The Garand features a distinctive loading method where the entire 8-round en-bloc clip is inserted into the action, automatically ejecting when expended and locking the bolt open for a rapid reload.The sharp closing of the bolt when a clip was inserted could result in the bolt slamming shut on the operator's thumb, resulting in a condition given names such as "rifleman's thumb" or "Garand thumb." Much is made of the "ping" sound that occurred when the metal clip landed on a hard surface, but this "disadvantage" imagines that wars are fought as one-on-one duels in perfect silence, and was seldom a factor in reality.There were also 2 sniper variants of the M1 Garand rifle being the M1C (formerly M1E7, introduced in June 1944) and M1D (formerly M1E8, introduced in September 1944).The only difference between the 2 models was the mounting system for the telescopic sights.
As IHC began plans for production of the M1 Garand, a number of formidable problems became apparent.
As one of these collectors told me, “We are just the stewards of our firearms”.
With that in mind, I came across this online database that anyone can submit information about their M1 Garand to.
The firm’s lack of experience in manufacturing firearms made the problems worse.
In hindsight, it is obvious that IHC was ill prepared for the new challenge.