- Dec 2015
General George Patton called it “the greatest battle implement ever devised.” It was our nation’s first successful semi-automatic battle rifle, and it was used to defeat fascist forces from the frozen forests of Bastogne to the volcanic ridges of Iwo Jima. It is known as the M-1 Garand, thanks to its legendary designer John C. Garand. This week, the only M-1 owned by Garand himself will be offered for sale by the Rock Island Auction Company.
and Garand himself was a genuinely good guy:
Garand was known not only for his genius as a designer but also for his patriotism. He could have become a very wealthy man thanks to his rifle design but, instead, donated his patent rights to the U.S. government as a token of appreciation to his adopted homeland. According to the GCA Journal, he lived in a modest home in a middle-class neighborhood on Wilton Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was known to tend his garden wearing a suit and tie. He retired from Springfield Armory in 1953 and lived in that house until he died in 1974.
This 'Rifle That Won World War II' Is Likely To Be The Most Expensive Ever