The other books mentioned are good, I would also include books by Scott Duff as suggested by lefty o. Some eamples of his work are "The M1 Garand:World WAR 2",also "The M1 Garand : post War world 2". Don't forget books written by Bruce Canfield, or Clint Mckee.
One great book is " US Infantry Weapons In Combat". This book interviews WW2 and Korea veterans about their personal experiences in combat with firearms such as the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, Bar, M1a1 Thompson, M3a1 Grease Gun and M1911 Pistol.
Thanks for the help everyone. I probably would look to WWII era over post WWII because I want the book for a friend's birthday. He got a really nice WWII vintage Garand from his wife for Christmas (she's a pretty great Santa!). I think some of the history of development & introduction might be interesting to him.
Clancy's books are wonderful. However, for the beginning Garand collector, I think they offer too much information.
At first, I didn't care why my Garand may have cost so much in 1943, I wanted to know how to take it apart and if the parts were "correct". Clancy's books are something everyone Garand collector should read. His labor of love realy helps one understand what was taking place at the time.
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