Originally Posted by DrFootball
I don't known how anyone could argue against the Garand. As far as the m1 Carbine. If my Dad had not switched out his battery's carbines for Garands and Tompsons in Korea, I would not be here.
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Well, I argued against it because the FG-42, although produced in far less quantity than the M1, had all the features that one would like in a battle rifle
* In-line stock design and muzzle brake to reduce muzzle climb
* Pistol grip for better control and hand stop on forward hand guard for better control during firing and manipulation
* Side mounted detachable 20 round magazines for quick magazine changes from the prone position
* Folding sights and optics mount for a magnifying optical sight
* Shorter overall length than a typical battle rifle with a full length barrel
* Good weight distribution for better pointability
* folding bipod for prone fire
* Selective fire
It doesn't matter how many were produced, they did work and they did have a feature set (side mounted magazine and folding iron sights aside) that the designs that followed WWII had.
I like the M1 and M14 and own both, but the FG-42 had the feature set of the M14 about a decade before its introduction.
The M14 or something like it was what John Garand and Melvin Johnson originally had in mind to arm our troops with, but the brass overruled them and so the M14 didn't come to fruition until after WWII.
We produced, literally, billions of rounds of ammunition in WWII, some of which are still being used to this day and the brass was worried about our guys using too much ammunition, so detachable 20 round magazines were not to be (until after Korea happened and people like your father and my grandfather learned the hard way that even a M1919 with 3 barrels with 8 belts between him and the gunner weren't enough to stop a single battalion of the Chinese Army, literally freezing to death, from advancing towards them up the side of a mountain and into their machine gun when only every third man was armed with a WWII bolt action and no supporting mortars or machine guns).