Really interesting story. Thanks for posting it up, Phos! I've yet to own a Garand, and I'm probably too set in my ways to change now. But what a place they have in our history of small arms. They sure made a difference in both theaters of WW2.
I had always been interested in the M14 and the short, BM-59 series of carbines. But after reading this, I wonder if the same issues came up with those "Tanker" models?