The M1 Garand was adopted by the United States military as its standard service rifle, but a rifle that had tremendous influence on the M1 Garand was the Pedersen rifle. This was because the developer of the Pedersen rifle, John Pedersen, significantly increased the bar for those who were seeking to create the U.S. military’s next rifle. The Pedersen rifle itself was a semi-automatic in the age where bolt guns were the norm.
Pedersen Rifle (9/11)
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