The M1 presented to John Cantius Garand himself upon his retirement, serial number 1,000,000, will be on the auction bloc auction in September.
You may not be familiar with the man behind the iconic M1 Garand. Jean Cantius Garand began working at the Springfield Armory in 1919 at the tender age of 29.
He stayed there for some 34 years, until he retired in 1953. In that time he was involved in the development of a number of firearms, but it was the creation of an iconic semiautomatic rifle at the onset of WWII bearing his name that would prove to be his lasting legacy.