Monday, March 26, 2007

M1 Garand for Shifty Powers

Sometimes you read a story that restores your faith in humanity – and I had the privilege of reading just such a story this weekend. I’m a member of the Garand Collectors Association, and they send out a magazine to the membership. There was an excellent story in this past issue.

Those of you familiar with the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers , based on the Stephen Ambrose book of the same name, will immediately recognize the name Daryl “Shifty” Powers. For those of you not familiar with Shifty or Band of Brothers, please crawl out from under your rock and check out the series on DVD!

Shifty was considered to be the best shot in Easy Company with the M1 Garand, and he approached a WW2 re-enactor about buying his rifle – instead, with the help of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, they built him a rifle matching Shifty’s service rifle in World War II – even down to the last 3 digits of the serial number.

Read more here:

http://www.odcmp.org/1006/default.asp?page=SHIFTY_RIFLE

If you’re interested in buying your own M1 Garand – or M1 Carbine for that matter, check out the CMP home page!

Until later!

1 comment:

Scott said...

Sir, you are a gentleman. I am touched by the lengths you all went to to show Mr. Powers your appreciation for his sacrifice. These men are indeed heros and they deserve our respect and praise. You all have done a great thing. This is a wonderful story and it nearly brought me to tears.