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Posted: 6/15/2002 9:17:51 PM EDT
I found a place called gunrag.com,  that stated M-1 Garands were finally retired fom National Guard units in the LATE 1970's. I thought Garands were replaced by the early 1970's. If not by the M16A1, then at least by the M-14. Does anyone have any info or stories about this???
Link Posted: 6/15/2002 9:30:49 PM EDT
[#1]
I saw a few issued to some South Vietnamese garrison troopers in the late 60s.
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 1:30:51 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/16/2002 6:16:15 AM EDT
[#3]
The Ohio Army Reserve National Guard used them at Kent State University in May of 1970. I also saw R.O.K. "Guardsmen" using them during Team Spirit in 1985 near Yea Chon ROKAFB.
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 6:30:32 AM EDT
[#4]
My USNR unit was equipped with several 7.62 NATO chambered M1s and several M14s as late as 1986.  The M14s except for two were set up internally for semi-auto fire only.  Having fired the select-fire M14 in FA mode, I agreed with the SA only set-up.  The M14 in FA is tough to control.

Noah
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 8:07:26 AM EDT
[#5]
If you go beyond the US army, I know that units in the Danish Army used them until aorund 1990.

These were mostly support units like artillery and supply, but one combat regiment retained the M-1 until 1990.

The rest of combat units used the H&K G-3, and switched to the C-7 (M-16) in the late 90s.

That's where the "Danish Garands" from the CMP come from - they were given to Denmark right after WW-II, and many of them have just come back ot the US relatively recently.

Here's a parade from early 1990 with Garands.

Link Posted: 6/16/2002 8:21:25 AM EDT
[#6]
Claus:

Fixed your picture.

JD

Link Posted: 6/16/2002 8:23:58 AM EDT
[#7]
I was a member of a (very small---only about 100 members) Michigan National Guard medical unit in the early 70's---in fact, it was a MASH unit.  The unit was issued a few firearms for defensive purposes---about a half dozen .45's, probably about a dozen M1's and maybe 20 or so Carbines. I recall that in about 1970 or 71 they replaced the M1's with M16's----then, a couple of years later, replaced the Carbines with additional M16's. I can also kind of recall going to Summer Camp in mid-70's----(that was near the end of my 6 year enlistment)----and noticing that by that time, everyone then had M16's---there were no M1's or Carbines to be seen.  Those Summer Camps----at Grayling, in Michigan---frequently included troops from Michigan, Indiana as well as Ohio---so, I would think that they would tend to be somewhat representative of what was 'happening' around the greater U. S.
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 8:24:19 AM EDT
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Thanks.  
Link Posted: 6/17/2002 9:00:52 AM EDT
[#9]
I went through USN boot camp in 1971.  We shot the M1.  The ship I was on had M14s but I didn't see any M1s.
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