Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
At the Flemington, NJ Fair Grounds, circa 1957-8. The local Guard unit always had a display and permitted everyone to handle Garands, Carbines, BARs, etc. I was shown how to open and close the bolt, (without getting the M-1 thumb). What I remembered most was its weight, since I must have weighed all of 100 lbs at the time....I could barely lift the BAR as I recall.....
Can you imagine this today !! ??? >MW