More on the M1.
Your editor's note under "That's No Garand" [V-Mail, August 2009] contains often-repeated misconceptions concerning the M1 rifle and the M1 carbine. The .276 Pedersen rifles [rifles that used the .276-caliber Pedersen cartridge], both the one designed by Pedersen and the one designed by Garand, were never designed as light, smaller-caliber rifles to replace the Springfield. They were both full-sized, full-weight "battle rifles."
... The M1 carbine was never intended to be a replacement for the M1 rifle. It was intended to be a more effective weapon than the .45 automatic pistol for weapons crews, radiomen, etc., who were encumbered enough without carrying a full-sized rifle....
Forgive the nitpicking!
Fred W. Davis
San Francisco, California