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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 872 pages
  • Publisher: Mowbray Publishing, Inc. (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931464561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931464567
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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'Impressive' does not do it justice, 'mind-boggling' is nearer the mark. --Garand Collectors Association Journal, Winter 2013

A serious, expansive piece of scholarship...it is an invaluable, remarkable, and readable resource. --Mark A. Keefe IV, American Rifleman January 2014

A perfect book...A true tour de force of gun scholarship. --Firearms Radio Network

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This book is clearly written and thorough in detail.
J. Dale West
Just a quibble because I love books,but I'm happy with my purchase and recommend it to all students of firearms history.
Uncle Mike
Bruce Canfield's new book, "The M1 Garand Rifle" is simply amazing!
D. Albert

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Albert on November 24, 2013
Bruce Canfield's new book, "The M1 Garand Rifle" is simply amazing! I think this is the current title holder for the best gun book ever published. That's my initial assessment, based on several factors. Here are some of my observations in the few hours I have spent with the book so far:

¡ It's 872 pages long - A tome of Garand information with no comparison
¡ Photos are color throughout, wherever color photos were available
¡ It features profuse use of inset marking photos, which is a feature I love to see
¡ The book is in portrait format, which is easier to reference, yet it still presents the rifles and inset photos in a pleasing layout that is more often experienced in a landscape formatted book
¡ The detail is incredible
¡ Bruce must have thousands of hours in this book
¡ I like how accessories are featured throughout the book
¡ Photography is top notch
¡ This book will be very difficult to top, and I don't think anyone will attempt to do so - This is the authoritative reference on the subject that will be studied for decades to come

I am among 58 who are listed as contributing to the book, however I do not have any major connection to it, and this is all Bruce Canfield's work. My contribution was extremely minor, in that I reviewed the Field Manual and Technical Manual commentary, and provided a couple of pictures. Whenever a good firearm reference book like this is written, many collectors are consulted for photos and information. It's what helps the author to make it as comprehensive as it can be at the time it's written.

Bruce should be extremely proud of this book. Wow! It's really exceptionally great.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Holtum on December 8, 2013
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The best, most complete, detailed book on the M1, I have seen. Excellent photos detailing minor changes in parts. Detailed history of related prototypes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James J. Smith on February 18, 2014
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Very detailed, plan to spend some considerable time devouring this one. I was struck by the fact that the red tape and inefficiency of anything involving the government was so pronounced even in the 1920's. It's a wonder we even had this weapon given the myriad attemmpts to discredit the design.

The reference material is excellent, and this is probably the most valuable book to have if you collect or wish to research the Garand rifle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Mike on January 12, 2014
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Hi, this is the most researched book ever on the M1 Garand. Canfield knows his stuff and combines a ton of information from numerous sources in one book. If you have an interest in the history of firearms or the M1 Garand this is the new "bible".I think that the printing/binding leave something to be desired in such a great,and heavy book. I have Mr. Canfields other books and they were printed in the US and they, after 10 years still look like new. Just a quibble because I love books,but I'm happy with my purchase and recommend it to all students of firearms history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Cooper on January 1, 2014
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Holy cow!! This is far and away the coolest book on the M1 Garand! It gives a most in depth story of its development and the guns and manufacturers it competed with to come to be THE battle rifle of WWII and beyond. Sadly, it shows that the government has not changed much in politics, but a very intriguing narrative. I love the breakdown in the years of production and usage. I was able to find anything and everything on the M1 and am not close to fully reading it as of 1-1-14. Love that it is a hardback with dust jacket cover. If my gun ever fails, I am sure the book could harm someone as a thrown object and save my life as I am pretty sure it will stop a 30-06 with its 3lbs and 2" thick heft!!! The only book to buy, even though I already owned "the complete guide of the m1 and m1 carbine" by Canfield and the owners guide by Mr. Duff......own this and buy no other!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By yahoomarine on December 26, 2013
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Wonderful book on the M1. Full of historical data and information. Lots of pictures too. If there is fault it is that the book is almost too big, but that would be nit picking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dudley W. Cone on February 2, 2014
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Although this is a great book, it should have been in 2 volumes. You can't just pick it up and read it, it has to laid on something because it is so heavy. It has a ton of good information, but the shear size and weight of it makes you have to plan where to lay it and read it. Other than that, it a great book.
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Just don't buy it from Amazon. Sure you might save a few dollars on shipping. But all they did was drop it into a cardboard box and fling it into the UPS/USPS churn. The thing weighs 6 and half pounds and arrived with torn dust jacket and bent corners. Poor score for a keeper. Amazon used to plastic wrap the books to a cardboard backer. Next time I'll by from CMP which is what you should do now
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