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Listed below are books which may be of interest to any CMP participant.

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The Complete M1 Garand by Jim Thompson
Good history and technical description of the Garand. Includes reprint of Baretta manual for Garand.
Complete Guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine by Jim Thompson
Information about the Garand and Carbine.
The M14 Owner’s Guide and Match Conditioning Instructions by Jim Thompson
M14, the Army’s successor to the Garand.
The M1 Garand: Owner’s Guide(1994) by Scott A. Duff
This is a must have book.
The M1 Garand: World War II(1993) by Scott A. Duff
History of the Garand during WW II .
The M1 Garand: Post World War II(1989) by Scott A. Duff
History of the Garand after WW II.
The M1 Garand: Serial Number & Data Sheet Guide(1995) by Scott A. Duff
This is a must have book if you want to determine the history of your Garand and whether or not it has original parts. It comes in a pocket sized paperback format so it is handy to carry while you are shopping for Garands or parts.
The M1 Garand of World War II – A guide for the Collector(1987) by Scott A. Duff
This book is out of print.
The Garand Papers 1920 thru 1937 by E. Clancy
The author of this book has researched the development of the United States .30 Caliber M1 semi-automatic rifle. The book and free information on the web site are copies of the Original Ordnance files.
The M1 Does My Talking, The US M1 Garand Rifle In Pictures WW2 and Korea by Robert Bruce
This one is hard to find but wonderful to look at. It has fantastic pictures of Garands in action and many wartime posters that show Garands.
Ordnance Tools, Accessories & Appendages of the M1 Rifle by Billy Pyle
M1 Garand – M14 Shop Manual by Jerry Kuhnhauser
Can be tough to find. Not listed by Scott Duff or the Fulton Armory can probably get you a copy.
Book of the Garand by Maj. Gen. Julian S. Hatcher
Can be tough to find. The 1983 hardcover version is published by the Rutgers Book Center and you may be able to find older versions used.
Bruce Canfield’s Complete Guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine by Bruce Canfield
A Collector’s Guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine by Bruce Canfield
Out of print with some copies still available.
Small Arms Today by Ed Ezell
Supposed to be the best source of information on which countries use which firearms and when.
Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II by Belton Y. Cooper
“After examining the rusty, mud covered rifle, I figured it had probably been on the ground for at least two months. There was a live round in the chamber, and both the bolt and the safety were rusted tight in the firing position…. I held the rifle at arms length, pointed it over the hill toward the enemy line, and pulled the trigger. It fired perfectly, and the reaction sheared loose the rust on the bolt and inserted a new round in the chamber. I then unloaded the rifle, gave it to White, and told him to take it back to the small arms section. They could clean it up and reissue it. I had always felt that the Garand rifle was an excellent gun, and this certainly confirmed it. General Patton reportedly called it “the ultimate weapon of World War II”
TM 9-1005-222-12 by U.S Department of Defense
Look for the edition published March 17, 1969; copies have been seen at gun shows for as low as $2.00. This includes a brief history and how it came to be. It shows examples of the Mondragon, St. Etienne, Pederson, and Johnson. It covers every aspec of the M1 including the M1C and D along with every accessory and armorer tool. It also shows disassembly of each part completely. Approximately 64 pages with lots of photos.
Testing The War Weapons by Timoty J. Mulling
Ratings of various weapons including the M1903, M1917, M1 Garand, and more. Subtitled “Rifles and Light Machine Guns from Around the World”.
U.S. Rifle M14:From John Garand to the M21 by Author Unknown
Information about the M13.
North Cape Publications — Various Titles by Various Authors
North Cape has books on the Garand, marksmanship, M1903, and other battle rifles. They offer a 20% discount if you give your CMP customer number. Their order line is +1-800-745-9714.
The M1 Garand 1936 to 1957 by Joe Poyer and Craig Riesch
Available from North Cape Publications, PO Box 1027F, Tustin CA 92781 at $19.95 per copy, plus $2.50 postage (Priority Mail $4.10). CA residents please add 7.75% sales tax. You can order via or phone toll free 1-800 745-9714.