The Firearm Blog has a great video on the legendary “ping” of the M1 Garand.
We’ve all heard it at gun shows or with friends: The M1 Garand was the first rifle that brought true semiautomatic firepower to the battlefield, but it came with a fatal flaw – the ping, which would alert German soldiers that the hapless GI was out of ammo, allowing them to pop up and strike!
(For some reason, it’s always German soldiers, never Japanese, or Italian, or anyone else. I guess Germans just have better hearing.)
Of course this idea is a little far-fetched to begin with, but still, it’s something worth testing, and that’s where we turn to the Bloke and Chap of the YouTube channel Bloke on the Range. Will the dastardly German soldier (played by Chap) get the better of the brave American GI (Bloke), or will John Garand’s tactical egg timer prevail? Check out the video below, to find out!