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M1 Garand Development

The US military spent many years searching for a semiautomatic rifle design suitable for general issue. They eventually chose the Garand gas-operated rifle, but there were many other interesting rifles involved along the way. The early designs we have information on are:

Colt 1929 rifle
Danish Bang rifle
Swiss Rheinmetall 1928 rifle
Swiss Rychiger rifle
Pedersen .276 rifle
Thompson .276 rifle
White .276 rifle
Winchester .30 rifle

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