I recently put together a little article called Ten Facts About the M1 Garand Battle Rifle. But, I'll bet you guys know many more tidbits and much more trivia about the Garand than I do. So, drop a little known fact about the M1 Garand on us! Here's one I found when I was doing my reading: The Garand's designer, John C. Garand, was a civil servant working in the U.S. Springfield Armory. During World War II, he was recognized with two medals from congress but no bonus or extra cash.