The M1 Garand was the first semi-automatic rifle used by any infantry. It was designed by John Cantius Garand and became the standard service rifle of the United States Army and Marine Corps from 1936 to 1957. It succeeded the bolt-action M1903 rifle and was followed by the selective fire M14. Even after the M14 was introduced, it was used until 1966 in smaller numbers. The M1 is still used by the military by drill teams and military honor gaurds.
The M1 fires the .30-06 springfield and is a popular civilian rifle for hunting, target shooting, competitions, and gun or military collecting.