Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
Sort of interesting. When I was in college, a friend and classmate was in the Marine reserve and was the armorer at the local reserve center. I used to go in with him sometimes on weekends and help clean and maintain the weapons.
After I graduated, I volunteered for the draft (1955) and went to basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC. We were issued M1 rifles, given quick field strip instructions and told to take them down and clean them. So I did. When the platoon sergeant saw all those little pieces from the bolt and trigger group, he about had a fit. When I put them all back together, he didn't know what to make of a raw draftee who could do that.