Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
In about 1968 we went camping, hunting, and frogging with a guy who had fought in WWII. He had a M1. He was right proud of how he could shoot it too. We were on a small hill overlooking a big field. At about 700 yards out a ground hog popped up out of a hole. He said he could shoot it without any problem. He set up and waited for it to pop up again and fired. It went back down the hole. My brother gave him a hard time about that. I was only about 12 at the time I guess but my brother was 15 and already a good shooter. The guy swore he had hit it but my brother kept saying it ran back down the hole. Then we saw it pop up again. My brother really gave him the business after that. My brother said to let him have a try at it. He fired and it appeared to run back down the hole. The guy laughed and said he missed a mile. My brother swore he hit it. So after a few minutes of back and forth they decided the only way to know was to check. My brother walked out in the field (which was plowed so it took him half an hour to get there) and picked up two dead ground hogs out of that hole. Both guys had hit their target and the ground hogs had just rolled over backwards down in the hole.
I knew then how great an M1 could shoot. That was the first time my brother had ever shot one. But he's always had a knack for pulling off impossible stuff like that. It didn't surprise me the WWII guy doing it because it was common for guys in the war to make shots like that at enemy soldiers but my brother doing it was a big surprise.