Garand Assembly, 1942.
As Herschel Smith points out, in a critique of this New York Times editorial: "We’ve Always Had Access To Military Firearms."
But the best sentence of the commentary is this one: “But now anyone can own these guns, and millions are in civilian hands.” The editorial staff should do their history homework, or maybe read a little bit. The M1 Carbine used a high capacity magazine with a low to moderate recoil cartridge. And it has been around and used by the military since 1942, and used by the civilian population since right after World War II. I recently purchased one myself, a new rifle from Auto Ordnance.We (American citizens) have always had access to military firearms. The ready availability of firearms isn’t new. Neither, for that matter, is acts of terror against school children (see Bath School Disaster). What is new is American fascists blaming firearms owners for such events.
Doug Rink has some "More thoughts on mind blowing December gun sales," pointing out that puts into perspective the almost three million background checks, by pointing out that we built just over 4 million M-1 Garands during all of World War II.
Of course the Civilian Marksmanship Program is still the best and cheapest source of M-1 Garands today. I have been told that the CMP store racks in the Anniston, Alabama store are half empty, despite the constant effort of their twenty or so armorers to receive, tear down, inspect and rebuild the Garands there. CMP also continues to be a major source for .30-06 ammo.
We should find out later today if the Garand is one of the weapons that DiFi will attempt to ban by name or characteristic. In any case, it remains an effective battle rifle. So if you can't find an evil black rifle, or one of the M-14 clones, you might want to give the Garand a try.