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M1 carbine

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine was designed and deployed during World War 2. Believe it or not, there are more M1 Carbines out there than the notorious M1 Garand (6.1 million vs. 5.4 million). But what made this popular firearm so compelling?  The U.S. Military built the M1 Carbine because they wanted a light, portable, and reliable […]

M1 Garand Rifle

M1 Garand Rifle

If the Winchester 1873 was “the gun that won the west,” perhaps we could say the M1 Garand is “the gun that won the war.” The rapid-firing, heavy-hitting, distance-stretching reputation of M1 Garand placed fear in the hearts of its enemy long before the trigger finger flexed.  The story of the M1 Garand is a […]

Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy: The Diminutive Giant

For boys growing up during the years right after World War II, no name spoke of heroism more than Audie Murphy. It didn’t matter that most kids didn’t know much about him or precisely what he did. We just knew he was our country’s greatest war hero, and we wanted to be like him. “You […]