NAVY: Marines' Rifle

Before a House subcommittee last month, Major General Thomas Holcomb, Commandant of the U. S. Marine Corps, unbagged a cat, which set up a muted yowl. The cat: news that the crack-shooting Marine Corps was less than satisfied with the Garand semi-automatic rifle, Army-sponsored successor to the reliable, bolt-action 1903 Springfield. With a firm grip on the cat's collar, General Holcomb said discreetly: "We are not certain yet that the Garand rifle will meet our needs. We will know in the course of the next two months whether it is a better rifle than the 1903 Springfield for our...

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