The M1 Garand rifle became the standard weapon of the US Combat Soldier during three wars, World War 2, Korea and Vietnam and was still in use at the end of the Vietnam War unofficially by US Forces. The M1 Garand was adopted as the standard infantry weapon in 1936 and held that position until 1957 when it was replaced by the M14 rifle, as said previously it still proved popular and was used all through the Vietnam War unofficially. During its production run more than 5,500,000 rifles were produced with more than 4,000,000 being produced during World War 2 alone.
The M1 Garand clip unlike that of the SMLE rifle of the British was not a stripper clip and was slipped into the weapon, when all of the rounds had been fired it would eject usually creating a metallic ping as it left. This sound started to be listened for by enemy forces and upon hearing it they would break cover to fire, the US serviceman countered this by hitting the rifle with a piece of metal to deceive the enemy; this action was supposedly most commonly used against Japanese forces. The advantage of the M1 Garand over most other rifles during World War 2 was that it did not have to be cocked between each shot. Legend Productions has released four different offerings covering the M1 Garand Rifle designed by John Cantius Garand in different set ups. The offering I am looking at here is the M1 Garand Set with Fixed Bayonet.
This offering from Legend Productions is supplied in an end opening card carton with their usual package detailing. The carton in my case is covered with a shrink wrapped plastic that makes the carton quite resilient. Inside of the packaging is a Ziploc bag containing the resin goodies that make up this offering from Legend Productions. Looking at the rifles in this set I will say that there is a lot of clean up required by the modeller due to the number of gates used by Legend Productions to make sure that there are no voids in the finished item.
This offering is one of the 3D mastered offerings that Legend Productions has got into in a big way and is making good inroads into the market. This set provides five M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. You are also provided with 12 ammunition clips, an aspect that I greatly approve of. I have measured the resin rifles and they scale out at 1,103mm and so there is only a 3mm difference if they were 1 to 1 scale and that is nothing in 1/35th scale.
The details provided by Legend Productions are a very good match for the real weapon with the only complaint I could make being the lack of harnesses for the rifles which would have been a very nice addition to this set. The ammunition strips are a very well done item of this set with a beautiful level of detail provided. The fixed bayonets are very thin and will require extreme care to avoid breakages, with that said the scale is very good due to how thin they are.
It is good to see the weapons used by the Allies during World War 2 getting attention in resin and these offerings from Legend Productions are well done. I do have a gripe about the lack of harnesses for each of the rifles, but I cannot fault what has been included in this set. The finesse of the fixed bayonets is especially good.
Darren Baker takes a look at 1 of the 4 Garand rifle sets from Legend Productions in 1/35th scale 'M1 Garand Set with Fixed Bayonet'.
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About Darren Baker (CMOT) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM
I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...