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Bloviating Zeppelin: The M-1 Garand: A Horribly Dangerous American Weapon That Cannot Fall Into The Hands Of Americans

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The M-1 Garand: A Horribly Dangerous American Weapon That Cannot Fall Into The Hands Of Americans

Except that it did, with style, panache, efficacy and honor during World War II, Korea, and some early limited usage in Vietnam.

Invented by John Garand of the United States Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, his rifle allowed the US to enter WWII as the only country possessing a semi-automatic rifle for its soldiers.

Chambered for the rather effective .30-06 Springfield (7.62 X 63 mm NATO) -- or 7.62 X 51 mm (.308 Winchester) round, roughly six million of these rifles were produced.

Apparently now, however, your federal BATF considers this weapon a threat to the United States, as it just might get into your fetid and shaking fingers at a reasonable price.

Here is what has happened as per

The State Department in May 2009 approved a "request by the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to transfer 87,310 M1 Garand rifles and 770,160 M1 carbine rifles to U.S. private entities for subsequent commercial re-sale in the United States."

But the ATF contacted the State Department and argued the stock of rifles "poses a threat to public safety in the U.S." As a result, the State Department reversed its decision.

The transfer of such weapons would raise the number of guns available and, therefore, lower the price, making them more generally available, the agency found.

And Lord, how we absolutely cannot have efficient, reasonably priced rifles more generally available to the American public.

Certainly not at a time when the American public finds itself just a tad distressed with the performance -- or lack thereof -- of its American politicians.

The Second Amendment ought to be the last policy held in high regard by DC during these challenged times, might you not argue?

After all, an approval such as this could prove quite the frightening event for this current administration. Lord Love A Duck, let us keep the American Public ignorant, mute, sheltered, ill educated, anesthetized, placated, soothed and distanced from current reality.

Else they begin to make some soul-shattering -- and regime-shattering -- conclusions.

Of further import from

The gun expert who acted as a source for WND said the implications of the case are significant for several reasons. One is that a "5-year-old" could figure out that if the government classifies one type of rifle as a "threat," there could be similar designations for other kinds of firearms.

Further, he said a team of ATF managers actually took the initiative in writing the agency's condemnation of the Garand. He noted the agency from 2003-2009 traced an estimated 1.8 million guns for various reasons.

But of those, only some 1,900 were Garands.

"It's a very select core of old-school ATF narcissists who have just become too powerful and too arrogant," the source reported.

But perish the thought! Any portion of our federal government "arrogant"? That is so beyond human ken.


Officials with the ATF declined to comment to WND, but a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State explained that the permission had been granted for the rifles to be shipped to the U.S., then it was rescinded.

The decision, explained Karl Duckworth, was prompted because of "concerns that such large numbers" of weapons would be brought into the U.S. and they could be "exploited for illicit purposes."

However, he said he could not elaborate on just exactly who expressed the concerns.

Whom might you think? Mr Obama? Eric Holder? Those attempting to keep themselves in what little good graces exist in the current administration?

Allow me, if I might -- in my moment of tinfoil-hatted alarmism -- to extract the core thoughts of these moves:

Look at our history in this nation. Look at the history of other nations. Who was a "serf"? Was it not someone who was purposely kept in a position of being completely unable to defend himself and his family by efficient means and a level playing field?

I'm quite sure that, about this point, you can draw your own "logical extensions" as I am wont to say.

And if you still don't see it, allow me to conclude from the article:

The report from DHS' Office of Intelligence and Analysis defined right-wing extremism in the U.S. as "divided into those groups, movements and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups) and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

Most notable was the report's focus on the impact of returning war veterans.

"Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists," it said. "DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities."

And who are "extremists"?

Oh yes, that's right: those who believe in limited government, who believe in a Strict Constructionist method of the US Constitution, who believe in the Founding Fathers, who believe in Borders, Language, Culture, who may possibly be members of various TEA Parties.

You know: actual Americans.



Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

I would love to have one. I was in the last cycle at Ft Leonard Wood to complete Basic with the M-1. Shot the high score in our battalion during qualification. Wish the eyes were still that good. The early M-14s were bad. Weak stocks, got hot and jammed, poor balance, etc.
When I got to Germany, promptly bought a .308 at the Rod and gun Club to insure I had something reliable just in case.
As to the ATF, _______(insert raspberry).

Fri Oct 15, 09:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I'd like one in pristine condition as well.

Then, of course, came the Mattell gun.


Fri Oct 15, 10:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

I'd love to have one of those. There will be some smart businessman that will make a "Replica" that will be just as good and for sale here in the US. It will cost more I'm sure.

The fact that our government is dictating what rifles we can possess is a scary thought that has been happening more and more frequently since the early 80's. I used to think the NRA was the best way to fight these gun grabbers. But lately, the NRA has been less than efficient in this task.

I don't know who is fighting this particular ban but I will be finding out who to send money to for the fight.

Sat Oct 16, 10:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger dmurray said...

I hate to harsh anyone's mellow, but if you were ordered to take one of these off their hands the bitching would be, "Eewwww, its so damn heavy, I can't hold it still without a C-clamp, are they all this loud? What, no bipod? It kicks so hard. I can't find my brass. These end bloc clips are hard to refill. Did I say its loud and kicks too hard and is soooo heavy? Will it shoot all this .308 I have laying around? Where do I put the laser and tactical light?"

Thanks, Homes.

Sat Oct 16, 11:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Maggie Thornton said...

I'm thinking those 770,000+ Garands went somewhere.

Sat Oct 16, 12:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger commoncents said...


Common Cents

Sat Oct 16, 12:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

I've got a C&R and would love to have one... the CMP cleaned up ones cost way too much for me to justify, but if there were more on the market the price would drop.

Yes we did give them to Korea, not lend them... but that should be no reason to stop them from coming into the US.

Besides you can get far more capable rifles for far cheaper than a C&R Garand...this is just to slap S. Korea in the face and insult them. We can't have any allies now, can we?

Sat Oct 16, 04:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Well, Im in serious trouble then, since I have two... sigh... stupidity just continues to be compounded...

Sat Oct 16, 06:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

DM: yeah, you know there would be a FEW pussies who would say that, but predominantly they're not my readers with one sole exception. Certainly YOU and ME wouldn't say that! ;^)


Sun Oct 17, 10:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AJ: yeah, no allies, not SK and not Taiwan. . .


Sun Oct 17, 11:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger mrchuck said...

Liberal politics is causing this!
I know the M-1 inside and out, and can still dis-assemble one very quickly. My weapon all thru the High School ROTC. Used both in the very early years 1961-1965 with MACV-SOG VIET-NAM hamlet pacification.
The M-2 carbine was the first choice of all RVN soldiers and Hmong tribesmen. The size was right, even though the .30 cal carbine round was 110 grains, and essentially a pistol round in knock-down and stay-down capability.
The only grace was the M-2 was selectable to full auto, and I loved this.
NRA and DCM are trying to get this repealed, and when this next election sweeps out a lot of CAREER leftist politicians, hopefully our new politicians can get this ruling totally abolished.

Mon Oct 18, 02:15:00 PM PDT  

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