The U.S. Krag-Jorgensen was America’s first bolt-action repeater chambered for a smokeless-powder cartridge. In the hands of American troops around the globe, the Krag played a small, but key, role in the rise of the “American Century.”
Not only was the Marlin Model 39 lever-action .22-cal. rifle a popular rimfire for the commercial market of its day, it even had a small role in the events of one World War II battlefield.
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.