Thanks to a reader tip, Forgotten Weapons has something really cool:
we found a couple minutes of video of John Garand talking about the development of US small arms. It was buried in an episode of “The Big Picture”; a syndicated TV program produced by the US Army from 1951 through 1964 (I’m not sure exactly when this particular clip was filmed).
via John Garand on US Weapons Development (Video).
Rather than embed it, we’d rather send you guys over there to watch it; they found it, after all, let them have the hits and the credit. Like them, we were surprised by his accent, but of course he was an immigrant from Montreal, “where the house she doan’ grow side by each, anyway!”
If you’re a gun geek, even to see a few minutes of John Garand speaking is a pretty big deal.
Kevin was a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S). His focus was on weapons: their history, effects and employment. He started WeaponsMan.com in 2011 and operated it until he passed away in 2017. His work is being preserved here at the request of his family.