Likely the most widely-used, full-sized, semi-automatic rifles of the second world war; the SVT-40 and the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1.” Though known as the M1 Garand, the designer’s name was not stamped anywhere on the rifle or, to my understanding, used in any official capacity in the rifle’s naming. Still, it is what it is colloquially best known as, though I tend to call it the M1 Rifle. Anyhow, where to begin?

Soldier with M1 Garand

Their origins, at least in terms of Military adoption, are pretty much neck-and-neck. 1936, at that time the M1 was adopted though the gas system was different…

Sgt. Harold A Marshall of the Calgary Highlander’s Sniping Platoon in Belgium during the Second World War

The Lee Enfield Family of Rifles

Two names; Lee and Enfield. For anyone remotely privy to small arms of the World Wars or indeed common and affordable milsurp rifles used for hunting in Canada or Australia or the UK, those names should be abundantly familiar. Lee, from James Paris Lee of Scotland who lived in Canada and the United States for a time, the inventor of the box magazine, had his family name applied to the Lee family of rifles for having designed the action. The 1888 Lee Metford was the beginning of what would become the Lee Enfield, which…

Canadian University Shooting Federation

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