Despite its reputation, the "Fusil Mitrailleur Modéle 1915 CSRG" served effectively in combat for the French military chambered for the 8x50R Lebel cartridge, the Belgian military in 7.65x53 mm, and the Polish military in 7.92x57 mm Mauser.
Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1,” was first used in combat in defense of the Philippines. Although the American and Filipino troops—the “Battling Bastards of Bataan”—were defeated, the M1 performed well. And, like MacArthur, the Garand would return.
Put back into production after the outbreak of the Korean War, M1 rifles made by Springfield, International Harvester and Harrington & Richardson in the 1950s were the last of the Garands. Today, they are gaining attention from collectors and shooters alike.
Rendered in blued steel and walnut, Winchester’s .224-cal. Light Weight Military Rifle could well have become the U.S. Army’s standard arm. But the company gave up on the project in the face of competition from Armalite and its futuristic AR-15.