When war broke out, the infantry of almost all world armies were equipped with bolt action rifles. The Germans had the Mauser 98k, the Italians had the Carcano, the Japanese the Arisaka, the British the Lee Enfield, the Soviets the Mosin Nagant, and so on. But the Americans did not have a bolt action rifle as their standard infantry weapon. Rather, they had the semi-automatic M1 Garand, which allowed for an overall much faster rate of fire. That’s also not to mention it had an eight shot clip, rather than the typical 5 shot of the time. The M1 was later developed into the M14 rifle following the war.