Curio & Relics

Educational Zone #62 – Great Firearms – The M-1 Garand

“The M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.” Those words sum up the opinion of General George Patton regarding the M-1 Garand rifle. Many will agree with him, at least up until that point in history. The M-1 Garand rifle was developed by John C, Garand in 1936 to replace the 1903 Springfield bolt action rifle. It was the first really successful semi-automatic battle rifle. Primarily due to [...]

Educational Zone #67 – Great Firearms – The M-1 Carbine

During WWII, it was recognized that many rear area troops, and even front line troops with jobs that required them to carry other equipment, did not need or want to carry the heavy M-1 Garand battle rifle. The M-1 Garand weighed around 10 pounds and was large and somewhat cumbersome for use from a vehicle. But these troops needed more than a pistol, as, even then, knowledgeable people knew that “Rifles are rifles [...]

Educational Zone #68 – Great Firearms – The 1903-A3 Springfield Rifle

I have long admired the Springfield 1903-A3 rifle. I looked for an example to add to my collection for many years. I saw a lot of good examples, but I wanted a really nice one. Then one year at the Big Houston Gun Show, I finally found the one I wanted and it was at a great price. I snatched it up! Here it is. The Springfield bolt action rifle, caliber .30-06, was developed in 1903 for use by the U.S. Military. It [...]

Educational Zone #70 – Great Firearms – The Johnson Rifle

Recently, my friend Boyd asked me, “Do you think the guys would be interested in seeing my Johnson rifle?” I said, “I’m sure they would. I sure know that I’d like to shoot it.” So, he met me at the range with his rifle. Here it is. The Johnson rifle was designed by Melvin Johnson and offered in competition with the M-1 Garand for acceptance by the U. S. Army in 1941. Long story short, [...]

Educational Zone #71 – Great Firearms – The M-1917 Enfield

The M-1917 Enfield, also called The American Enfield, is a great firearm. In 1914, the British wanted more battle rifles in a very bad way. They had designed a fine rifle called the Pattern 1914 Enfield, caliber .303 British, but needed foreign contractors to build it for them. They contracted with American companies, mostly Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone to produce these rifles for them. More than one and [...]
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