These pages discuss WWII weapons used in the ABC-TV series Combat! that originally ran in the United States from 1962 through 1967. This information is meant as a primer for fans wanting to identify the weapons used in the series.
The M-1 was the standard weapon of the US infantry soldier in World War II. It is semi-automatic, fed by a clip that holds eight caliber .30 cartridges. It is gas operated, self-loading, and a shoulder weapon. The gun weighs 8.94 pounds, is 43 inches long, with the barrel itself being 22.30 inches. The Garand has a muzzle velocity of 2,760 feet per second, and a maximum range of 5,500 yards. A bayonet can be attached to the M-1, giving it a reach of about five feet.
[Note: .30 means the caliber of the weapon is 30/100 of an inch. The caliber of a weapon is the interior diameter, or size, of the bore.]
In Combat!, the M-1 Garand rifle was used by Caje, Littlejohn, and Billy.
Rifle-grenades are attached to a grenade launcher that fits over the end of the M-1. Rifle grenades are fired by Braddock in the episode "A Day in June" and Kirby in "No Time for Pity." Some versions were a 60 mm mortar shell attached to the grenade launcher.
At left: Sal Mineo in the episode "The Hard Way Back" holding an M1 Garand rifle.
You will often see another American rifle, the Springfield rifle,
in Combat! episodes. This earlier rifle saw service in WWI. The rifles used by
the British soldiers in "What
are the Bugles Blowin' For?" look to be American Springfield '03 rifles, a
bolt-action weapon developed in 1903. In the episode "Doughboy," Eddie Albert's rifle is an authentic
WWI era Springfield.
See the book: A Collector's Guide to the '03 Springfield
The Complete M1 Garand:
illustrated, practical history for shooters and collectors alike, this book tells the
complete story of the robust M1 Garand. High-quality, detailed photos; functional and
troubleshooting data, including original military manuals; market information and much
more make this a valuable resource on a classic battle rifle. Author Jim Thompson has a
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weapon. He weaves stories of war and peace uses of the Garand throughout the text. More
than just a dry technical reference, this is a actually a book from the heart, as shown by
his moving dedication to a friend.
The world's most popular and respected author on WWII firearms presents his most
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components, parts, variations and markings. Learn which parts are proper for which guns
and avoid being fooled. Over 300 clear, large photos show you features, markings, overall
views and actions shots of the guns being used in battle. 33 tables give you instant
reference to the facts you need the most. This is simply the most complete and useful
guide to these very important military firearms.
|The M1 Does My Talking :
The US M1 Garand Rifle In Pictures, WW2 and Korea
Over 300 black-and=white and color
images fully document the Garand Rifles origin, development, battlefield use, and postwar
More Books about WWII M1 Garand
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