Today in History, January 9, 1936:
“the greatest battle implement ever devised” – Gen. George S. Patton
1936 – The first semi-automatic rifle is issued to the US Army in the form of the M-1 Garand Rifle. Semi-automatic, meaning that a round would be fired each time the trigger was pulled.
The rugged rifle would be used by American fighting men to help win WWII.