Surely one of the weapons see the most popular weapon among the Americans. Indeed, share its lightness and its maneuverability, it was quickly adopted by the GI (in 1941). But why create this weapon while the American army had already of the famous M1 Garand 2 years? All because the army, in 1938, needed a light weapons to equip the officers, NCO's, heavy gunners, Scouts, drivers, and all who can not use the garand because of its weight, size,... The rifle was the good compromise. In all, 6 million units were produced during the war, evidence that she won a great success.
However,. the paratroopers found this weapon too cumbersome for them. A new command was then launched, and the M1A1 appeared. The major change is the lacrosse, which is more wood, but metal, that can fold and store in his bag. Paras were then armed and place gain is not negligible.
This gain of place still gives a major flaw in the weapon, because then, place gain strongly reduces the lethal bullets value. Shooting is also stronger than that of the Garand... In the Pacific, it was this rifle bullets were not enemy combinations, because the shooting was by far, which posed a huge problem in these conditions.
|Arms and/or ammunition||.30 M1 (7, 62 x 33 mm)|
|Rate of fire||30 rounds per minute|
|Scope practice||300 m, max: 2010 m|
|Mass||2.36 Kg (2.50 Kg for the M1A1)|
|Length||904 mm / canon: 450 mm (905 mm for the M1A1, 648 mm with the butt folded)|
|Initial speed||610 m/s|