Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
February 1949, Ft. Jackson S.C. Made expert, lots of fun shooting the UKD range. After that I was issued an M2 carbine. On July 5, 1950 I found carbines were ineffective beyond about 200 yards, and then they were questionable, so picked up an M-1. Very effective. I later acquired a 1903A3 Springfield with Lyman sights. Used that for a while also when I had time. Never fired an M-14. Just a souped up M1 in my opinion. However a wet M-1 sometimes failed to function properly. The Springfield was always there! Wind drift with a 10-12 MPH wind from 9 or 3 o'clock was about 3 feet at 500 to 600 yards. Any hit on the target was acceptable.