John C. Garand
N 42° 06.436 W 072° 34.884
A statue of inventor, designer, and engineer John Garand is locate at the southeast part of the Springfield Armory Museum at 1 Armory Square in Springfield, MA.
A bronze life-size, head and upper body bust of John C. Garand is presented on a wooden pedestal that contains a bronze plaque. John C. Garand is wearing a suit jacket and tie. He is looking straight ahead. The sculpture was created by Richard Deane in 1994. The plaque on the pedestal is inscribed:
JOHN C. GARAND
1888 - 1974
A QUIET GENIUS WHO GAVE
HIS ADOPTED COUNTRY
"THE GREATEST BATTLE IMPLEMENT EVER DEVISED"
THE M-1 RIFLE
DONATED BY THE MEMBERSHIP
OF THE GARAND COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION
JUNE 6, 1994
In 1917 Garand's design for a light machine gun was selected by the War Department and Garand was given a position with the United States Bureau of Standards in Washington DC to perfecting the the machine gun. The first model was built in 1919, too late for the War effort. The Government then employed Garand as an engineer with the Springfield Armory in Springfield, MA. There he perfected his most acclaimed invention the mass-produced, self-loading M1 rifle. Not only did he invent the rifle but also the machines to enable its mass-production and the machines to make the production machines.
The M1 rifle was adopted by the United States military and used as standard small arm weapon throughout World War II. Lt. General George M. Patton said "In my opinion, the M1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised." The M1 rifle was the first semiautomatic rifle to be adopted by a major military power.
The Springfield Armory Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Admission and parking is free.