject spent ammo after every shot.
- That "Ping!" noise often gave away when soldiers ran out of ammo. However, many used this to their advantage by slamming down an already spent metal band to trick the enemy into premature return firing. Besides, enemy soldiers could only really rely on the ping sound if they were fighting a small force, because in a large battle there would be too many "ping" noises to count, and at any moment there would still be plenty of other loaded rifles. Also, it is probable that the "ping" sounds were often muffled by other battlefield noises.
- General George S. Patton called this " the greatest implementation of battle ever devised". So this rifle has gotta be at least pretty good.
- This gun is often called "The gun that won the war". It was one of the first semi-automatic guns invented by the Americans because they wanted more firepower then the Springfield provided.
- This gun was one of the workhorses in the Vietnam War, serving along side the M16 and M14.
- (Kiss) "This the M1 Garand. This is the greatest rifle ever made. It won WWII; it was in service long than any other rifle that I can imagine. It is a semi-automatic, gas-operated shoulder weapon.... it is accurate up to ah over a thousand yards. It is a rifle that I shot... I love it." R. Lee Ermey.