M1 Garand — Shoot Fast! With Jerry Miculek

By Woody published on in Antique Firearms, Chronicle, Collector Firearms, Competitive Shooting, Firearm Collecting, Firearms, General, Guest Posts, History, Rifle Ammunition, Rifles

In this episode of the new Shoot Fast! series, CTD Team Shooter Jerry Miculek takes the legendary M1 Garand out to the range to see just how fast he can shoot it.

At the front of the 18:44 video, Jerry talks about the development of the rifle, its wartime use, and cartridge design and variations.

The Shoot Fast! part starts around 11:10, when Jerry shoots 6 rounds into a single paper target at 7 yards. He’s using 150-grain Greek M2 ball ammo loaded into clips (not magazines) unique to the rifle.

The first shot from low ready gets out at .71 seconds, with a total time of 1.56 seconds for the 6-shot string. The split times are around .17 seconds.

“You can see the firepower of the M1 coming into play every 17 hundredths of a second,” Jerry says. “Pretty impressive.”

He later wards off an attack by six charging soda bottles.



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Comments (15)



    I enjoyed the history and shooting demo. I own an M-1 Carbine that was passed to me by my father in law. The rounds that came with it however do not look at all like the ones you demonstrated. They are a straight bras case with no shoulder and a round ball nose. Was the carbine ammo different that the full stock M-1?


  • Steve Singleton


    There’s a huge difference between the M1 Garand battle rifle (.30-06 ammunition) and the M1 Carbine that you have, which fires a much smaller and less powerful cartridge similar in appearance to the .38 pistol round. M1 (and select-fire M2) carbines were intended for officers and certain other military personnel who would normally be required to carry the Colt .45 1911 pistol but giving them a bit more firepower. There was also a “paratrooper” version with folding stock.


  • John Long


    Very different.
    M1 Garand, 30-06, necked cartridge case, 63mm long, mil-spec bullet is a 147-150 grain FMJ.

    M1 Carbine, .30 Carbine, straight, pistol style cartridge case, 33mm long, mil-spec bullet is 110 grains, FMJ.

    That both use the designation M1, has been the cause of some confusion for 70 years.


  • survival kits


    survival kits…

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  • Hans


    It is a truly amazing rifle. After you put it on your shoulder and tilt your head slightly you have your target acquired. I hit the almost same group with the M 1 with iron sights as with the M 14 and a scope attached during combat shooting. Yes, it is a little bit heavy but the reward is you can keep the target in your sights. And the cartridge packs an incredible punch.


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