🔶Comment the BEST small arms weapon of WW2 in your opinion.🔶
THE M1 GARAND
This rifle, often called the best rifle of the Second World War, and even “the best weapon war ever created”, was the standard issue of US troops during World War Two.
The M1 was designed in 1928 and produced from 1934-1956, and in the end, 5,468,772 would be created.
The rifle chambered .30-06 Springfield (7.62x63mm) rounds in an 8-round en-bloc clip internal magazine.
It shoots around 40-50 rounds a minute, has a muzzle velocity of 2,800 ft/s (853m/s), and has an effective firing range of 500 yards (457m).
It weighed about 9.5-11.6 lb’s (4.31-5.3kg) and cost around $85 in World War Two ($1,200 in 2016).
The M1 Garand was indeed perhaps the best, most versatile rifle of the Second World War. It’s semi-automatic during capability allowed it to outshoot the German Kar98k, which was bolt action, and thus many Germans came to fear the weapon. The Germans did have their own semi-automatic rifle, but it was not heavily produced enough for all troops to acquire it.
I personally think the best overall small arms weapon in terms of stats during WW2 would be the German-made StG-44 (first assault rifle), but in terms of overall impact and versatility, the M1 Garand has my vote all the way. The StG-44 simply was not made in high enough numbers to make a real impact.
This is just my personal opinion, and by all means feel free to put yours down in the comments below!
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