John C. Garand (1888-1974) aiming the semi-automatic .30-06 caliber M1 military rifle he invented (ca. 1935). The M1 Garand was used by U.S. infantrymen in World War II and the Korean War, and its gas-operated locking system was the basis for that used in the M1 Carbine, the M14 rifle, and the Ruger Mini-14 carbine.
Vietnamese soldiers with M1 Carbines and US special forces soldiers with M16 rifles Vietnam September 1968.
Gear up M1 ammo pouch later model. During the second world war the U.S Army came up with an idea of creating "universal pouch" for the ammo of M1 rifles and carbines. The idea was that a standard 10- pouched cartridge belt used for holding rifle ammo would be replaced by these pouches. The idea never came fully true maybe because riflemen were able to carry a greater amount of ammo in the older belts. This pouch can hold two clips for the M1 Garand or two mags for the M1 Carbine. Being…
The M1 Carbine was designed primarily to offer noncombat and line-of-communications troops a better defensive weapon than a pistol or submachine gun, with greater accuracy and range, but without the recoil, cost, or weight of a full-power infantry rifle.
Charlie Co., 2nd of the 8th Two members of Charlie Company, Second of the Eighth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division, holding captured weapons from the Vietcong bunker we discovered. The U.S. M1 rifle and carbine were most likely acquired from South Vietnamese soldiers.