The M1 Garand (more formally the United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1) was the first semi-automatic rifle in the world to be generally issued to infantry. It officially replaced the Springfield M1903 rifle as the standard service rifle of the United States military in 1936, and was in turn officially replaced by the M14 in 1957. However, the M1 continued to be issued in large numbers until 1963, and to a lesser degree until 1966.
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