National Defense: Garand in Hand

Among all the critics of the Army's semiautomatic Garand rifle (TIME, May 6, et seq.), none has been more acid than the U. S. Marine Corps. But none was more discreet. Marines confined their criticisms to barrack-room griping and a few oblique references at Congressional hearings. Reasons: the Corps is part of the Navy, in many matters is therefore subject to the Navy hierarchy, but the Marines get their weapons and ammunition from the War Department, whose ordnance officers developed and cherished the Garand.

Long after the Army had adopted the Garand, the Marines...

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