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This rifle was built around then-experimental .276 caliber (7mm) cartridge. At the same time, his rifle was tested by the US Military against its main competitor, a .276 caliber Pedersen rifle, and was eventually recommended for adoption by US Army early in the 1932. But a little bit later an US general MacArthur stated that the US Military should stick to the old .30-06 cartridge. Foreseeing that, Garand already had a variation of his design chambered for 30-06.
Originally posted by Esoterica
On a side not, I really wish the US would have pursued the M2 into a true assault rifle, instead of going with the M-14 and realizing it was wholly inadequate for the role.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Not that the M-14 is not an excellent weapon, because it is an awesome rifle,
but I have always wondered why the military chose to improve the M-1, when the tactical handwriting was on the wall, regarding short medium caliber rifles. I'm guessing that the M-14 was built for a NATO war, not a SEATO war.