When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.
In this photo essay, NRA Publications Deputy Executive Director Chip Lohman takes us back to the era in which he was accepted into the USMC Officer Candidate Program while attending the University of Kansas. After graduating, he served for 21 years in all three Infantry Divisions and various desk jobs, retiring in 1994 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
From an importer of Kentucky Rifle kits to bullet maker to one of the world’s premier barrel makers, BPI/Bergara’s road to success has been long and winding. Now the company, which makes suppressors, too, has set its sights on becoming one of America’s foremost rifle makers.